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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Physical Therapy Pathway (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.

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 lighter. 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:

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)

Year I Fall

BIO 150/151 Biology I: Cell & Molec Bio 4
CHE 131/L Chemical Principles w/lab 4
MAT 150 Precalculus or MAT 151 Calculus I 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours

Year I Spring

BIO 152 Biology II: Bio of Organisms w/lab 4
CHE 132/L Chemical Principles II w/lab 4
MAT 151 Calculus I or MAT 152 Calculus II 3
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
HSC XXX Introduction to Health Sciences 1
Total Semester Hours

Summer (Year I or II)

MAT 261 Statistics 3
MAT 152 Calculus I (if not already taken) 3
Total Semester Hours

Year II Fall

HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
BEH 352 Human Development 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
HSC xxx Introduction to Health Sciences II 1

HUM or SSC Elective 3
Total Semester Hours

Year II Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology (w/lab) 4
BEH 250 Health Psychology 3
PSB 320 Intro to Healthcare Delivery 3
HUM or SSC Elective 3
Total Semester Hours 16

Year III Fall

HSC xxx Health Sciences Practicum (pre-PT) 3
HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Sci Prof 3
BIO 351 Adv Anatomy & Physio I w/lab 4
PHY 270/272L Found. of Physics I w/lab 4
Total Semester Hours

Year III Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Prof 3
PHY 274 Found. of Physics II w/lab 4
BIO 352 Adv. Anatomy & Physio II w/lab 4
BIO 345O Exercise Physiology w/lab 4
Total Semester Hours 18
Total Three Year Semester Hours*   106

*Remaining 16 credits to earn the BS degree will be completed in the first year of the DPT program


Student Spotlight: Rachel Prendergast-Tombeno, BS/DPT ’23

Rachel-Prendergast-Tombeno MCPHS student

Rachel shares her decision to transfer to MCPHS for the Health Sciences — Physical Therapy Pathway program.

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