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General Next Steps for Deposited Students

The next steps below are for students who have submitted their enrollment deposit. If you have not yet submitted your deposit you may do so on the main Online Admitted Students page.

A few months prior to the start of your term, you will receive an email with your MCPHS login credentials (username and password). This will give you access to our current student portal, as well as your MCPHS email account.

Please check your MCPHS email regularly. Important communications are sent to that address by MCPHS as you approach your start term that could impact your attendance at MCPHS if not seen

We recommend setting a weekly calendar reminder to ensure you see all communications to your MCPHS email.

If you have questions about financing your education or the financial aid application process, please contact the Student Financial Services Office at 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.

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.

Affordability Appointments

Let us help create a financial plan that works for you and your family. In a one-on-one phone conversation, a knowledgeable Student Financial Services counselor will break down the numbers for you, show you all of your available options, and give you a clear picture of how to make your education happen. Recommended for students who have submitted their FAFSA form and have already received their financial aid package from us.

Register for an Appointment

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 to open your account.

If you have any questions about this process, please email

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).

Programs on the below list require submission of an immunization form:

  • 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)

Below is a brief overview of the MCPHS Online course registration process.

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 BSHS Completion students.
  • Only students who have paid a tuition deposit will receive a schedule.
  • Your confirmed schedule will be accessible to you via your MCPHS Self-Service 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.
  • Master of Public Health students should contact Carly Levy to discuss their first semester schedule. If you do not reach out, you will not be registered for classes.
  • BSHS Completion students should contact Robin Harvan to discuss their first semester schedule. If you do not reach out, you will not be registered for classes.

Making Changes to First Semester Schedule

  • Log into Self-Service to make changes to your first semester schedule.For more information about logging into and making changes in Self-Service, 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 Self-Service 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 Self-Service will result in a student not being registered for courses.

Before the start of classes, please be sure to check our technology requirements 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.

MCPHS University and the Office of Student Access and Accommodations (OSAA) are committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access to educational opportunities and programs.

You can reach OSAA at, or at 617.879.5995.

Students are encouraged to meet with OSAA to discuss reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity.

Determination of reasonable accommodations is a deliberative and collaborative process between the student and OSAA. 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.

Requesting Services

Deposited students who have received their MCPHS student ID and email address can complete the OSAA Student Request for Services Form (SRS). Requests can be completed online, mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the OSAA office.

Then, submit 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 SRS Form, mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the OSAA office.

MCPHS University ensures FERPA compliance and therefore all information submitted OSAA will remain confidential.

Students will then be invited through your MCPHS email to an intake appointment to discuss your request. If you are found eligible, you will be responsible for communicating your accommodations to each professor and manage your service requests within appropriate timeframes.

Online Learning Tips

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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.