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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 Worcester MA and Manchester, NH campuses.

First-year applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students are able to transfer into the first or second year of the program. Transfer 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. You may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program.

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

ITM 101 Introduction to the Major  1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I  3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology  3
MAT XXX Determined by Placement 3
MAT 197 Computer Applications  3
Semester Total  13

Year I–Spring

BEH 101 Health Psychology Seminar I  1
BEH 250 Health Psychology  3
BEH 352 Human Development  3
LIB 112 Expository Writing II   3
LIB 133 American Culture  3
MAT 261 Statistics  3
Semester Total  16

Year II–Fall

BIO 110 A&P I (w/ Lab)  4
CHE XXX CHE 110, 113, or 131  4
PBH 250 Introduction to Public Health  3
  Additional Required Course*  3
  Additional Required Course*  3
Semester Total  17

Year II–Spring

BEH 102 Health Psychology Seminar I  1
BEH 210  A&P II (w/ Lab)  4
BEH 451 Research Methods in Health & Behavior  3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication  3
  Additional Required Course*  3
  Additional Required Course*  3
Semester Total  17

Year III–Fall

BEH 103 Health Psychology Seminar III  1
BEH 456 Applications of Research Methods  3
HUM 512 Healthcare Ethics  3
LIB 590 Field Placement I (Pass/Fail)  3

Additional Required Course* 3
  Additional Required Course*  3
Semester Total  16

Year III–Spring

BIO 345O Exercise Physiology (w/ Lab)  4
LIB 592 Health Psychology Capstone  3
PSB 412 Medical Patients' Rights  3
  Additional Required Course*  3
Semester Total  13
Total Undergraduate Credits: 92

Additional Required Courses

  • BEH 260 Lifestyle Medicine
  • BEH 341 Biological Psychology
  • BEH 350 Abnormal Psychology
  • BEH 458 Child and Adolescent Development (required for MSOT pathway students only)
  • Health-Specific BEH Course**
  • HUM Elective Course
  • SSC Elective Course

Health-Specific BEH Courses**

  • BEH 254 Death and Dying
  • BEH 353 Nutrition and Health
  • BEH 344 Integrative Therapies & Mental Health in Aging
  • BEH 405 Mind/Body Medicine
  • BEH 454 Stress and Illness
  • BEH 457 Drugs and Behavior

BSHP/MSOT Pathway students who do not transition to the MSOT program in Year 4 are required to complete the following undergraduate coursework (must meet the four-year 120 credit minimum):

  • Students may use a one-credit course (e.g, BEH 330 MRI Patient Experience, BEH 450 Complementary Therapy Skills Development)
  • A second Health-Specific BEH
  • A second HUM Elective Course
  • A second SSC Elective Course
  • Seven General Electives

Student Spotlight: Ashley Sullivan

Ashley Sullivan

Ashley Sullivan is grateful to her undergraduate psychology professors for skills that help her empathize as an MSOT student.

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