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College of Health Sciences

Office of the Dean

 

3+2 Joint BS/MS in Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy

 

Occupational therapy is a rewarding, client-focused profession well suited for those who wish to provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings. The combined BS/MS in Health Sciences & Occupational Therapy is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). While a student at UD, you will study a broad range of sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, nutrition), as well as the social sciences (general psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology, and human development) and will be excellently prepared for the occupational therapy coursework at TJU.


As an occupational therapist, you will rely on your knowledge and skills in these areas to help clients achieve independence in all facets of their lives – at work, at home, and in social and community settings. You will work closely with patients to help them adapt to or compensate for physical and emotional effects of disabilities, improve motor function, communication, and reasoning abilities, learn (or re-learn) the day-to-day skills necessary for independent and productive lives.

 

Areas of Study

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Development
  • General and Abnormal Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics/Research Methods

 

Career options

  • Schools, hospitals
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Community health programs
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Private homes

 

GradUate Programs

  • The combined BS/MS in Health Sciences & Occupational Therapy at UD is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).

What’s special about this program?

 

As a student in the 3+2 program, you will be able to earn both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years plus one summer session. Students are typically enrolled in the same coursework each semester, allowing for close personal connections and the formation of natural study groups. The program boasts close advising to ensure you are on track to enroll at TJU in the fourth year. Students beginning this cooperative program at UD are extremely well prepared to transition to TJU to complete their OT coursework.

Get involved

 

Students who pursue the 3+2 BS/MS program are required to complete a minimum of 50 observation hours under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist. Students may complete these hours while studying at UD or on winter/summer breaks at home. Many OT students become involved in the Occupational Therapy Club, many holding leadership positions. Other students participate in undergraduate research and/or study abroad programs.

Sample curriculum

FRESHMAN

BHAN155

 

Personal Health Management
BISC207

Introductory Biology I 

 

BISC208

Introductory Biology II

 

CHEM103 

 

General Chemistry I
CHEM104

General Chemistry II

 

ENGL110

Critical Reading and Writing

 

MATH221

 

Calculus I
PSYC100 General Psychology

SOPHOMORE

BISC276

Human Physiology

 

HDFS201

Lifespan Development

 

KAAP210

Emergency Mgmt. of Illness/Injuries

 

KAAP220

Anatomy & Physiology 

 

KAAP305

Fund. of Athletic Training

 

NTDT200

Nutrition Concepts

 

PHIL202/203/241

Ethics course

 

STAT200

Introduction to Statistics

 

 

Foreign Lang./Comm. Course

 

  History & Cultural Change Univ. Breadth

JUNIOR

KAAP350

Basic Concepts of Kines.

 

KAAP400

Research Methods

 

KAAP425

Biomech. of Human Motion

 

KAAP430

Physiology of Activity with Lab

 

NTDT305/310

Upper-level nutrition

 

PSYC334

Abnormal Psychology

 

SOCI02

Introduction to Sociology

 

 

Creative Arts & Humanities University Breadth

 

 

English 2nd Writing Course

 

  Elective Course

SENIOR

Students must meet specific course grade, grade-point average, and other requirements to be eligible to transition to the Jefferson College of Health professions in their senior year. Students complete the first year of coursework at TJU, transfer the credits back to UD, and UD awards the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Students return to TJU for the 5th year and a summer, and TJU awards the MS in Occupational Therapy.