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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Can I apply while I am in the process of completing my prerequisites?
Yes. Many of our applicants are finishing up their prerequisites or minimum credit hours when they apply. The OT Admissions Committee will consider each applicant once the application is processed by the Admissions Coordinator.

How long is the program and how many credit hours are required?
The OTD degree is a 3 year, full-time program. There are 5 semesters of didactic coursework and clinical fieldwork I,  2 semesters of clinical fieldwork II, and 1 semester of an advance practice residency. A total of 108-110 semester credit hours are completed for the OTD degree. Click here for OTD curriculum.

Do you accept transfer credit?
No. Belmont University School of Occupational Therapy Program does not accept transfer credit from another Occupational Therapy school.

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.

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.

What will it cost to complete my OTD at Belmont?
Tuition and fees change each academic year. You can view the current costs by accessing the Cost Estimator at
Belmont's Office of Student Financial Services.

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

How can prospective OTD candidates visit campus and meet with faculty?
Individual appointments can be arranged with the Admissions Coordinator. For more information please contact Sarah Schulte, Admissions Coordinator, at the phone number below or via email at

School of Occupational Therapy
Admissions 615-460-6798  |  Main 615-460-6700
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