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Health Professions Pathways

Belmont University Health Professions Pathways provide academically qualified students the opportunity to enhance their undergraduate study with a unique connection to the university’s clinical doctoral programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy.

The program challenges you academically, prepares you for exclusive opportunity, and rewards you with preferential consideration for admission to one of two doctoral programs in the health sciences upon your successful completion of a Belmont bachelor’s degree.


A Unique Connection

Belmont University Health Professions Pathways offer academically qualified students who attain a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University the opportunity to receive preferred consideration for entry into one of two doctoral programs offered at the university—in occupational therapy and physical therapy.

As a Belmont undergraduate, you may pursue a major in any field of study.  Pathway courses (prerequisites) must be completed successfully as part of your bachelor’s degree.
When you apply for admission to one of Belmont’s doctoral programs in the health sciences, you will be guaranteed an interview opportunity for a place in the program’s entering class by meeting the minimum qualifications outlined.

With a solid interview and application file (as determined by program faculty), Pathways students will be offered first opportunity to join the entering class for the doctoral program to which they applied.  While not a guarantee of admission, the Pathways program provides preferred applicant status, which is extremely beneficial in competitive admissions environments such as these.

Applicants from Belmont will automatically be considered for the Pathways program when they apply to one of the University’s doctoral programs in occupational therapy or physical therapy meeting regular/priority admission deadlines (late applicants are not eligible).  There is no additional Pathways application required.  Applicants who do not meet Pathways qualifications will still be given full consideration for admission, but without preferred applicant status.


Qualifications for Health Professions Pathways

To gain consideration as a Pathways applicant to Belmont doctoral programs in occupational therapy or physical therapy, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

     1) Completion of a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University with a cumulative GPA
          of 3.5 or higher, including coursework from any previous colleges or universities.

     2) A grade of “B+” (3.3) or better in all pathway (prerequisite) courses (specific to each
          doctoral program) completed at Belmont and previous institutions.
                    Pre-OT Pathway (prerequisite) courses
                    Pre-PT Pathway (prerequisite) courses

     3) Successful completion of all application requirements for the program to which
          you are applying, making sure to meet all regular/priority application deadlines.

More Information

If you have questions about the Pathways program, please email Bill Nichols, Director of Enrollment Services for the College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy.

More information about our doctoral programs can be found on our web pages for occupational therapy and physical therapy.


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