The MSOT program is designed for practicing occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and, as space is available, practicing physical therapist assistants (PTA). Applicants must have at least one year of work experience as a fully credentialed occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant working with an occupational therapist (OTR).
The School of Occupational Therapy annually admits a class of 36-40 students to the weekend bridge program leading to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), who begin study in August each year. Serious candidates are encouraged to submit application materials early, well in advance of indicated deadlines. Preference is given to applicants who have completed all prerequisites prior to application.Before you begin the application process, please review the Minimum Application Requirements page to be sure you meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for admission to the MSOT program. Also, before applying, please review the Distance Learning Model Self-Assessment to be certain you are prepared with the skill set required for this program.
The School of Occupational Therapy receives admission applications for the MSOT program and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy College Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). OTCAS opens for Fall 2017 application in mid-July 2016.
When applying, please follow these steps:
1. Create an account for your online application at www.otcas.org.
2. Log in to your application and complete all sections as directed.
3. As part of your application, enter all previously completed (and yet to be completed) college courses (you will need a copy of transcripts from all colleges attended to do this).
4. As part of your application (in the Colleges Attended section), download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to OTCAS.
5. As part of your application, complete all sections in the Program Materials area. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
6. Submit your completed application to OTCAS with the appropriate program designated.
7. Wait to hear from Belmont University via email regarding the status of your application.
Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with a faculty member. Opportunities for individual interviews are offered during scheduled dates.
Required After Acceptance
If you are accepted in the MSOT program, you will be required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR for infant, child and adult) and first aid training. You will also be required to submit results of a criminal background check and must comply with immunization requirements. The School of OT retains a copy of each student's record to verify health and immunization compliance and to satisfy any requests from fieldwork site administrators. These requirements are not only for the health and safety of our students but also for the safety of the patients they will be serving outside the university. Instructions and forms on completing these requirements will be communicated to you during the summer preceding your first semester.
Students in the MSOT program must have a laptop computer that includes wireless connection to the internet. Access to local high-speed internet is strongly recommended since you must be able to download large files and view videos in this program. Access to a scanner is also strongly recommended as students will need to submit program materials to faculty and staff throughout the program. A distance learning platform, Blackboard, is used for on-line coursework. Since technology is constantly evolving, students should contact the program assistant for technology requirements needed to participate in the program before purchasing new computer software or hardware.
We encourage you to first check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you need additional assistance, our admissions coordinator, Christina Twist, will be happy to answer questions you may have. You can contact her at the phone number below or by email at email@example.com.