Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences—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 (BS) in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) in five years instead of the traditional six.

Help People Regain Independence

Learn how to build or restore patients' abilities to perform daily tasks and educate them to optimize their independence. In this 3+2 pathway, you will spend the first three years in study at our Boston campus earning your bachelor's degree. For the balance of the program, you will transition to our Manchester campus, where you will work alongside professional experts in our advanced simulation laboratories. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam. The BS/MOT program begins in the fall.

Your Three-Year Undergraduate Journey

The undergraduate portion of this combined degree program will provide you with a strong foundation in the medical sciences, social sciences, and various areas of healthcare policies and practice.

First-Year Experience

  • study biology and chemistry and attend associated labs
  • participate in a health sciences seminar
  • develop an understanding of human psychology and American culture and how they impact the healthcare system

Second-Year Experience

  • gain an understanding of healthcare ethics, healthcare delivery, and health promotion
  • hone your interpersonal communication skills and explore public health and policy
  • study child and adolescent development and cultural anthropology

Third-Year Experience

  • learn healthcare informatics and research analysis and methods
  • study human development and abnormal psychology
  • explore exercise physiology and complete a health sciences practicum
  • students who submit their OTCAS, achieve the minimum GPA and other admission requirements are reviewed for admission to the MSOT program

Build Hands-on Experience—and Professional Confidence

Occupational Therapy students at MCPHS work in advanced simulation laboratories.

A Powerful Platform for Launching your Career

Earn the deep knowledge necessary to advance in your career as an occupational therapist.


Best Healthcare Jobs

Occupational Therapists are ranked #4 best healthcare job in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report


Job Growth

Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


median salary

The median annual salary for occupational therapists is 93,180, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MCPHS Health Sciences student Nardine.

MCPHS Health Sciences Students Pursue Internships at World-Class Institutions

Awards and Recognition

The MCPHS Manchester Occupational Therapy program has earned recognition as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Occupational Therapy according to U.S. News and World Report, 2024
Graphic of Badge Best Grad Schools, Health, Occupational Therapy, US News and World Report.

Additional Options for Degrees in Health Sciences

In addition to the BS/MSOT, we offer five degrees covering general studies as well as training in a specific discipline.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Full-time, four-year program at our Boston campus. Choose among three tracks: general, health education, or healthcare management.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Acupuncture Pathway (BS/MAc)

Spend the first three years at MCPHS-Boston before transitioning to our Worcester campus for the duration of the program.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Degree Completion

Study full time or part time and choose a concentration in public health or health education.

Master of Science in Health Sciences

Complete this part-time online program in as little as two years.

Doctor of Health Sciences

Complete this part-time online program in as little as nine semesters.