Health Sciences Pathway Physical Therapy (BS/DPT)

Location: Boston, Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As a physical therapist, you have the power to help people heal and live healthier, more active lives. This program allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from MCPHS in six years instead of the traditional seven. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in our advanced laboratories and through a wide range of clinical experiences both on and off campus. You’ll learn how to diagnose and treat a wide variety of patients, assess their outcomes, and provide evidence of effectiveness. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the PT licensing examination and begin your rewarding career. 

Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our Doctor of Physical Therapy program on our Worcester campus. 

Learn more about the BS in Health Sciences Physical Therapy Pathway program.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted. (Please note the requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program here. MCPHS does require a minimum of a B- grade in all prerequisite courses for entry into the professional phase of the DPT program.)

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Physics I with lab (4 credits)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)

Health Psychology Pathway Curriculum

The knowledge and skills gained through the Health Psychology program provides an excellent foundation for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and for a career in physical therapy.

Year I - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151/150L

Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology (w/ lab)*

4

CHE 131

Chemical Principles I (w/ lab)*

4

FYS 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 150 or 151

Precalculus or Calculus I

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

TOTAL


15

Year I - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152

Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab)*

4

CHE 132

Chemical Principles II (w/ lab)*

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology*

3

MAT 151 or 152

Calculus I or Calculus II

3

HSC 110

Health Sciences Seminar

1

TOTAL


17

Summer Semester (Year 1 or 2)

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

MAT 261

Statistics*

3

Total   3

Year II - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 351

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I with lab* 4
HSC 301O Health Promotion

3

BEH 352 Human Development Through the Lifespan 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals

3

LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics

3

HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences

3

TOTAL


17

Year II - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 352

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II with lab* 4
HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology with lab 4
BEH 250 Health Psychology*

3

PSB 320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery

3

TOTAL


17


Year III - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

HSC XXX

Health Sciences Practicum (Pre-PT) 3
HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320O Writing for the Health Sciences 3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
PHY 270/272L Foundations of Physics I with lab* 4

TOTAL


16

Year III - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

HSC 410O

Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
PHY 274 Foundations of Physics II with lab* 4
BIO 345O Exercise Physiology with lab* 4

TOTAL


17

*Fulfills the DPT prerequisites.

Total 3-year credits: 106 s.h. (remaining 16 credits to earn the BS degree will be completed in the first year of the DPT program)