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Welcome to the Physical Therapy Program

Welcome letter from Dr. Frances Kistner, Program Director.

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend the Physical Therapy 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 Physical Therapy students. 

The School of Physical Therapy will order white coats and nametags for all incoming physical therapy students. Students are required to fill out an online form designating their white coat size and nametag information here.

White coat sizes should be based on blazers or jackets that you wear over other clothing.

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

A full book list for enrollment into the Fall 2019 DPT program will be posted early summer.

All DPT students are required to have a national background check prior to encountering patients throughout the curriculum. On day two of New Student Orientation, the program will collect a copy of the student’s government-issued photo identification. 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 at New Student Orientation.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program uses ExamSoft (electronic testing software) for administration of examinations and quizzes. All students are required to bring a laptop or iPad meeting the minimum specifications below.

Each student will be required to purchase a Privacy Screen or Privacy Filter that fits on their PC, MAC or tablet.

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

iPad Requirements


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