Thank you for your interest in the Belmont University Physical Therapy Program!
When I talk with prospective students who are in the midst of choosing a graduate program in PT, I usually hear two questions - "Why choose Belmont?" and "What's new about your program?" It's likely you have the same questions, so allow me to share my perspective as the Program Chair.
Why choose Belmont?
'Our students and our graduates are our credentials', and the collective team of staff, faculty and students work hard to have this phrase be a recognizable trait of this program. This program has a curriculum built on the medical model that is rigorous and stretches the students academically, but also provides the support needed to help students meet the challenges that arise. All members of this team (staff, faculty and students), work for mutual support and as much of an ‘extended family environment’ as can be done while maintaining professional relationships.
Additionally, the facilities are outstanding, with open classrooms and labs, and a broad variety of equipment that is used with research projects and teaching. The faculty are educators first and foremost, with the credentials and ongoing clinical experience to help mold excellent clinicians. The combined result has been a 100% overall licensure pass rate as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners.
What’s new about your program?
In 2010, we moved into a new health sciences facility with the other schools in the College of Health Sciences with new classrooms and laboratories enhancing the educational experience of our students and providing opportunity for inter-professional collaboration with students preparing for careers in occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy and social work. In 2014, we added the John S. Halle Anatomy Lab for cadaver dissection and updated the equipment and technology in our Motion Analysis Laboratory. The School of Physical Therapy also joined with Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) to offer a post-professional Neurological Physical Therapy Clinical Residency. We anticipate that additional residency programs will be initiated in the next two years.
I look forward to meeting you soon and hope we can talk more about your goals and aspirations in physical therapy. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Sarah Schulte, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at 615-460-6722. She will be happy to assist you.
Thanks again for considering physical therapy education at Belmont University!
Renee Brown, PT, PhD
Chair, School of Physical Therapy