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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. 

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.


Year I-Fall

BIO 150 Biology I Lab 1
BIO 151 Biology I 3
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 151 Calculus I  3

Year I-Spring

BEH 101 Health Psychology Seminar I  1
BEH 250 Health Psychology  3
BIO 152 Biology II (w/ Lab) 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
MAT 152 Calculus II 3

Year II-Fall

CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I 4
MAT 261
  Additional Required Course* 3
  Additional Required Course*  3
  Additional Required Course*  3

Year II-Spring

BEH 102 Health Psychology Seminar II 1
BEH 451 Research Methods in Health and Behavior 3
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II  4
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
  Additional Required Course*  3
  Additional Required Course*  3

Year III-Fall

BEH 103 Health Psychology Seminar III  1
BEH 351 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (w/ Lab) 4
HUM 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
LIB 590 Field Placement I (Pass/Fail) 3
PHY 270/2 Foundations of Physics I (w/ Lab) 4
  Additional Required Course*  3

Year III-Spring

BIO 345O Exercise Physiology (w/ Lab) 4
BIO 352 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II (w/ Lab) 4
PHY 274 Foundations of Physics II (w/ Lab) 4
  Additional Required Course*  3
Total Undergraduate Credits: 97

Additional Required Courses

  • BEH 260 Lifestyle Medicine
  • BEH 341 Biological Psychology
  • BEH 350 Abnormal Psychology
  • BEH 352 Human Development
  • 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/DPT Pathway students who do not transition to the DPT program in Year 4 are required to complete the following undergraduate coursework (24 credits for a four-year total of 121 credits):

  • A second Health-Specific BEH
  • A second HUM Elective Course
  • A second SSC Elective Course
  • BEH 456 Applications of Research Methods
  • LIB 592 Health Psychology Capstone
  • MAT 461 Biostatistics
  • PBH 250 Introduction to Public Health
  • PSB 412 Medical Patients’ Rights and Professionals’ Liabilities

Meet the PT Squad

MCPHS PT students Keelin McSweeney, Samantha Sarkisian, Caitlyn O'Fiesh, and Mariah Ramsay.

Learn how the Health Psychology program set them up for success in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program

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