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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 nametags will be ordered for each student by the Optometry department. Information on white coat and nametag ordering will be made available this summer.

As first year students at MCPHS University School of Optometry, you will receive an Equipment Package. More information on equipment and how to order will be made available this summer.

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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