Medical Care for Students
Tufts Medical Center is the preferred medical center for currently enrolled Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. Tufts Medical Center is a major academic medical center with its main campus located in the heart of downtown Boston. It provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for both adults and children. Tufts Medical Center has pioneered innovative programs in clinical care, biomedical research, education, and health delivery for more than 220 years.
Many services are available through Tufts Medical Center's Collegiate Center for Wellness, including same-day/next-day urgent care visits, and their goal is to provide the highest level of quality care for all of our student's needs. Berklee is committed to ensuring ease of access to medical care to reduce barriers to quality care.
Contact Tufts Medical Center's dedicated student line at 617-636-6006 to schedule an appointment in the Collegiate Center for Wellness (CCW) or to request more information. The phone line's hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge and no copay for visits to the CCW. Lab work, imaging studies, and appointments with other providers at TMC outside of the CCW will be charged to insurance. All major insurances are accepted, including the Berklee-sponsored health insurance plan .
Because locations vary depending on the type of visit, students will be informed of the location when calling for an appointment. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call during business hours or visit online anytime. Interpreter services are available.
Can I get round-trip transportation to Tufts Medical Center?
Tufts Medical Center can help coordinate round-trip transportation to the Collegiate Center for Wellness from campus at no cost to students for COVID-related care, non-COVID-related urgent care/sick visits, or if you have difficulty walking. You can request a ride when scheduling your appointment. The on-campus pick-up and drop-off location is listed below.
Round-trip transportation is not for emergencies. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call Public Safety at 617-747-8888 (extension 8888 if on campus) or 911 from any location.
Pick-up and drop-off location on campus: 1140 Boylston Street
Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
What services are offered at Tufts Medical Center?
The following list includes many, but not all, of the services offered at Tufts Medical Center:
- Primary care
- Sports medicine
- Physical therapy
- STI testing
- Eye care
Note that Berklee does not pay for transportation and telehealth access fees for the services listed above.
What should I do in a medical emergency?
Students who are seriously injured or very sick, and in need of emergency medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. There is no direct medical care available on campus.
In the case of life-threatening situations or where students are unable to transport themselves to the hospital, call Public Safety at 617-747-8888 (or dial extension 8888 from any campus phone) if on campus, or dial 911 from any location.
Please note: Hospitals and ambulances are not appropriate for regular medical care. There is usually a long wait time at hospitals for non-urgent patients, and the expense is usually higher than if the patient is seen in a routine healthcare setting.
Do I need to select a primary care physician (PCP) at Tufts Medical Center in order to be seen by urgent care?
During your time in Boston, we recommend that each student establishes care with a local provider. Students who select a PCP at Tufts will be able to call for a same-day/next-day urgent care appointment. Call 617-636-6006 to make an appointment.
How do I access after-hours telehealth with Tufts Medical Center?
Enrolled students have access to telehealth through Tufts Medical Center Emergency Department. Tufts ED medical providers are available seven days a week, Monday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm. (last appointment at 10:45 p.m.). If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.
Get started with telehealth (use BerkleeCOM, password is case sensitive).
Where can I get my immunizations or flu shot?
All required immunizations, as well as the flu (influenza) shot, human papillomavirus (HPV) shot, and more, are available at the locations below. In most cases, the required immunizations can be received at pharmacies; however, you may also go to a hospital or doctor's office to receive these immunizations if you prefer. Find a vaccination location near you. Immunizations are generally covered by insurance, but please check with your insurance carrier to confirm coverage.
More information on immunization requirements can be found here.
ONLINE BOOKING AVAILABLE
|Tufts Medical Center||260 Tremont Street, Boston||Dedicated student phone number: 617-636-6006||Not Available||Will see students under 18 years of age with prior authorization from a parent or guardian, or if accompanied by a parent or guardian|
841 Boylston Street, Boston (other locations available)
|Online booking available||18+ only, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian|
231 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
|617-266-6775||Online booking available||18+ only, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian|
1340 Boylston Street, Boston
|Register as a patient and schedule an appointment: 617-927-6000||Not Available||Will see students under 18 years of age with prior authorization from a parent or guardian, or if accompanied by a parent or guardian|
Do I need a health care proxy or parental involvement in my medical care?
As Berklee does not have direct health care on campus, anyone wishing to submit health care proxy documents should do so with a health care provider in Boston. Should students wish to establish care with Berklee's preferred medical provider, Tufts Medical Center, they should contact Tufts directly with their health care proxy questions.
As students who are 18 and older are legal adults in Massachusetts, students must make their own appointments and request any medical information on their own if a health care proxy has not been submitted.
What are some additional health care locations nearby?
Fenway Health specializes in services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; individuals with HIV/AIDS; and those with limited access to health services. However, care is available to anyone. Services provided by Fenway Health providers include primary care for adults and children, women’s health, transgender health, behavioral health, eye care, and dental care.
Contact Fenway Health
Location: 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Mass General Brigham (MGB) Back Bay
MGB Back Bay is a comprehensive primary care practice offering wellness visits, routine physical exams, mental health counseling, pediatric care, adult medicine, geriatric care and urgent care in a small, family-focused practice.
Contact MGB Back Bay
Location: 388 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Mass General Brigham (MGB) Urgent Care
MGB Urgent Care has eight locations throughout the Greater Boston area that provides urgent, walk-in care. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, with extremely urgent cases receiving priority attention.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 108
15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114
MGB Urgent Care Hours
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Weekends, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Kenmore
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) in Kenmore Square is a multi-specialty group practice very close to campus. HVMA offers a wide range of care and services. They offer appointments as well as an urgent care clinic (by referral from PCP only) It is important to know that HVMA is not an emergency medical facility.
You will need to show your insurance card before receiving care or filling a prescription.
Contact HVMA Kenmore
Register as a new patient: 800-249-1767
Schedule an appointment: 617-421-1194
133 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
HVMA Urgent Care Hours
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Weekends, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Holiday hours may vary.)
Where can I get STD testing?
Getting tested for STDs is quick and easy. If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Most of the time, STDs have no symptoms. Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. If you have insurance and a provider, you can get STD testing as part of a medical appointment. Below are some locations in the area where you can get STD testing as well.
More information on sexual health can be found here.
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center provides STD testing by appointment. Bring your Berklee ID card when you visit Tufts Medical Center. You will also need to show your insurance card before receiving care or filling a prescription.
Contact Tufts Medical CenterDedicated student phone number: 617-636-6006.
Tufts Medical Center Location 800 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
Tufts Medical Center Hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fenway Health offers STD testing at its own community health centers as well as through partnerships with AIDS Action and the Multicultural AIDS Coalition. Call a counselor to find the location and option best for you.
Contact Fenway Health
Call 617-267-0159 to speak with a counselor.
Fenway offers STD testing throughout the week for those in need. Call 617-927-6000 for more information.
Mass General Brigham STD Unit
Everybody, regardless of insurance status, is welcome at this Mass General clinic offers walk-in hours at its primary Boston location and its Chelsea Health Center.
Contact MGB STD Unit
55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
This Boston Medical Center-affiliated clinic offers free drop-in STD screenings, no questions asked. Specialized services are available for LGBTQ individuals and those struggling with substance abuse.
Contact Project TRUST
721 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Planned Parenthood, Greater Boston Health Center
Planned Parenthood offers affordable STD testing, counseling, and treatment for all genders, and many tests are covered by insurance.
Contact Planned Parenthood
1055 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
South End Community Health Center
SECHC offers education/prevention services, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as contraceptive counseling during all clinic hours for both scheduled and walk-in appointments. For individuals at high-risk for HIV, we also offer assessments and individualized treatment plans for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
1601 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Project SHINE (Support, Healthcare, INtervention, Education) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary HIV services program, developed to meet an essential need in our community.
Contact Project SHINE
617-568-4490 or 617-568-4673
For HIV medical care, please call 617-568-4771.
79 Paris Street, First Floor, Boston, MA 02128
Where can I get a sexual assault exam?
If you are involved in an incident of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct, we encourage you to get a sexual assault medical exam and have other injuries documented, whether or not you know your assailant. You may decide later what actions, if any, you wish to take. Receiving medical services in no way obligates you to proceed further.
A sexual assault medical exam is:
- confidential and free;
- preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and evidence collection, if sought; and
- conducted by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), who is a registered nurse with advanced training and certification in conducting sexual assault exams.
Berklee Public Safety can be reached at 617-747-8888 for assistance with emergency transportation to a hospital for emergency medical attention.
A list of recommended SANE-supported hospitals and information for preparing for the medical exam can be found here.
How can I submit feedback?
To submit feedback about the Collegiate Center for Wellness at Tufts Medical Center, please fill out the anonymous survey here.
To submit feedback about any Berklee Health and Wellness service, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Near Campus
Use the Google map below to explore the locations of different urgent care, emergency rooms, and more near Berklee's Boston campus. On the top left corner of the map, there is a button that will expand the options to choose from.