Oct 26, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Exercise Science 3 + 3 Program


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Belmont University provides an opportunity for high achieving students majoring in Exercise Science to gain entry into one of the university’s doctoral programs in occupational therapy (OTD) or physical therapy (DPT) after only 3 years of undergraduate study.

Either the OTD or DPT program can be completed after three additional years for a total of 6 years (3+3) at Belmont University. Students will earn the BS in Exercise Science while completing their first year of the graduate program. It is strongly recommended that students indicate their intent to pursue the 3+3 program in their application for admission and  begin the program of study at the start of their freshman year to be able to fulfill the accelerated pace of course work. The 3+3 program is an accelerated option that requires meeting a number of rigorous requirements while completing major and prerequisite coursework, BELL Core, and WELL Core requirements within the first 3 years of undergraduate study to be eligible for consideration for admission to the graduate program.

BELL Core Requirements 53 Hours (minimum)


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)   

Program Track


Follow declared track:

Doctorate in Occupational Therapy: 7 Hours


Occupational Therapy Prerequisite Courses: 7 Hours


1st-Year OTD Courses - see OTD curriculum *


Students receive their BS degree in Exercise Science after successful completion of the first year of the OTD curriculum and fulfilling the undergraduate degree requirements. A total of 32 hours from the first year will count toward the elective requirement for the BS degree.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy: 20 Hours


1st-Semester DPT Courses - see DPT curriculum *


Students receive their BS degree in Exercise Science after successful completion of the first semester of the DPT curriculum and fulfilling the undergraduate degree requirements.  A total of 18 hours from the first semester will count toward the elective requirement for the BS degree.

Total Degree Hours (B.S.): 128 Hours


* Fourth Year


(if student does not meet doctoral 3+3 program admission requirements)

Occupational Therapy Program Track


Complete minor requirements and any additional elective credits needed to graduate with a minimum of 128 hours.

Physical Therapy Program Track


Complete minor requirements and any additional elective credits needed to graduate with a minimum of 128 hours.

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