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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not a Tennessee resident. May I still apply?
Belmont University makes no distinction between in-state and out-of-state students for admission or tuition purposes.

Is a bachelor's degree required to apply to the OTD Program?
Yes. This OTD program is designed for students who currently hold a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree or are in the process of earning one in any discipline other than OT. The degree should be conferred no later than June 1 prior to enrolling.

Is a specific major required?
We do not require a specific major to apply for our program, as long as the prerequisites are completed. Common majors include psychology, exercise science, and biology.

May I apply while I am in the process of completing my prerequisites?
Yes, you may. However, no more than 2 prerequisites may remain to be considered for an interview. Additionally, all courses must be complete, and your degree conferred, by June 1.

May I apply while I am in the process of completing my observation hours?
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 hours before an application will be reviewed. The application will remain incomplete until this requirement is met.

Some of my courses are older than 10 years. Are there exceptions to that policy?
If an applicant has been working in a science field since taking prerequisite courses, there may be an exception to the 10 year policy. Please contact us if you have questions about your situation.

May I request a transcript evaluation?
We do not provide transcript evaluations prior to receiving an application. However, if you have questions about a specific course, please feel free to contact us. A list of all prerequisites is available here.

What is the average GPA and GRE scores of students you accept?
We do not calculate the average GPA or GRE scores. Typically, though, competitive applications to our program will have a 3.5 or higher GPA (both cumulative and prerequisite) and a 150 or higher in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, with a 4 or higher in the analytical writing. Of course, these are just guidelines; however, all candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (both cumulative and prerequisite) to be considered.

What is the minimum GRE score you will accept?
We do not have a minimum GRE. Generally, competitive applications to our program have a 150 or higher in both the verbal and quantitative sections, with a 4 or higher in the analytical writing. However, that is just a general guideline, as the GRE is only one of many factors in the admissions decision.

Do you super score the GRE?
Yes, with multiple GRE scores, we will take the highest score in each section.

What is Belmont School of Occupational Therapy's code for the GRE?

Is there a separate application for Belmont?
The only application we require is the OTCAS application. The link to OTCAS is available on our website. Nothing supplemental needs to be sent to Belmont.

Where should I send my transcripts? Letters of recommendation?
All materials should be sent to OTCAS; nothing should be sent directly to Belmont. Instructions and addresses for transcripts and recommendations (called "evaluations" on OTCAS) are available on their website after you have created an account.

How many recommendations do you require? Who should write them?
We require two recommendations. One must be from an OT. The second may be from a person of your choosing such as a professor, employer, another OT, etc. Neither should be from a family member, friend, clergy, etc.

Do my 50 hours of observation need to be documented a certain way?
We do not require a specific form, but you will need to input all of your hours into OTCAS, with contact information for verification. So, you should track them in a document that can easily be referenced and uploaded.

Do you require an interview?
A face-to-face interview with a faculty member is a required part of the admission process. The interview days also act as visit days that include a program overview, lab demonstrations, and opportunity to talk with current students.

Are phone or Skype interviews available?
Our policy is not to extend phone interviews. Rarely, in cases of extreme circumstances, an exception may be made. Please contact us upon receiving an invitation to the interview if you believe your situation is an extreme circumstance.

May I schedule a visit to campus?
We're always glad to have visitors, but typically we encourage people to wait until they are invited for an interview before coming to campus, as the interview day includes a much more comprehensive look at the program, interactions with faculty and current students, lab demonstrations, etc. However, if you are going to be in Nashville anyway and would like to stop by, the admissions coordinator will be glad to schedule an appointment to give you a brief tour of the building, Monday through Friday between 9:00-4:00. Please contact our office to schedule.

How many students do you accept a year and when do they start?
We admit a class of approximately 36 students per year. A new cohort class begins each fall semester.

How long is the program and how many credit hours are required?
 The OTD degree is a 3 year, full-time program, with a total of 108-110 semester credit hours. Please visit the full OTD curriculum, where there is also a link to course descriptions.

When do classes meet?
Class times are typically held Monday through Thursday from 8 or 9 am to 5 or 6 pm but do vary by semester. Students attend fieldwork at clinical sites on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday.

Do you accept transfer credit?
No. Belmont University School of Occupational Therapy does not accept transfer credit from any other occupational therapy school.

How much is tuition?
Our current tuition rates can be found by accessing the Cost Estimator at
Belmont's Office of Student Financial Services. The OTD program is 6 semesters, plus 6 hours in the first summer.

Do you offer scholarships or other financial aid?
Scholarships are not available. Students typically fund tuition through loans or private sources. All questions concerning financial aid should be directed to our Student Financial Services department. You can reach the Student Financial Services office by phone at 615-460-6403 or online.

Should I apply for a master's degree or a doctorate?
Belmont's MSOT program is only available to COTAs or PTAs. However, in comparing other OT programs to Belmont's doctorate, it is important to consider your career goals. While both a masters and a doctorate equip the student for OT practice, the doctorate offers a wider breadth of opportunities, as the doctoral graduate has more research and scholarship training, leadership experience, and offers the ability to teach in the future.

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