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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Master of Science in Occupational 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. Please submit your size using the fall 2021 white coat order form.

Questions about white coat orders can be directed to

All students are required to complete two certifications through the American Heart Association by the end of their first semester in the master's program:

A face-to-face/hands-on training course must be completed, and substitutions from other companies will not be accepted. Students will upload a copy of their certifications into the fieldwork database during their first semester. Instructions on how to do this will be provided at orientation.

Questions about certifications may be directed to Professor Freeman at

The MCPHS University bookstore at the Boston campus is able to sell and rent textbooks to Worcester and Manchester students through their website. They offer free shipping and a bundle discount code to students for course material orders.

Required Texts and Materials: - Class of 2023 Fall Book List:

OTH 500: Contemporary Theory in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Boyt-Schell, B, & Gillen, G. (2018). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy 13th ed.

*Note: this text is required for both OTH 500 and 505

OTH 505: Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy

  • Thomas, H. (2015). Occupation-based activity analysis 2nd ed., Slack Inc.
  • Boyt-Schell, B, & Gillen, G. (2018). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy 13th ed.

*Note: this text is required for both OTH 500 and 505

OTH 510: Practice Engagement: Mental Health

  • Brown, Catana & Stoffel, Virginia, (2019). Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation, 2nd ed., F.A. Davis Company (Please use 2nd edition only)

OTH 511: Practice Engagement: Therapeutic Groups

  • Cole, M.B. (2017). Group dynamics in occupational therapy: The theoretical basis and practice application of group intervention, 5th ed., Slack Inc.
  • Evetts, Cynthia & Peloquin, Suzanne (2017), Mindful Crafts as Therapy: Engaging More Than Hands, 1st ed., F.A. Davis Company

OTH 520 Scholarship in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice

  • Brown, Catana. (2016) The Evidence-Based Practitioner: Applying Research to Meet Client Needs, 1st ed. F.A. Davis Company

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Eileen Sheehan Willet
Office Administrator
School of Occupational Therapy



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