Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology—Occupational Therapy Pathway (BS/MSOT)

School of Arts and Sciences

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

This 3+2 pathway allows you to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology (BS) and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) in five years instead of the traditional six.

An Exceptional Education—and Professional Experience

During the first three years of this program at our Boston campus, you will build a strong foundation in health psychology. You then will transition to our Manchester campus to focus on the occupational therapy segment of the program. There, you’ll work with experts in our advanced simulation laboratories and participate in a wide range of clinical experiences. You’ll learn to build patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks and educate them to optimize their independence. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national certification exam for occupational therapists. The program begins in the fall.

Your Three-Year Undergraduate Journey

Our in-depth curriculum combines biological, psychological, social science, and humanities coursework with career exploration and professional development.

First Year

  • form connections with members of the MCPHS community and develop strategies for success
  • learn about the breadth and applications of psychology
  • explore the ways in which biological, psychological, and social factors influence health and well-being

Second Year

  • develop the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize research to make evidence-informed decisions
  • learn about anatomy and physiology, public health, and interpersonal communication in the health professions
  • explore, compare, and develop strategies to apply psychology to a successful career in occupational therapy

Third Year

  • learn to design research and report findings
  • learn about healthcare ethics and the rights of medical patients
  • gain professional experience through field placement and explore a topic of interest from a biopsychosocial perspective
  • students who submit their OTCAS, achieve the minimum GPA and other admission requirements are reviewed for admission to the MSOT program

Occupational Therapy: The Program Experience

Students share their perspectives on the MCPHS Occupational Therapy experience.
OT students working in the adult lab on the Manchester campus

The Importance of the Mind-Body Connection

Enhance your study of physiology with courses aimed at understanding the impact of stress, grief, lifestyle choices, and nutrition on overall health.

#1 in the U.S. for earning power

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College rankings (2018) place MCPHS graduates on top

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

At MCPHS, you are surrounded by peers focused on all aspects of healthcare, peers who share your commitment to building a healthier world.

$85,570 median salary for occupational therapists

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021)

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Undergraduate Pathways to a Career in Health Psychology

We offer additional undergraduate-to-graduate pathways for those who have not yet earned their bachelor's degree. In all cases, you must apply to the graduate program after you have demonstrated success in the undergraduate segment.

Bachelor of Science — Doctor of Psychology Pathway (BS/PsyD)

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus. If accepted, students then continue their education at our partner school, the William James College in Newton, MA.

Bachelor of Science — Master of Arts in Psychology Pathway (BS/MA)

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus. If accepted, students then continue their education at the William James College in Newton, MA.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

A six-year combined program that begins at the Boston campus before moving to MCPHS-Worcester.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Premedical Track

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.