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Application for Admission
NESA invites all applicants who are considering careers in acupuncture and Oriental medicine to
become as informed as possible about the profession and the individuals who have chosen to practice this
healing art. The most thorough description of NESA is available on NESA’s web site www.nesa.edu or in
the catalogue. Visits to NESA and exposure to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are highly
recommended. Please call (617) 558-1788 x105 for more information.
The education of NESA students as healers is central to the school and each student has a considerable
effect on the life and learning of the academic acupuncture and Oriental medicine community as a whole.
The Admissions Committee looks for students who are motivated, open-minded, mature and who express
sensitivity and compassion with respect toward others. The master’s degree programs at NESA require
flexibility and commitment on the part of the student.
Inside this Application Packet:
• Application for Admission
• Letter of Recommendation Forms
• NESA Financial Aid Form
150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458 617.558.1788 • www.nesa.edu
NESA requires that all students must have earned a bachelor’s degree
from an accredited college or university. (Transfer and international
students, please see “special instructions” below).
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
1. Application form: Type or print legibly, completing the form in its
entirety. The form may be separated at the fold.
2. Two passport size photographs of yourself: Please attach
photos to the area designated at the bottom of the application form.
3. Statement of Purpose: Describe your reasons for pursuing a career
in Oriental medicine from the perspective of past accomplishments,
experiences, and future goals. The Admissions Committee considers
the Statement of Purpose an expression of your personal and
professional vision, and an indication of your ability to
communicate that vision clearly and thoughtfully. Include your
academic, professional and personal interests; information about
what led you to consider a career in healthcare in general, and this
field specifically; and any previous study or training in the healing
arts. Essays of 2-4 pages in length should be submitted with your
4. Résumé: Please submit your most recent résumé/CV with
your application form. Include your current and previous work
experiences; honors, awards, and fellowships earned as a
professional, volunteer, or student; personal interests and training.
5. Application deadlines and non-refundable fees:
after May 1
3 mos. prior to
6. Official transcripts: Request OFFICIAL transcripts from all
colleges or universities you have attended, including all course work
attempted or completed. Official transcripts must be sent directly to
NESA from the registrar of each institution.
7. Two academic or professional letters of recommendation:
Letters must be from individuals who have supervised you in a
professional or academic capacity. Please complete the applicant
and right of access (sections 1 & 2) information on the enclosed
Letter of Recommendation forms and forward them to the persons
who will complete them.
8. Personal interview: An application is not considered by the
Admissions Committee until an interview has been conducted.
After all application materials are received, NESA will contact you
to schedule this required Admissions interview with a member or
members of the Admissions Committee.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS
• Please submit your application and $150 non-refundable application
fee at least 3 months prior to the planned term of enrollment.
• A course catalog and syllabi for all coursework completed at previous
school(s) of acupuncture and Oriental medicine are required.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
• Begin the application process at least 6 months prior to to the final
• Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school, translated
by a reputable agency, and evaluated by a U.S. educational transcript
• Provide evidence of financial support.
• Send proof of English language proficiency: TOEFL and TSE scores.
For more detailed information, please visit the ADMISSIONS section
of our website, www.nesa.edu. Select “Apply to NESA” then click on
* As space is available.
N E S A A p p l i c a t i o n Fo r m
Applying for admission fall (August) 20______(year)
The New England School of Acupuncture admits qualified students of any race, gender, sexual
orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally
accorded or made available to students at the college. NESA does not discriminate on the basis of
race, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational
policies, admission policies or other school-administered programs.
Enclosed Application Fee:
■ $100 (standard application)
■ $150 (transfer application)
Pa r t O n e : S t u d e n t I n f o r m a t i o n
APPLICANT’S FIRST NAME
MAIDEN, PREVIOUS OR OTHER NAME
■ Use as Permanent address
Permanent Address (if different from above)
DATE OF BIRTH
■ U.S. citizen
Have you applied to NESA in the past?
■ U.S. permanent resident
Have you ever been dismissed or suspended from
any college, university, or acupuncture program
■ Yes ■ No
for scholastic or disciplinary reasons?
How did you hear about NESA?
NAME OF COUNTRY
Please provide official language exam scores if English is not your
TOEFL EXAM SCORE / DATE TAKEN
TSE EXAM SCORE / DATE TAKEN
Please complete the following for government statistical
■ Female ■ Male Country of Origin:
Are you Hispanic or Latino? ■ No ■ Yes
IF “YES,”DESCRIBE BACKGROUND
Please select one or more groups in which you consider yourself a
member, regardless of your answer to the previous question.
■ Black or African American ■ White ■ Asian
■ Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
■ Native American, Alaskan Native
First language (if other than English)
Language spoken at home
PA R T I I : A c a d e m i c o r Pr o f e s s i o n a l L e t t e r s o f R e c o m m e n d a t i o n
As part of your application, you are required to have recommendation letters submitted by two individuals. Please list below the names and
positions of the individuals who will be submitting your letters, and have them complete the enclosed "Letter of Recommendation" forms. NESA
does not accept letters of recommendation from psychotherapists or clients.
PA R T I I I : Pr e v i o u s E d u c a t i o n
Please list in chronological order each institution of higher education you have attended, indicating dates of attendance, degree earned, major or
concentration, and date of earned or expected degree.
Dates of Attendance
PA R T I V: S c i e n c e R e q u i r e m e n t s
Human Anatomy and Physiology plus two additional science courses must be completed prior to full-time enrollment. Please list information
regarding completed science courses below. Official transcripts must also be submitted to NESA.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I*
Human Anatomy & Physiology II*
General Biology with lab
Microbiology with lab
* All science courses may be completed at NESA or any other USDOE accredited institution.
Pa r t V: S u b m i s s i o n
Send your application, résumé, statement of purpose and application fee to NESA Admissions, 150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458.
All materials filed in support of this application become part of your permanent record at the New England School of Acupuncture.
I certify that the information provided in this application is true to the best of my knowledge. If any of the information on this changes between
now and my matriculation at NESA, I will notify the Admissions Department. By signing this application, I grant permission to NESA to contact the
institutions listed above.
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