MSOT - Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (weekend format for COTAs and non-OT licensed health care providers), OTD - Occupational Therapy Doctorate
The School of Occupational Therapy offers two degree programs: the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and the Weekend Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT). Belmont University is only one of four universities that grants an entry level occupational therapy doctorate with advanced practice skills. The MSOT program is only one of ten weekend programs in the United States that allows students to do a distance and combined live classroom experience while still working in the health field.
The OTD program has an extensive network of fieldwork sites that provide the student with clinical experience each semester. Clinical sites range from hospitals, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, homeless shelters, community agencies, public and private schools, and other settings as deemed appropriate. Students typically spend a minimum of 80 hours per semester in their Fieldwork I settings and 12 weeks fulltime at their Fieldwork II placements. Starting Fall 2008, the OTD curriculum will add a residency requirement for advance practice that will be a 16 week rotation or 640 hours. The OTD program will admit between 24 and 32 students each year based on eligible candidates for the program.
The MSOT program admits 32 students each year and has an extensive waiting list. MSOT students travel to Belmont University for classes from all over the United States. These students typically complete their fieldworks closer to home but have the option of staying in the Nashville for both Fieldwork I and II classes.
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA.