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

Location: Boston, Manchester
Start Term: Fall

As an occupational therapist, you have the power to help people regain independence in their daily 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 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from MCPHS in five years instead of the traditional six. You'll spend the first three years at MCPHS - Boston before transitioning to MCPHS - Manchester where you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in our advanced simulation laboratories and through a wide range of clinical experiences both on and off campus. You’ll learn how to build or restore 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 Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam and begin your rewarding career.

Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program on our Manchester, NH campus.

Learn more about the BS in Health Sciences: Occupational Therapy 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

  • 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)

*Distance Learning or online courses are not allowed for licensure in MA per Committee on Acupuncture.


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
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity and Public Life 3

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 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
HUM Distribution elective (HUM) 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 141 Algebra & Trigonometry 3

Year II—Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
SSC 230 Cultural Anthropology* 3
PSB 320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
Child & Adolescent Development** 3

Year III—Fall

HSC XXX Health Sciences Practicum (pre-OT) 3
HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
BEH 352 Human Development across the Lifespan 3
BIO 345O Exercise Physiology w/lab ***

Year III-Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3
BEH 350 Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective 3
HSC Elective 3

*fulfills SSC elective; **substitute for BEH 250 Health Psychology; ***substitute for BIO 255 Medical Microbiology

NOTE: Early admission application to the OT Program at MCPHS-Manchester would occur in Spring of Year 3. If successfully admitted, students would transfer to the OT Program in Manchester in Fall of Year 4. To fulfill BSHS program requirements, 30 credits of the OT coursework in Year 4 would apply to fulfill the 30 credits of BSHS degree.

Should the student continue in the Health Sciences program in Year IV, the student would select a health sciences concentration (18 credits) and electives (12 credits) with program director consultation and approval.