Program Overview

Belmont University is currently offering a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy that consists of 6 semesters of online and on-campus classes. Through the combination of digital learning and hands-on clinical observation, students will gain a deep understanding of the application of occupational therapy intervention. Students will garner a foundation of kinesiology and human biology to understand how occupational therapy works at a biological level. Classes will teach students not only the biological science and application of therapy, but what roles occupational therapists play in the overall health care field.  Students will be able to use skills learned in this program instantly by actively participating in therapy under the supervision of a practicing occupational therapist.

The curriculum for this program consists of 75 credit hours that are a combination of classes and active fieldwork. While many of the classes will be available in a flexible online format, students are be expected to attend class on the Belmont campus in Nashville, TN every third weekend during all semesters. Examples of courses in this curriculum include: Foundations in Occupational Therapy, Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Developmental Influences on Living, Research Methods, Assistive Technology for Human Performance and Physiology. Students will complete two fieldwork clinical engagements. The first will require a minimum of 50 hours onsite over the course of three semesters. Students will be required to attend academic fieldwork related to each stage of development: Pediatrics, Adults and Older Adults. The University will assist in placing students in locations that are suitable for their schedule and location. Students will also participate in two back-to-back fieldwork rotations. Each of these will last approximately 12 weeks. During this, students will participate in regular group discussions with peers to facilitate their clinical reasoning skills and team-based research tools.

Only 32 students are admitted into this program each year, so applicants should expect the selection to be competitive.  Applicants are required to have at least one year of credentialed occupational therapy assistant experience, with a minimum of 50 hours of observation to be admitted into this program. In addition, students must also have completed at least 90 semester hours of credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Requirements

    Applicants must have at least one year of work experience as a fully credentialed occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant working with an occupational therapist (OTR). Students must also have completed at least 90 semester hours of credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

    Restrictions

    Mandatory on-campus classes at the Nashville, TN campus will be required every 3rd weekend.

    School Overview

    Located on 75-acres just outside of downtown Nashville, Belmont College opened in 1890 in order to provide educational opportunities for young women. The College merged with Ward Seminary in 1913, evolving into the Ward-Belmont School for Women. Another turning point for the institution came in 1951, when the school transitioned to the co-educational Belmont College. By 1991, the school adopted its university status and growth continues. Today, the private, not-for-profit Belmont University supports a liberal arts education, based on Christian principles.

    Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral programs. Belmont University also supports adult degree programs offering non-traditional students the opportunity to complete undergraduate degrees. A number of graduate programs target the needs of working professionals, offering classes in the evenings or online, in addition to summer programs.

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