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Next Steps for Online Students

Congratulations on your acceptance. We know that you have what it takes to succeed at MCPHS. And now that you have been admitted, it’s time to take the next step toward your exciting future in healthcare.

Submit your deposit to secure your spot in the incoming class by logging into your MCPHS Portal. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable.

Submit Your Deposit

We will continue to post information necessary to your enrollment here, so please bookmark this page and visit it often.

Deposited Student Next Steps

At MCPHS, technology is meant to assist you in your academic journey, not hinder your success. To provide you with the most robust learning environment, we have identified a guideline for ensuring you have the best experience. Before the start of classes, please be sure to check our technology requirements below and ensure that your computer or laptop meets our minimum requirements. We also strongly encourage you to have access to a webcam and microphone as some interactive online coursework may require it. Additional software may be required by your course instructors and will vary by semester, so please be sure to consult your course syllabus at the start of each term.

PC

Specification Minimum Recommended

Processor

Intel or AMD quad-core processor

Intel or AMD Core i5 processor

Operating System

Windows® 7

Windows® 8 or 10

RAM

4 GB

8 GB or higher

Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
Firefox 39

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
Firefox Final Release

Internet Connection

Broadband (cable or DSL)
Wireless 802.11n card

Broadband (cable)
Wireless 802.11n/a/g compatible card

Hardware

20 GB of hard disk space

30 GB+ of hard disk space

Software

MS Office 2010
Anti-virus software

MS Office 2013 or 2016
Anti-virus software

Plug-ins
(free downloads)

Windows Media Player 11
Adobe Acrobat Reader 11
Flash Player 18
Java SE 7 Update 6
VLC 2.2

Windows Media Player 12
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Flash Player 22
Java SE 8 Update 102
VLC 2.2.4

Peripherals

Speakers
Sound card

Speakers
Sound card
Headset/microphone/webcam

Macintosh

Specification Minimum Recommended

Processor

Intel 2 GHz or higher

Intel 3 GHz or higher

Operating System

OS X (10.7)

OS X (10.9)

RAM

4 GB

8 GB or higher

Browser

Firefox 3.0
Safari 5

Firefox Final Release
Safari 7

Internet Connection

Broadband (cable or DSL)
Wireless 802.11n card

Broadband (cable)
Wireless 802.11n/a/g compatible card

Hardware

20 GB of hard disk space

30 GB+ of hard disk space

Software

MS Office 2011 or higher
Anti-virus software

MS Office 2016 for Mac
Sophos or ClamXav

Plug-ins
(free downloads)

Adobe Acrobat Reader 11
Flash Player 18
Java SE 8 Update 91

VLC 2.2

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Flash Player 22
Java SE 8 Update 102

VLC 2.2.4

Peripherals

Speakers
Sound card

Speakers
Sound card
Headset/microphone/webcam

White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the Nursing department. Please fill out the white coat order form. Sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing.

The MCPHS University School of Graduate Nursing will host an orientation on December 7, 2018 at our Worcester campus.

View the schedule for orientation here.

 

First Semester Course Registration

First semester course registration will be completed for all students by the Registrar's Office, with the exception of Public Health and Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree Completion students. Your confirmed schedule will be accessible to you via your MCPHS WebAdvisor account. On your schedule, class times will say “TBD” due to the fact that there is no specific log-on time. The start and end dates for each course will be listed on the schedule.

If you have been accepted to the Master of Public Health program and paid your tuition deposit, you should contact the program chair, Carly Levy, at carly.levy@mcphs.edu to discuss your first semester schedule. If you do not reach out to Carly Levy, you will not be registered for classes.

If you have been accepted to the Bachelor of Health Sciences Completion program and have paid your tuition deposit, you should contact the program chair, Robin Harvan, at robin.harvan@mcphs.edu to discuss your first semester schedule. If you do not reach out to Robin Harvan, you will not be registered for classes.

Please note: Only students who have paid a tuition deposit will receive a schedule.

Making Changes to First Semester Schedule

Should you need to make any changes to your first semester schedule after it has been issued, you may do so by logging into WebAdvisor and then adding or dropping a course. For more information about logging into and making changes in WebAdvisor, visit our FAQs.

Please note: Nursing, Dental Hygiene, MRI, and PharmD students must speak with a program director to request schedule changes. These programs are cohort based and all students typically take the same courses at the same time.

Course Registration After the First Semester

After the first semester, students are required to self-register for classes via WebAdvisor with the exception of students in the Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway and MRI Certificate programs. Students must proactively work with an MCPHS faculty member or program chair to determine course availability and course options for the upcoming semester during the open registration period. Failure to self-register for classes after the first semester via WebAdvisor will result in a student not being registered for courses.

Before you begin your first MCPHS Online course, you'll need to complete a brief Blackboard-based orientation that will introduce you to the online learning environment. These modules will verify that your computer is configured properly and will prepare you with best practices for online learning. This is an important step — we want to make sure you're familiar with the look, feel, and requirements of your course before you dive in and begin your academic journey. After you have received your MCPHS login credentials (username and password) you should login to Blackboard and look for ONL.BB.101 in your "Courses" area to get started!

Please note: This orientation is supplemental, and it does not replace a campus-based required or optional orientation. Get more details about whether or not your program requires a campus visit.

If you have questions about financing your education or the financial aid application process, please contact the Student Financial Services Office at kristen.desrochers@mcphs.edu or 603.314.1729 or visit our financial aid page.

If you have not already done so, please make certain to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You will use this code to indicate that you are applying for financial aid at MCPHS University.

When your financial aid award is complete, you will receive the package in an e-mail. This will be e-mailed to you 2-3 weeks after your FAFSA has been completed and received by MCPHS.

Please note: Your social security number (SSN) must be on file with the Admission Office in order for Student Financial Services to review your application for federal aid. If you have not provided your SSN to the Admission Office, please call 508.373.5657 and speak with a counselor.

Certificate and Graduate Certificate Program Students

Students who have been accepted to a certificate or graduate certificate program will not be eligible for federal aid and should contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729 to learn more about alternative options for financing your online education.

Students enrolled in an online degree program at MCPHS are not required to have health insurance while enrolled as an online student at MCPHS University. Additionally, online students do not need to submit proof of health insurance or a waiver while they are enrolled since online students are not automatically registered or billed for University health insurance.

Students enrolled in programs that require proof of immunization will be contacted via email to initiate the immunization process. Students should not initiate the process prior to receiving this email as it contains personalized information from our immunization service.

MCPHS works with CastleBranch, a confidential health information service, to track student immunization records and compliance. Please regularly check your email for an invitation to register with CastleBranch. You will be provided with specific immunization requirements and the appropriate immunization form by CastleBranch. There is a one-time fee of $25 to open your account.

If you have any questions about this process, please email immunization@mcphs.edu.

Please note: Your package code is unique to your program and will reflect the physical MCPHS University campus to which your program is accredited (Boston, Worcester, or Manchester, as appropriate).

Check the list below to see if your program requires submission of an immunization form.

Programs Requiring Immunization Forms

  • BSHS/BSN Dual Degree
  • RN to BSN Completion
  • RN to MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN, Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
  • Nurse Educator (MSN)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (CAGS)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CAGS)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Advanced Certificate)
  • PharmD Pathway (Postbaccalaureate)

Please complete the MCPHS Library Tutorial prior to enrollment. This interactive tutorial will introduce you to the MCPHS University library resources and allow you to practice navigating our Web site. This tutorial works best in Firefox or Chrome.

Welcome to Disability Support Services
Main Office: 8:30am - 4:30pm | 617-879-5995 | Fax: 617-608-5888
Boston/Online 617-879-5995 | Manchester 603-314-1709 | Worcester 857-337-5015
DSS@mcphs.edu

Disability Support Services (DSS) is a part of the Division of Student Affairs and provides services and accommodations to students across our four campuses (Manchester, Boston, Worcester, Newton) and to students in our Online programs. MCPHS University and DSS are committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access to educational opportunities and programs through the Americans with Disabilities Act Amended (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who are otherwise qualified for admission are encouraged to meet with Disability Support Services to discuss reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity.

As part of the process, a student requesting accommodations may need to provide DSS with documentation of their disability. Documentation which may be required includes medical records, an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a 504 Plan, a psychoeducational evaluation, and/or letters from physicians, psychologists, or a licensed mental health professional.

Determination of reasonable accommodations is a deliberative and collaborative process between the student and DSS. This process often includes DSS’s review of third-party documentation provided by the student’s qualified professional. MCPHS University will consider the student’s disability, history, experience, request, and the unique characteristics of the course, program, or requirement, in order to determine if a specific accommodation is reasonable.

MCPHS University ensures FERPA compliance and therefore all information submitted to Disability Support Services will remain confidential.

For general information or specific questions please complete the DSS Quick Response Form and a staff member will contact you within two work days. Alternatively, feel free to call DSS at 617-879-5995 or email the office at DSS@mcphs.edu.

To initiate services, please complete STEPS 1 and 2 in the process described below:

STEP 1: Make a Request for Services/Accommodations

Student completes the DSS Student Request for Services Form (SRS). Requests can be completed online, or if a student received a paper SRS, requests can be mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to the DSS office.

STEP 2: Submit Supporting Documentation

Student submits supporting, current, clinical documentation from a qualified professional which may include past 504 plans, IEP's, psychoeducational evaluations, and/or letters from physicians, psychologists, or a licensed mental health professional. Documentation can be uploaded to the online DSS Student Request for Services Form; mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to the DSS office.

STEP 3: Intake Appointment

Once DSS has received the Student Request for Services Form and qualifying documentation, DSS will invite the student (at the email address provided) to an Intake Appointment. During this appointment, individualized services and reasonable accommodations will be discussed.

STEP 4: Initiate Services for the Upcoming Semester

If a student is found eligible to receive services through DSS, the student will be provided a DSS Accommodation Letter, will receive training on approved services, and DSS will review how a student presents their Accommodation Letter to each professor, every semester.

Each student who receives a DSS Accommodation Letter is responsible for:

  • Communicating their individual accommodations to each professor.
  • Making all applicable ongoing, electronic service requests (testing, note-taking, and alternate text requests) within the specified time-frame.

STEP 5: Follow-up

Students are encouraged to follow-up with DSS as needed; DSS professional staff members are available to review communication of a students' approved accommodations with their professors, discuss additional accommodation requests, and/or disability-related resources and supports.

Online Learning Life Hacks

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From maintaining a schedule that works for you to creating a comfortable work space, here are our tips for making the most of your online learning experience.

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