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Minimum Admission Requirements

1) Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degree in any field) or be in the senior year of undergraduate study. A completed bachelor's degree and completion of all prerequisites is required by June 1 prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

2) Candidates must achieve a grade of B- or better in each prerequisite course, each which must have been completed within ten years prior to application.

Required Prerequisites
Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
Statistics (from a math department or psychology department) 3
Developmental Psychology (new for Fall 2020) 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Intro to Sociology OR Intro to Anthropology (no substitutes) 3
Introductory Physics (new for Fall 2020) 3 - 4
Medical Terminology 1 - 3

Candidates are expected to have no more than two incomplete prerequisites (as verified by OTCAS) to be considered for an interview opportunity. Submitted applications which do not meet this standard will be deferred for consideration until this requirement is fulfilled. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to enrollment. If not completed successfully, the candidate’s admission will be withdrawn.

In addition to the required prerequisites, the following courses are also helpful: advanced writing, public speaking, and computer literacy.

3) Candidates must achieve competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years. The code to send a GRE score to Belmont's School of Occupational Therapy is 1203.

4) Candidates must complete a personal essay as part of the OTCAS application.

5) Candidates must demonstrate familiarity with occupational therapy in the form of a minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer, and/or work experience in occupational therapy prior to application.

6) At least one of the two recommendations required for application must be from a licensed occupational therapist.

7) Students need to be aware that felony related charges and convictions may prevent participation in fieldwork experiences. In addition, a criminal record may prevent the student from taking the NBCOT exam and also from becoming licensed. A student should contact NBCOT if there is a prior criminal record that might interfere with eligibility to sit for the national exam. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

School of Occupational Therapy
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