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Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a COTA or PTA. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, no. Belmont's MSOT program is exclusively for COTAs and PTAs.

I'm not a Tennessee resident. Can I still apply?
Yes, both in-state and out-of-state applicants are welcome to apply. As a private university, Belmont makes no distinction between in-state and out-of-state students. Students enrolled in our program come from a variety of different states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

Where can I find a list of pre-requisites and/or Admissions Requirements?
Please see the Minimum Application Requirements web page for more information.

Is a bachelor's degree required?
A bachelor's degree is not required. However, we do require a minimum of 90 semester credit hours, which is typically a little more than an associate's degree.

Do you require the GRE?
The GRE is not required for our MSOT program.

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.

Is there a separate application for Belmont?
The only application we require is the OTCAS application. The link to OTCAS is available here. 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 until after acceptance. Instructions and addresses for transcripts and recommendations (called "evaluations" on OTCAS) are available on the OTCAS website after you have created an account.

Do I need to send transcripts from each school, even if the classes from one school are included on another transcript, or if the courses have nothing to do with my degree?
Yes. We must receive transcripts from all schools at which you have earned credit.

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.

I'm a PTA; 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.

May I apply with outstanding prerequisites?
Yes, you may. However, preference is given to applicants who have completed all prerequisites at time of application review. All courses must be complete by June 1. 

Some of my courses are older than 8 years. Are there exceptions to that policy?
If an applicant has been working as a COTA or PTA since taking their prerequisite courses, there may be an exception to the 8 year policy. Please contact us with the specifics of your circumstances.

I attended a school that is not regionally accredited. Will my courses count?
Depending on the school you attended, your courses may count towards the 90 hours Belmont requires. However, all prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.

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 lab demonstrations and chances to talk with current students.

Are phone or Skype interview available?
All interviews must be done on-campus, so no phone or Skype interviews are available.

How can I find information about tuition and fees?
The Office of Student Financial Services has information regarding current tuition and fees on its website.

Do you offer scholarships or other financial aid?
Scholarships are not available, but students typically fund their studies 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 at www.belmont.edu/sfs.

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, a facilities tour, 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 often are the on-site weekends? Can I Skype in?
On-site (live) weekends are every third weekend - a little more than once a month - and must be attended in person.

What is the schedule during the on-site (live) weekend?
Typically, live weekends are all-day Saturday and Sunday, with classes from approximately 8 am to 6 pm each day.

Does Belmont provide lodging during live weekends?
Unfortunately, Belmont does not have any housing or accommodations for graduate students. Many MSOT students will get together to split the cost of a hotel or home-rental for the weekend.

Do I need access to a computer to participate in the MSOT Program?
Yes, daily access to a computer is required. High-speed Internet access is strongly recommended since students must be able to download large files and view videos. Access to a scanner is also strongly recommended as students will need to submit program materials to faculty and staff throughout the program. A distance learning platform, Blackboard, is used for on-line coursework. Since technology is constantly evolving, students should contact admissions representative for technology requirements needed to participate in the program before purchasing new computer software or hardware. To see if your current computer is compatible with Blackboard, please use this document to check your settings.

Should I apply for a master's degree or a doctorate?
Belmont's MSOT program is only available to COTAs or PTAs, and our OTD is for applicants who hold bachelor's degrees. For candidates who are both a COTA/PTA and have a bachelor's, though, the most important thing to consider is your career goals. While both programs 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 the ability to teach in the future. However, the OTD is an on-campus, day program, while the MSOT offers the flexibility of a hybrid program.

The MSOT Program is a distance enhanced program. What skills are recommended to participate in a distance enhanced program?
The skills and abilities recommended to participated in a distance enhanced education program are:

1) Being resourceful and enjoying research and reading to find answers to questions rather than listening to a lecture that provides the answers.

2) Being an excellent reader and visual learner.

3) Being motivated to complete homework and other assignments in a timely manner.

4) Ability to participate in virtual discussions and to not require regular, live interaction to meet learning needs.

5) Being highly independent as a learner but able to recognize the importance of working in a group.

6) Not requiring immediate feedback from instructors or ability to schedule time to transmit questions in advance (well before assignments are due).

7) Being comfortable taking examinations online.

8) Being confident with writing abilities but also welcoming to suggestions for improvement.

9) Ability to dedicate the same amount of time per week to complete coursework that a traditional classroom program would require.

10) Recognizing that you are ultimately responsible for your learning.

11) Ability to create, delete, modify, and save a word-processing document.

12) Ability to cut and paste images into a word-processing document.

13) Ability to cut text from a word-processing document and then paste in another document.

14) Knowledge of how to bookmark favorite websites on the Internet.

15) Ability to conduct Internet searches using Google, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, or other online search directories.

16) Ability to copy and share URL’s with others.

17) Ability to download and install browser plug-ins for Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Real Player, etc.

18) Availability of high-speed Internet connection and a personal computer.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions concerning my eligibility?
Prospective applicants are welcome to contact Sarah Schulte, Admissions Coordinator, at the phone number below or by email at msot@belmont.edu.


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