Physical Therapy

Welcome to the Physical Therapy Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Physical Therapy program at MCPHS!

We’re excited that you’ll be joining us soon. There are some important steps to prepare for your time at MCPHS, detailed below. We will continue to post specific information on this page, so be sure to check back often.

White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the department. White coat sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing. Students starting the program in fall 2024 should complete the white coat order form no later than July 20, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Dompreh at

MCPHS has established technology guidelines for all new students. 

All students are required to bring a laptop meeting the minimum specifications below for supporting both Examplify and ExamMonitor.

Each student will be required to purchase a Privacy Screen or Privacy Filter that fits their device.

At this time, Examplify can only be used on Mac, Windows, and iPad operating systems. Examplify will not run on Chromebook, Android, or Linux operating systems. Please review minimum system requirements.

All DPT students are required to have a national background check prior to encountering patients throughout the curriculum. During the first week of school, the program will collect a copy of the student's government-issued photo identification. Please be sure to carry that with you. The student should also be prepared to order a background check within a week of New Student Orientation, with a fee payable online by Visa or MC. Instructions on how to order the online background check will be provided during the Orientation.

New DPT students are asked to complete a self- study in medical terminology. The department recommends the following text for your self-study:

Nelson, A. Green, K. Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions: University of West Florida Libraries, 2021

Access this open education resource text.

This will be a foundation for your work in the clinical medicine course as well as throughout the DPT program. There will be an examination on medical terminology at the beginning of the fall semester in your Clinical Medicine and Pathology course, so plan your time accordingly. Students who do not score well on this exam will be required to repeat the exam at a later date.

If you have any questions, please email Betsy Fuller at

All students must complete CPR training prior to beginning any clinical education courses. Students must be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) at the Healthcare Provider Level by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Students must provide a copy of the Healthcare Provider Level card indicating active certification (requires recertification every two years). It is recommended that the student verify the course in advance to ensure that the course is appropriate. If students do not have a current, valid BCLS certificate by matriculation, a course will be offered on campus in September.

Download the book list [PDF] for your first semester.

  • Students can buy or rent their textbooks from the MCPHS Bookstore.
  • Shipping is free to students ordering course material.
  • The majority of textbooks are also available online via AccessPhysiotherapy, accessible through the MCPHS library at no cost.