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Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology: Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

Location: Boston
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 spend the first three years at MCPHS - Boston before transitioning to MCPHS - Worcester where 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 graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy program on our Worcester 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 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:

  • 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 Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)

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)

Year I-Fall

BIO 150 Biology I Lab 1
BIO 151 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111* Expository Writing I 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology 3

Year I-Spring

BIO 152 Biology II (w/ lab) 4
CHE 132 Chemical Principles II (with lab) 4
LIB 112** Expository Writing II 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
MAT 151 Calculus I 3

Year II-Fall

BEH 250 Health Psychology 3
BEH 260 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
Humanities Elective 3
MAT 261 Calculus II 3
MAT 261
SSC Social Sciences Elective 3

Year II-Spring

BEH 101 Health Psychology Seminar I 1
BEH102 Health Psychology Seminar II 1
BEH Catagory A Elective 3
BEH 350 Abnormal Psychology 3
BEH 451 Research Methods in Health and Behavior 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
PSB 412 Medical Patients' Rights and Professionals' Liabilities 3

Year III-Fall

BEH 103 Health Psychology Seminar III  1
BEH 260 Behavioral Health 3
BEH 351 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (with lab) 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
LIB 590 Field Placement I (pass/fail) 3
PHY 270/2 Foundations of Physics I (with lab) 3

Year III-Spring

BEH Category B Elective 3
BEH Category C Elective 3
BIO 3450 Exercise Physiology (with lab) 3
BIO 352 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) 3
PHY 274 Foundations of Physics II (with lab) 3

Year IV-Fall

If accepted into the DPT program, Year 4 courses will be taken on the Worcester campus and will count for both the BSHP and DPT programs.

*If you are currently in LIB.110, you will take LIB.111 in the Spring

**If you are currently in LIB.110, you will take LIB.112 next Fall


Category 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



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