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Welcome to the Physical Therapy Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Physical Therapy program at MCPHS!

We’re excited that you’ll be joining us soon. There are some important steps to prepare for your time at MCPHS, detailed below. We will continue to post specific information on this page, so be sure to check back often.

White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the department. White coat sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing. The Fall 2021 white coat order form will be available in the summer.

All students are required to bring a laptop meeting the minimum specifications below for supporting both Examplify and ExamMonitor.

Each student will be required to purchase a Privacy Screen or Privacy Filter that fits their device.

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

All DPT students are required to have a national background check prior to encountering patients throughout the curriculum. During the first week of school, the program will collect a copy of the student's government-issued photo identification. Please be sure to carry that with you. The student should also be prepared to order a background check within a week of New Student Orientation, with a fee payable online by Visa or MC. Instructions on how to order the online background check will be provided during the Orientation.

New DPT students are asked to purchase and complete a self- study in medical terminology.  The department recommends the following text for your self-study:

Stanfield P, Hui YH, Cross N. Essential Medical Terminology, 4th edition, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2018. ISBN: 9781284038781

Students are expected to complete all sections of the book as this will be a foundation for your work in the clinical medicine course as well as throughout the DPT program. There will be an examination on medical terminology at the beginning of the fall semester in your Foundations of PT Management I course, so plan your time accordingly.  If you have any questions, please call Dr. Kistner, Program Director, at 508.373.5749 or email at

The MCPHS University bookstore on the Boston campus is able to sell and rent textbooks to students. Shipping is free to students ordering course material.

The Fall 2021 book list will be available in the summer.


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