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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.

Do you offer an Early Decision program?
Yes, Early Decision is available to applicants whose first and only choice is Belmont University. Early Decision candidates may only apply to Belmont; however, if not accepted for Early Decision, applicants may then apply to other programs. All Early Decision candidates will be notified of a decision by mid-late September. The entering class may be filled by candidates who apply for Early Decision.

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 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.

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

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. You may also find a non-exhaustive list of courses we will accept at this link.

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 3.2 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 Physical Therapy's code for the GRE?

Is there a separate application for Belmont?
The only application we require is the PTCAS application. The link to PTCAS 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 PTCAS; nothing should be sent directly to Belmont. Instructions and addresses for transcripts and recommendations (called "evaluations" on PTCAS) 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 a PT. The second may be from a person of your choosing such as a professor, employer, another PT, 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 PTCAS, 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 48 students per year. A new cohort class begins each fall semester.

Do you accept transfer credit?
No. Belmont University School of Physical Therapy does not accept transfer credit from any other physical therapy program. 

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 PT program is 6 semesters.

Do you offer scholarships or other financial aid?
Small scholarships are awarded to ten incoming first year students each year. These scholarships are renewable, contingent upon meeting the progression requirements of the PT program. No separate application is necessary for scholarships awarded by the School of Physical Therapy.  When you submit an application to the PT program, your application is considered for a scholarship.

Otherwise, 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.

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