MCPHS Online Orientation

Welcome to the MCPHS Online community! As you prepare to begin your courses, you will experience orientation events designed to help you successfully transition to online learning and the MCPHS Online experience. Questions about Orientation? Contact us by calling 508.373.5657 or email us at admissions.online@mcphs.edu.

MCPHS Online 101

All online students at MCPHS will automatically be registered for a MCPHS Online 101 prior to the start of classes. MCPHS Online 101 is an online orientation that is deigned to help students familiarize themselves with MCPHS Online. You will learn how to use our online learning environment, learn more about University services and technology requirements, and learn tips for first-time online students. Completion of this online orientation is strongly encouraged.

Master of Public Health Mandatory Remote Orientation

In addition to MCPHS Online 101, the Master of Public Health program will have a mandatory remote orientation January 4th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bookmark this page and check back later for more detailed information. 

Start of Classes

The first day of classes for the Spring 2018 semester will be January 8, 2018. Please note that you cannot access your coursework on Blackboard before this date. Similar to a face-to-face class, you cannot access the syllabus or assignments before the first day of classes. Your schedule and book lists will be available on WebAdvisor a few weeks prior to the start of the semester.

The following programs require a mandatory orientation prior to enrollment:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN and CAGS)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN and CAGS)
  • Nurse Educator (MSN & Graduate Certificate)

Orientation Dates: Wednesday-Thursday, May 2-3 on the MCPHS Worcester campus. Details to be emailed to students several weeks prior to orientation.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dates, times, and more information will be posted after January 1, 2018.


  • RN-MSN Bridge Program

Orientation Date: Wednesday, May 2 on the MCPHS Worcester campus. Details to be emailed to students several weeks prior to orientation.


The following programs have a mandatory orientation prior to enrollment:

  • Dental Hygiene (MS, BS Completion, and AD to MS)
  • PharmD (Post baccalaureate Pathway)
  • Public Health (MPH)

Dates, times, and more information will be posted starting Spring 2018.

The following programs offer an optional orientation:

  • Clinical Research (MS and Graduate Certificate)
  • Health Policy (MS and Graduate Certificate)
  • Healthcare Administration (Masters)
  • Healthcare Management (Graduate Certificate)
  • Health Sciences (Masters and Doctor)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (Doctor of Science)
  • Public Health (Graduate Certificate)

Dates, times, and more information will be posted starting Spring 2018.

Online Learning Life Hacks

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