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Admissions

Each year, the School of Occupational Therapy admits a class of 60 students to Belmont’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program. Students begin study in August of each year.

Applications for admission and applicant credentials are received nearly exclusively through the Occupational Therapist Central Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Candidates may apply for admission after completing a bachelor's degree or entering the 3+3 program.

Admissions Requirements

Updated on June 15, 2022

  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 are 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 of which must have been completed within ten years prior to application.
    • Because of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, a grade of “pass” may be accepted for prerequisite courses taken during this time although a letter grade is preferred if that option was available. Candidates will be required to provide an explanation if they opted into the P/F grading scale for Spring 2020.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) credit is accepted for Statistics.

Required Prerequisites

Credits

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 (from a psychology department)

3

Abnormal Psychology

3

Intro to Sociology OR Intro to Anthropology (no substitutes)

3

3

Introductory Physics or Kinesiology

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 that do not meet this standard will be deferred from consideration until this requirement is fulfilled. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester (June 1) 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 If not completed successfully, the candidate’s admission will be withdrawn.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.

  1. Candidates must complete a personal essay as part of the OTCAS application.
  2. 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 paying an enrollment deposit.
    • Alternative Activities Form: We recognize that many of our applicants have been unable to complete observation experiences as intended due to COVID-19. In light of this, we have created an “Alternative Activities Form” for applicants to demonstrate that they have learned about the profession through a variety of resources. The completed form is due on the enrollment deposit deadline for admitted students and does not need to be submitted at the time of application. You can download the form as a Word or PDF document.  Completed forms should be emailed to  otd@belmont.edu.
  3. Two recommendations are required. At least one of the two recommendations required for application must be from a licensed occupational therapist.
  4. 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 their eligibility to sit for the national exam.  National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Belmont is now test-optional for the GRE. Candidates are welcome to submit their test scores to enhance their application if they wish to do so, but this is no longer a requirement for admission.

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