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Welcome to the Doctor of Optometry Program

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend the Doctor of Optometry program at MCPHS. We’re excited that you’ll be joining us in the fall. Before the program begins there are some next steps you’ll need to take to get ready. On this page you will find important information and forms that you will need to begin your studies. We will continue to post program specific information here so please bookmark this page and visit it often.

Next steps for incoming Optometry students. 

White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the Optometry department. Please complete the White Coat Order Form. Sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing.

As first year students at MCPHS University School of Optometry, you will receive an Equipment Package which includes these items needed for your 1st year of studies;

  • MCPHS First Year Optometry Equipment Kit, packaged inside an MCPHS embossed rolling carrying case.
  • Your choice of a Diagnostic Set Package.

Your First Year Equipment will be distributed to you in-person on Thursday, August 30th during orientation.

The MCPHS Equipment Kit includes a personalized name plate for your equipment carrying case. For the nameplate option, students typically use their first and last name, sometimes incorporating a middle initial.

To access the website to choose your diagnostic set and enter your personalized engraved name plate information for your rolling equipment kit, please visit, and select “Login” under Students & Residents on the homepage. Login to the MCPHS student website with username: MCPHS and password: 2022OD. In order to receive your equipment at orientation with your class, place your order prior to the deadline, Monday, July 16th.

Remember, no payment is required when you place your order. Your MCPHS University student account statement will reflect an Optometry Equipment Fee. If you have applied for financial aid, your cost of attendance includes an allowance for this purchase. For questions related to your equipment selection/purchase, please contact Kristi Gentile at 888.206.5380 or

An approved American Heart Association CPR/BLS training for Healthcare Providers is required of all students and must be maintained for the duration of the program. If you hold current CPR certification, please provide a copy of both sides of your signed CPR card showing the name of the course director or training center. Training should be completed prior to matriculation and proof of certification may be submitted during day two of New Student Orientation. Students may register for an in-person/hands-on training course or a combination of in-person and online training. Visit for more information about CPR/BLS training for Healthcare Providers.

As part of the CORI background check process that’s required for MCPHS students encountering patients in the school’s Eye & Vision Center (EVC) and during screenings, the school will collect a copy of the student’s government-issued photo identification during day two of New Student Orientation. The student should also be prepared to order a background check shortly after the start of the fall semester, with a fee payable online by Visa or MC. Instructions on how to order the online background check will be provided at New Student Orientation.


Morris Berman, OD, MS Dean, School of Optometry

A special message from Morris Berman, OD, MS, Dean of the School of Optometry.

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