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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Acupuncture Pathway

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

Imagine yourself as an acupuncturist. You are a leader in integrative medicine, making unique contributions to healthcare by providing powerful, patient-centered treatment options for a variety of health concerns. You help solve public health challenges by treating acute and chronic pain effectively, without medications. You provide care across a range of specialties, including pain management, behavioral health, pediatrics, women's health, and elder care. Through collaborative healing relationships, you work to relieve suffering and enhance wellness for patients of all ages.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Acupuncture (MAc) or Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. You'll spend the first three years at MCPHS–Boston before transitioning to MCPHS–Worcester where you will work with our highly skilled faculty, learning how to stimulate energy through acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Our on campus Acupuncture Treatment Center allows you to work directly with patients from the community in a holistic, clinical setting. Our immersive, health sciences environment means you will experience interprofessional educational opportunities—learning how to work with other members of a healthcare team to deliver a truly integrative treatment plan.

Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our Master of Acupuncture or Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine programs on our Worcester campus.

Learn more about the BS in Health Sciences: Acupuncture Pathway program.

First-year 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.

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 However, due to the block registration 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

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit

  • General Biology (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Human Development (3 credits)
  • Health Psychology (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)

Year I—Fall

BIO 110/L Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) 4
CHE 110/L Basic Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 141 Algebra & Trigonometry

Year I—Spring

BIO 210/L Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) 4
CHE 210/L Basic Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120
Introduction to Psychology 3

Year II—Fall

LIB 133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
MAT 261
Statistics 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
BEH 352
Human Development through the Life Cycle

Year II—Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255
Medical Microbiology (w/lab)
BEH 250
Health Psychology
  Social Sciences Elective
  Humanities Elective

Year III—Fall

HSC 310O
Healthcare Informatics
LIB 512
Healthcare Ethics
HSC 320O Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
BIO 151
Biology I: Cell & Molecular Biology
  Health Sciences Electives 6

Year III-Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
PSB 320
Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
  Health Sciences Electives 6

*Remaining credits to earn the BS degree will be completed within the first year of the MAc or Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal  Medicine program.


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