Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not a Tennessee resident. Can I still apply?
Yes, both in-state and out-of-state applicants are welcome to apply. Belmont University makes no distinction between in-state and out-of-state students. Students currently enrolled in our Program come from a variety of different states including: Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, California, South Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Kentucky, Washington, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
Where can I find a list of pre-requisites and/or Admissions Requirements?
Please see the Minimum Application Requirements web page for more information.
Are student loans available?
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
How can I find information about tuition and fees?
The Office of Student Financial Services has information regarding tuition and fees on its website: www.belmont.edu/sfs/cost_estimators/index.html
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.
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 Christina Twist, Admissions Coordinator, by using the links below.