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School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers two graduate degrees for advanced practice in Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program began in 1994. The MSN program offers a family nurse practitioner (FNP) track and a post-MSN certificate program to educate master’s-prepared nurses for eligibility for a national FNP certification exam. The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) both approve graduates from Belmont’s FNP program to take the certification examination. MSN graduates from Belmont have enjoyed a 100% first-time pass rate on national FNP certification for the past 11 years.

In 2012, the School accepted the inaugural class for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with students who had previously completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Graduates of the DNP program attain clinical, organizational and leadership expertise designed to meet the changing demands of the present and future health care system The MSN-to-DNP program of study is presented as a 2-year, full time, 40-credit program in a hybrid format combining on-campus intensive weekend experiences approximately 4 times each semester with online coursework and interaction.

One year later, in August 2013, Belmont added the post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP program for BSN-prepared registered nurses (RNs) who desire to become prepared at the doctoral level for the role and population of FNP. This is a full time, 3-year, 75-credit program offered in both live and hybrid formats. Graduates are eligible to sit for national FNP exams (ANCC or AANPCP).

School of Occupational Therapy

The School of Occupational Therapy offers two degree programs: the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and the Weekend Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT).  Belmont University is only one of seven universities that grants an accredited entry level occupational therapy doctorate with advanced practice skills.  The MSOT program is only one of a handful of weekend programs in the United States that allows students to do a distance and combined live classroom experience while still working in the health field.  MSOT students travel to Belmont University for classes from all over the United States.

School of Physical Therapy

The School of Physical Therapy offers the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), which is a postbaccaluareate degree conferred upon successful completion of a doctoral level professional (entry-level) program. For the past three years, 100% of all graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) on the first attempt.

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