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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



Personal Health Management

Introductory Biology I 



Introductory Biology II




General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II



Critical Reading and Writing




Calculus I
PSYC100 General Psychology

Human Physiology



Lifespan Development



Emergency Mgmt. of Illness/Injuries



Anatomy & Physiology 



Fund. of Athletic Training



Nutrition Concepts



Ethics course



Introduction to Statistics



Foreign Lang./Comm. Course


  History & Cultural Change Univ. Breadth

Basic Concepts of Kines.



Research Methods



Biomech. of Human Motion



Physiology of Activity with Lab



Upper-level nutrition



Abnormal Psychology



Introduction to Sociology



Creative Arts & Humanities University Breadth



English 2nd Writing Course


  Elective Course

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.