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The New England School of Acupuncture Program Experience

See what it's like to be a NESA student, complete with hands-on educational practice and collaborative experiences. Students learn in a state-of-the-art facility on the Worcester campus, where they can observe practitioners and treat patients. Diverse clinical experiences help students further develop skills and confidence as they gain the knowledge needed to practice acupuncture in a variety of practice settings.

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MCPHS - Worcester

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  2. Acupuncture

    The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is the oldest acupuncture college in the United States, known today for its innovative programs combining onsite and online education. Students begin hands-on training in their first weeks and learn in small groups with licensed acupuncturists. Training focuses not only on Traditional Chinese medicine principles but also on specialized concentrations in areas such as Japanese or Orthopedic acupuncture. As part of MCPHS University, NESA participates in unique interprofessional education events featuring students from many healthcare disciplines, and integrated clinical training opportunities land students in leading academic medical centers. Finally, world-renowned researchers who have published groundbreaking work and received millions of dollars in research grants offer invaluable mentorship to NESA students.

  3. Dental Hygiene

    The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene is the longest continuously running dental hygiene program in the country. Students who have completed pre-requisite coursework are eligible to enter the fast-tracked 16 consecutive month program and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. While in the program you will be guided through lab and clinical experiences by accomplished dental hygienists in our prestigious on-campus clinic and community facilities. Our state-of-the-art clinic provides students with the opportunity to deliver preventive oral health care to patients aged 1 to 100, and offers a variety of patient cases which lead to the development of a skill set and an ability to deliver high quality care in a variety of clinical settings after graduation.

  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    Each diagnostic medical sonography lab includes six scanning bays and ultrasound systems that simulate the professional workstations that students would encounter in the clinical environment. Ergonomically correct chairs and beds allow students to position themselves correctly, minimize stress, and scan properly. The ultrasound systems are equipped with a wide range of imaging capabilities including cardiac, vascular, OB/GYN, breast, abdominal, and musculoskeletal. In addition, the students in the General Ultrasound program work with advanced, state-of-the-art haptic simulation for OB/GYN. The students in the Echocardiography program are taught advanced applications in cardiac ultrasound imaging including 3D and myocardial strain imaging. Both Programs are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, demonstrating the minimum standards required in quality ultrasound education.

  5. Nursing

    The post-baccalaureate nursing program is a 16-month program that awards the student an opportunity to work with professional nursing experts in a variety of experiences in our onsite simulation laboratories and through rotations at prestigious regional healthcare agencies. The clinical simulation and patient assessment laboratories on the Worcester campus provide learning opportunities for students to deliver simulated emergent care and hands-on routine patient assessments and head-to-toe physical examinations.

    Students attend assigned clinical placements each semester to apply nursing knowledge learned in the classroom and simulation settings. Clinical rotations take place across the continuum of healthcare to include; community health settings, acute care settings, mental health, acute and long-term rehabilitation settings. When you graduate, you will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

  6. Optometry

    What sets the MCPHS School of Optometry apart from the other programs is our teaching philosophy—we look at ourselves as a family and take great pride in guiding our delightfully diverse population of students to become outstanding, compassionate practitioners. We have all of the advanced diagnostic and treatment technology that you would expect from a state-of-the-art institution, but we also have a dedicated, experienced faculty with a low student-to-faculty ratio, allowing our students terrific access to their instructors. Clinical learning is essential in an optometric education and our students begin learning clinical skills in the first year of the program and begin seeing a diverse population of patients at the start of their second year, all leading to the development of top-notch clinical proficiency.

  7. Pharmacy

    Our year-round, 34-month Accelerated PharmD program— one of only a handful of its kind in the United States—provides qualified students the opportunity to start practicing ahead of their peers. The Worcester and Manchester campuses follow an identical curriculum, and students work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in our immersive laboratories and through clinical rotations throughout New England. Students gain hands-on experience in the street-level multipurpose laboratory, which features a state-of-the-art model pharmacy that simulates community and institutional practice environments.
    The curriculum has been designed to address current and future needs of the pharmacy profession, address recent updates to pharmacy education accreditation standards and increase opportunities for skills development.

  8. Physical Therapy

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program builds on your bachelor's degree to develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for contemporary physical therapy practice. In this full-time, three-year program, collaborative and hands-on learning starts from the beginning as students work with participants from the community in our on-campus Balance, Movement, and Wellness Center. The program is delivered by qualified and dedicated faculty with specialty certifications such as neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, ergonomics, and manual therapy. The PT Clinical Lab and Research Lab are equipped with advanced technologies and contemporary therapy equipment. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the PT licensure examination and begin your rewarding career in a variety of roles in practice, patient education, research, and advocacy as a physical therapist.

  9. Physician Assistant

    The physician assistant studies program is a 24-month accelerated multi-campus master's level program. The program utilizes synchronized distance education for hybrid lecture delivery, asynchronous hands-on patient assessment, and medical procedures skills training conducted in state-of-the-art laboratories on the Worcester, Massachusetts campus. The program teaches the required skills needed to prepare for clinical experiences from patient-centered communication and telemedicine training to emergent intubation procedure and proper surgical technique. Our professors use innovative technology platforms and interactive engaging teaching tools such as flipped classrooms, iPad led activities, simulation mannequins, and cased-based learning. We provide diverse experiences in clinical placements throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to include ambulatory and hospital-based settings, in rural, urban, and suburban locations, and additional optional national/international sites.

  10. Interprofessional Education (IPE)

    Interprofessional Education, also known as IPE, happens when students from two or more health professions learn with and from each other. All of our professional programs conduct IPE in their curricular and co-curricular education. IPE is an accreditation requirement for most health profession degree programs, as the goal of IPE is to prepare students to work effectively in interprofessional teams to provide the best possible care for their patients.

    Our campuses provide the ideal setting for IPE activities with students from nine different health professions programs: Acupuncture, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. Students learn and work together during various IPE activities such as a cultural competency simulation, naloxone administration training, local health fairs, and many more.

  11. Common Areas

    MCPHS University's multifunctional common spaces were thoughtfully designed to encourage studying, conversation, and relationship building for all members of the community. The Worcester, Massachusetts campus has multiple options, including the modern café feel of 25 Foster's high-top tables and the cozy lounge atmosphere of 10 Lincoln's couches. These facilities attract students from all over campus for studying, day-to-day relaxation as well as special events.

    All University common areas are safe places for our community to come together and engage in conversations, connect to people within and beyond their programs, and build a sense of community.

  12. Housing

    MCPHS Worcester Campus is great for students who want to have all the amenities in one place. We have a traditional cafeteria space, a 24-hour café that is self-pay, and a new fitness facility. Students have a great choice of accommodation as well: Single-room, hotel-style living with your own bathroom, a mini fridge, and a microwave; suite-style, where up to six people share the unit with individual bathrooms; full-sized apartments on campus with a shared kitchen and bathroom; or unique condos in close proximity to campus, with their own congregation areas for study. We strive to provide a comfortable environment so that our students can thrive and feel at home.

  13. Gym

    The Worcester campus has a brand-new fitness facility that is open 24 hours a day all through the week. One of the most updated gym technologies is something called "Fitness on Demand," which allows students to come in and do a specific class whenever fits their schedule. The big touch screen provides the student with a great variety of classes such as spinning, yoga, and much more. The touch screen is in its own separate room to ensure that the student can do the full guided workout without any interruptions.

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At MCPHS you'll find passionate and engaged educators who are leaders in the field of Acupuncture.
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