B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate GuideThe combined BS/MS program at Philadelphia University is designed for students who know early on that they want to become occupational therapists. This program allows students to seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both of these degrees separately.  Students selecting this option can choose between the Health Sciences or Psychology majors as undergraduates.  For qualified students, graduate OT coursework begins in the student’s senior year (or equivalent) after all undergraduate college studies and major coursework has been successfully completed.

B.S in Health Sciences Option

The B.S. in Health Sciences track includes multiple courses designed for students who are interested in becoming a health professional.  The curriculum includes courses in the natural sciences combined with human sciences, psychology, and unique practical and clinical experiences. Additionally, each student completes extensive volunteer and shadowing experiences with health practitioners as part of the major’s coursework. All OT Program prerequisites are completed within the undergraduate degree requirements. Click the handbook above to download the B.S./M.S. Student Handbook for more information about the program and curriculum. 

Although the course sequence is modified in the B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Occupational Studies program, you can learn more about the Health Sciences program by clicking here

B.S. in Psychology Option

The B.S. in Psychology offers extensive coursework and learning activities that focus on understanding human behavior, central to the success of health professionals. Students are thoroughly immersed into the Psychology discipline as this track includes eight core Psychology courses and eight Psychology electives (including two of the OT Program prerequisite course requirements). During their undergraduate study students participate in an advanced research project in a topic of their choosing. All OT Program prerequisites are completed within the undergraduate degree requirements. Click the handbook above to download the B.S./M.S. Student Handbook for more information about the program and curriculum. 

Although the course sequence is modified in the B.S. in Psychology/M.S. in Occupational Studies program, you can learn more about the Psychology program by clicking here.

During the first three years of undergraduate coursework, students complete major requirements for the bachelor degree, including PhilaU’s college studies courses and Occupational Therapy (OT) program prerequisites. Students who meet the graduate OT Program progression criteria can matriculate into the master’s program by enrolling in first year OT graduate coursework during their fourth year of undergraduate studies. At the end of the fourth year, students are awarded the bachelor degree in either Health Sciences or Psychology, and upon completion of graduate OT program requirements, the master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.