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Will tuition be different for students who choose the hybrid approach as opposed to those who choose to go fully online?

No. Tuition for the Fall 2020 semester will be the same for all full-time students.

Why is the tuition the same for hybrid students and online students? 

Whether a full-time student chooses the hybrid approach or chooses to go fully online for Fall 2020, they are still a full-time student, and as such they have access to the complete, full-service educational experience offered by MCPHS. These are the same opportunities for engagement that all students will have when they return to campus.

Students opting for either learning modality continue to receive instruction from the same highly qualified faculty. They receive all the same course materials and can access the same enhanced learning management system and library resources. The University has made significant new investments in enhancing virtual labs and demonstrations, as well as remote access to academic success and support staff, counseling, student access and accommodation, and more to give every MCPHS student the richest possible learning experience and to keep them on track with their program progression.

Most MCPHS undergraduate and graduate full-time programs are not available as traditional online programs. Students taking traditional MCPHS online programs are part-time students and have a different tuition structure. They generally are working professionals and do not take advantage of the many services and resources that full-time on-campus students engage in on a regular basis.

Will classes be in person, online, or both?

Academic programs will provide a combination of in-person instruction and online courses with remote instruction. Students will be able to select the learning modality in which they engage—hybrid (a blend of some in-person instruction and also online courses with remote instruction) or fully online courses with remote instruction. For any professional programs with specialty accreditation requirements, the schools will determine the most flexible options possible for students that enable the programs to continue to meet their accreditation standards and learning outcomes. Accessibility needs will be accommodated.

While the Fall semester on-campus schedule officially runs from 9/2/20 to Thanksgiving break (the last two weeks of the semester will be completed remotely), some programs, especially those with clinical requirements, may opt to bring students back to campus before 9/2/20 and/or continue on campus after the Thanksgiving break to help students meet programmatic requirements.

Will online still be considered full-time status?

Yes, if students are registered for full-time credits. Enrollment status is determined by the number of credits registered for, not the delivery model.

How will lectures, demonstrations, and other instructional learning elements be delivered?

All academic programs will design courses using technology to support both in-person instruction and online courses with remote instruction. Technology will be used for delivery of lectures, online discussion, course projects, virtual labs, demonstration activities, and small group work. All classroom presentation components will be recorded and/or replicated for students participating in courses remotely.

Will the lab components of my courses go on as planned?

All academic programs with lab courses and/or lab components within courses will determine what will be offered in-person or online with remote instruction. These decisions will also be made in alignment with any specialty accreditation requirements and will be outlined within each program’s academic continuity plan. Planning for hands-on labs will include CDC, DPH, and University requirements, including health screening questionnaires, online safety training, social distancing, and appropriate PPE.

What will happen to clinical rotations and the clinic-based aspects of my courses?

Each academic program will ensure that decisions regarding clinical education are in alignment with specialty accreditation and regulatory agencies and clinical affiliate site requirements, as well as CDC, DPH, and state and local guidance. Each academic program will determine the PPE needs of students based on the requirements of clinical affiliate sites and support these needs. All students will be notified in advance of their clinical rotation assignments and the site-specific requirements to ensure that they are prepared to follow the COVID-19 and other health screening requirements.

The Clinical Education leadership team for MCPHS onsite clinics will determine when it is safe to reopen clinic-based education and patient care services based on CDC, DPH, and other relative guidance (accreditation or regulatory).

Will I be able to participate in research?

Research reopening proposals, in alignment with state and federal guidelines, will provide a phased return of researchers and students based on priority needs beginning the week of June 15th through the end of the summer. These plans are reviewed/approved by the Teaching and Research and Healthy Community Working Groups.

Plans for research during the Fall 2020 Semester for academic programs, including schedules, will be submitted by the schools for faculty and student research that follows the University protocols and CDC and DPH guidelines.

Can I meet with my professors?

Virtual meetings are encouraged. Face-to-face visits should be limited and kept to two total people, where possible, and adequate social distancing must be maintained.

What academic support resources will be available?

The Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE) will continue to provide outreach and academic support services online; this includes academic advising, tutoring, academic coaching strategies, development of Academic Success Plans (ASP), peer mentor support for the ITM courses, and more. Limited on-campus services will be offered.

Peer tutoring and professional tutors have been retained via remote availability for the students in the Worcester-/Manchester-based academic programs. Specialized tutoring will be provided online by the Writing Center, the English Language Resource Center, and the Math/Physics Center. Individual faculty will be engaged to offer discipline-specific tutoring as needed.

How will exams be administered?

As much as possible, exams will be given virtually using online testing tools within Blackboard or with proctored testing solutions. A group for online assessment and test integrity has been formed and will make recommendations for best practices and needed policies.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my program?

For questions regarding your specific program, please email the dean or program director from your school (contact info listed below).

New England School of Acupuncture: Dennis Moseman, Dean, dennis.moseman@mcphs.edu

School of Arts & Sciences: Delia Anderson, Dean and Associate Provost, delia.anderson@mcphs.edu

Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene: Dianne Smallidge, Interim Dean, dianne.smallidge@mcphs.edu

School of Healthcare Business: Michael Spooner, Interim Dean, michael.spooner1@mcphs.edu

School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics: Frances Keech, Dean, frances.keech@mcphs.edu

School of Nursing: Kathleen Polley-Payne, Dean, kathleen.polley-payne@mcphs.edu

School of Occupational Therapy: Douglas Simmons, Program Director, douglas.simmons@mcphs.edu

School of Optometry: Maryke Neiberg, Dean, maryke.neiberg@mcphs.edu

School of Pharmacy (Boston): Stephen Kerr, Interim Dean, stephen.kerr@mcphs.edu

School of Pharmacy (Worcester, Manchester): Anna Morin, Dean, anna.morin@mcphs.edu

School of Physical Therapy: Frances Kistner, Program Director, frances.kistner@mcphs.edu

School of Physician Assistant Studies (Boston): Christopher Cooper, Program Director, christopher.cooper@mcphs.edu

School of Physician Assistant Studies (Worcester, Manchester): Kristy Altongy-Magee, Program Director, kristy.altongy-magee@mcphs.edu

What do I do if I need to meet with someone in the Office of Student Affairs?

Any students needing to meet with a dean in the Office of Student Affairs on their campus can contact them via email and by phone (see below). Meetings with deans will be done remotely.

What do I do if I’m going to be absent from class?

Documented Absences can be submitted using these links:

Flexplan 2020

Flexplan Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall

Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall.

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