Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology: Occupational Therapy Pathway (BS/MSOT)

Location: Boston
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. 

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.

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:

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)
  • Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • 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)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Abnormal 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)
  • General Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, English, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Government, Ethics, Foreign Language, Psychology, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Communications, and Economics)

The knowledge and skills gained through the Health Psychology program provides an excellent foundation for the MS in Occupational Therapy program and for a career in occupational therapy. Students in this pathway will complete three years at the Boston campus before moving on to the Manchester, NH campus to complete the MSOT program.

Year I - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 110

Basic Chemistry I (w/ lab)

4

FYS 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology*

3

MAT
Math course determined by placement
3

TOTAL


14

Year I - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BEH 101
Health Psychology Seminar I
1
BEH 352
Human Development Through the Lifespan*
3

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 197

Computer Applications

3

MAT 261
Statistics* 3

TOTAL


16

Year II - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 250

Health Psychology

3

BEH 350

Abnormal Psychology*

3

BIO 110/110L
Anatomy and Physiology I with lab*
4

HUM

Humanities Elective

3

PBH 250
Introduction to Public Health*

3

TOTAL


16

Year II - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH 102

Health Psychology Seminar II

1

BEH XXX

Child Development*

3

BEH 451

Research Methods in Health and Behavior

3

BEH
Category A
3
BIO 210/210L
Anatomy and Physiology II with lab*
4
LIB 220
Interpersonal Communications for the Health Professions

3

TOTAL


17

Year III - Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BEH 103
Health Psychology Seminar III
1

BEH 260

Behavioral Health

3

BEH 456

Applications of Research Methods

3

BEH

Category B

3

LIB 590
Field Placement I

3

TOTAL


16

Year III - Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

BEH

Category C

3

BIO 345O
Exercise Physiology with lab*
4
LIB 592
Health Psychology Capstone
3

PSB 412

Medical Patients' Rights and Professionals' Liabilities

3

SSC
Social Science Elective*

3

TOTAL


16

*Fulfills the MSOT prerequisites. 

Total 3-year credits: 95 s.h. (remaining 25 credits to earn the BS degree will be completed in the first year of the MSOT program)

Category Course Options

Category A

BEH 341 Biological Psychology

BEH 405 Mind-Body Medicine

BEH 454 Stress and Illness

BEH 457 Drugs and Behavior

Category B

BEH 254 Death and Dying

BEH 357 Positive Psychology

BEH 345 Myths & Misconceptions in Psychology

Category C

BEH 351 Social Psychology

BEH 355 Organizational Psychology

BEH 356 Gender Roles

BEH 340 Psychology of Aggression