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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
4:04 pm

2hotelsong
I don't know if this community is still read by many, but I'm going to try to ask for some advice anyway!

Here's the deal: I am a 25-year-old with a bachelor's degree in political science. I currently work for the government, and I abhor it.  After a little soul searching, research, and generally changing as a person, I have come to the conclusion that the right job for me is one in the medical field. I've narrowed it down to occupational therapy specifically, and I'm very excited about getting into this field. I'm very excited.

My only dilemma: I don't know whether to go for occupational therapy assistant or for my master's in occupational therapy.  My undergrad GPA wasn't spectacular: 3.2 something. However, I transferred from two other colleges where I had much higher GPAs that did not transfer, so I wonder if any MOT programs would take that into consideration.  In addition, I have quite a few pre-requisites to complete before I enter, and no volunteer hours as of yet.

On one hand, I don't know if I would be completely happy without a master in OT. On the other hand, I don't want to waste my time getting in if I have no chance. I'm 25 and feel old. I don't want to waste anymore years prolonging my education and career than I have to. I'd like to have a house, family, etc one day.

There is community college near me that offers a COTA program, and I'm pretty sure I could get in. 

Basically, I guess my question is: If I quit my job to focus completely on a MOT: classes and volunteer hours, would it be worth it? Do I actually have a chance of getting into a Master's program?

Side note: I already completed pre-requisites that would be good for my associates and master's, and with 4.0 GPA.

Thanks for any advice or help you have to offer!

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Friday, March 9th, 2012
7:19 pm

plasticsturgeon
What does it mean if you're wait listed from an OT program with rolling admissions? I plan to ask the wait lister directly once it isn't the weekend, but the weekend hasn't even started yet and it's very, very long.

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Friday, June 10th, 2011
6:52 pm - general questions

cookiesr1
Where do you all work? What do you like about it? I'm currently at a skilled nursing facility which has a short term unit so it's similar to rehab. I'm actually looking for a new job at a hospital or other rehab setting for different reasons. Though some of the patients I've really enjoyed working with and others not but I would think that is the same anywhere.

Who are some of your favorites? I have enjoyed some of the psych/cognitively impaired patients depending on the patient, though they can be some of the hardest. Also the high level people are fun but also challenging to think of ideas for them. I've liked the stroke population also, seen a few of those since I've been at my job.

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011
10:47 pm

rrevol
Hey all

I want to thank everyone for all of the important info & experiences you've contributed to the group. It's helping me get motivated to apply to schools. I'm procrastinating pretty bad when it comes to getting my essays done, & I must say that reading posts from this group has been the most productive form of procrastination I have experienced all day.

A lil bit about me-
I'm a PT tech at a sports rehab clinic & have been working there since this summer to get some experience a bit more related to OT. Unfortunately there isn't an OT at the location I work at. I've also been a social worker in the mental health field, & have had 2 pretty significant internships that have shaped me into wanting to be an OT. One was working with public health educators for refugees/survivors of torture, the other was a 9 month long internship doing art therapy in a community setting.

I'm excited/nervous about applying to school & it's kindof putting me at a stand-still. I'm a little worried about getting into school. I have a pretty good GPA, & hold a bachelors in psychology. However, I am about a semester short of having another bachelors in communication disorders & withdrew from a few classes. Once when I had pneumonia, & the other time was when I decided that speech pathology wasn't for me. One of the schools I'm applying to states that they take into consideration the amount of withdrawls a student has. What would one consider an excessive amount of withdrawls?????

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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
4:10 am - Occupational Therapists in the military?

tron_world
Are there any OTs here that are thinking about working for the military? I'm thinking about joining the US Air Force and work as an OT at any of the RAF military bases in England, but I'm not sure how this all really works out. Do I get to choose where I want to be stationed or do my superiors choose for me? And do I have to go through basic training in order to work for a military hospital?

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
2:11 pm - Job Shadow

tris21
I'm applying as a new student for an OTA program and I need to do a 4 hour job shadow of an OT or OTA. Anybody in the twin cities area of MN that would know of a good place to do one?

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Monday, April 5th, 2010
8:16 pm - study guides

cookiesr1
I'm finishing up my program now at Temple here in Philly, and was wondering what kind of study guide you guys all used for the NBCOT exam? I thought I would start going over stuff soon, and my school is going to do a review but I figured it would be good to start. I know there's a lot out there. Also, how did you guys find your first jobs? I've been looking online at otjoblink.com and others like that, and just websites in general so far. Haven't seen many postings here lately either. Also, anyone else in the Philly area?

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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm - any suggestions

catbirdgirl
I am thinking of going back to school for OT or OTA... any suggestions when considering this field? also, everyone recommends Anatomy/Physiology... but will they take credit from an online University, or no? any financial aid suggestions?

Thanks.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009
3:02 pm

ballerinatwirls
Forgive me if this is common knowledge or something -- I'm the first person going through college and the like, so, a lot of things are new or unheard of to me.

I want to get a Masters of Science degree in  Occupational Therapy.  The problem is that I am missing two prerequisite classes.  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II; the schools that I am interested in say that they accept the pre-reqs from any community college, college, .... .  I was wondering ... how do I go about doing this?  I'm graduating in the summer from a very expensive institution and I would prefer if I took those two pre-reqs somewhere relatively cheaper and closer to home (NYC).

Thank you ;DD.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
6:20 pm - Move to Savannah, GA?

acousticel
We have a wonderful opportunity that just became open for an OT and/or a COTA in the Savannah, GA area with SunDance Rehabilitation. They offer comprehensive benefits and excellent bonuses (I should know, because they gave me one last year:)).

Please let me know if you are interested, and I can give you some contact info and email company information.

Thanks!
Ellee

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Thursday, February 5th, 2009
3:00 am

lifedespitegod
I'm looking into OT programs and I'm wondering whether anyone can make suggestions. This is what I'm interested in:
--Sensory integration or work with autistic children
--Forensic OT, especially in forensic psychiatric hospitals
--Technology -- I have some background in IT and programming and I'm interested in eventually working with technology aspects of OT, like developing computer programs for people with disabilities

Anyone know of programs that offer a lot of training in those things? (All 3 would be great but just 1 or 2 would be good.) My dream school is USC where I know I could take courses in SI and technology, but I'm looking for backup schools. Also, I prefer schools in medium-to-larger cities with a lot of diversity, but that's secondary to the program.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
5:33 am - Thinking Deep about OT as a Career for me...

kadi1013
Hello! My name is Katie, and i am interested in Occupational Therapy... and I have already applied and been accepted to a Masters program for OT. However... I have some worries... I am hoping I can get some feed back from people in this community.

It is REALLY important to me to find a career in which I can help people to empower and enlighten themselves. I really enjoy helping people realize their full potential. I have my Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies, and minored in Psychology. I love Psychology and am aware that OT originated out of Psych. I am also a fairly spiritual and creative person... I think I would enjoy incorporating aspects of yoga, art, music, and other "creative" sort things into my practice as an OT. How much are these types of things embraced in OT?? I think my main interests would be in working with groups of women, brain and spinal cord injury clients (in a long term rehab setting), children in a school setting, or with people with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or other developmental disabilities.

I am aware that anything such as music therapy, art therapy, yoga, CLEARLY anything spiritual, would have to be used in relation to the goal being worked on with the client. But I am really nervous that in getting into Occupational Therapy I'll be signing up for a lot of work that will be physio/medical based and have a lot of emphasis on hand movements, etc. I would be okay (and I think even enthusiastic about this) if it were all based on helping the client to achieve his/her overall goal of meaning, well-being, and living the life that he or she wants to live.

Am I crazy to be so "worried" about these things?? Also, on an off note... if any of you know your Meyers-Briggs scores or Holland Interest codes would you be willing to share those with me... I'm an ENFP... and AES... I'd like to know if anyone else who is an ENFP or AES has gotten into OT and found themselves successful in it. Thanks!

Katie

current mood: curious

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
4:25 pm

lifedespitegod
Does anyone know about the technicalities of getting a master's abroad? I'm American and I'm looking at some schools here but I'd also be interested in going abroad for grad school, particularly Australia (England is a possibility too, though I know it's more expensive -- I'd pretty much consider any country with reputable universities where courses are taught in English). I'm not sure that I want to relocate permanently, though. Does anyone know how easy it would be to get certified in the US with a Master's (or a MS plus some work experience) from another country? Looking at the program course requirements, they seem pretty similar to American universities except that they take 2 years rather than 2.5 and there is no period of strictly fieldwork with no classes.

While I'm asking, any recommendations on programs in Australia, England, or elsewhere? I'm especially interested in pediatrics.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
6:45 pm

sunkissmyface
Hi everyone. I'm posting because I've applied to a bunch of schools, which I know doesn't seem to be the standard practice for OT school, but now that I'm starting to make decisions I'm having a hard time deciding. I've talked to students at most of the schools and even visited most of them, but I thought I'd just post which ones I applied to in case anyone who belongs to this group goes or has gone to one of the schools, or even if you know someone who does! So here goes: U. Illinois Chicago, Washington U in St. Louis, Colorado State, San Jose State, Tufts, Boston U, U Wisconsin-Madison, and UNC-Chapel Hill. I'd appreciate any information people can give me because this is a hard decision! Thanks in advance :)

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008
12:02 pm

ciisperth
hello friends...
there is an opportunity to study at Perth in western Australia,If anyone has completed his higher secondary and want to study in Australia and wanna get a good job there then here is an OPPORTUNITY.You just need to score 5.5 band in IELTS or 530 score in TOEFL.And the best thing is you can pursue your graduation at comparatively cheaper rate and can get good job....
Anyone interested can contact me...

Katreena

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008
11:17 pm

lifedespitegod
I'm a rising fourth year psychology major who has recently decided I'd like to pursue OT as a career. I should be graduating next January and hopefully entering OT school the next fall.

My question is, what can I do to make myself a good candidate to get into grad programs? My main problem is my GPA, it's a 2.8 (I'm essentially an A/B student who had one C/D/F semester that brought my GPA down .4 from 3.2) -- I know that I'll need to make up for this in other areas. I know that mainly I need to get a good GRE score, get As in the prereqs I have left to take, and complete the required volunteer hours. Are there any other tips? For instance, are there any part-time jobs I would qualify for (all my work experience is in the IT/business field) that might look good on an OT application -- at least better than a retail job? Would having volunteer experience in two different OT fields (for example, pediatrics and geriatrics) be preferable to only having one volunteer position? Would accumulating volunteer hours beyond what's necessary to apply give me a significant boost? What about volunteering that doesn't directly involve a licensed OT but is relevant (i.e., I might be able to work for a surf camp for autistic kids this summer)?

I should be able to bring my GPA back up above 3.0 by the time I apply, and I hope to accumulate at least 100 volunteer hours, putting me at the minimums for more competitive grad programs. But basically, what are some ways that, with just one year left, I can show that I'm focused, serious, and capable, and rise above just meeting the minimums to make myself a desirable candidate? Sorry if this question seems obvious as I'm new to the idea of OT (but excited to have found a career that seems to be a great fit for me).

(FWIW, I'm mainly looking at programs on the west coast -- preferably USC (long shot I know), CSU Dominguez Hills, or San Jose State).

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Sunday, August 17th, 2008
10:52 am - Choosing an OT school...

sunkissmyface
Hi everyone,

I just joined and am excited to have found this community. I just graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a biopyschology major and am working on OT applications. I'm currently trying to narrow down the list of schools I want to apply to, since I have about 13 on the list right now. I was wondering what I should especially be looking for in a program - I know that fieldwork and practical experience is very important, and it seems odd to me that some schools don't have much fieldwork until later. U. Washington and U. Illinois are two that I'm looking at which don't seem to have any Level I fieldwork until the summer. Are there any particular classes which you feel are especially important to have? I personally have been thinking that classes like kinesiology, somekind of healthcare or OT management, and assistive technology classes would be helpful, in addition to the basics, but since I'm not an OT I don't completely trust my own preferences! If anyone could help me out, that would be great. :) And if you want to advertise your school, feel free!

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Saturday, August 16th, 2008
11:11 pm - nervous about applying to MOT with unrelated BA

shanthropology
Hi everyone!
I've just recently started considering an MOT and was thrilled to find this community. I have a BA in Near Eastern Studies with a second major in Anthropology and practically no OT prereqs, ha ha. I've figured out that in two years I can complete enough prereqs to apply to the schools with the fewest prereqs. While I know that's not the best way to choose schools, that's what it's going to boil down to for me. I am, however, getting really nervous that taking the bare minimum prereqs at my local no-name state college won't be enough to get me in. Yes, I will do the observation/volunteer hours and have everything the school says I need, but I won't have anything extra, because I simply can't while working full time. 
Does anyone have any advice for me? Do I have a chance at getting in anywhere? Should I just abandon the idea now, since I have NO science background? 
Thanks in advance! 

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008
10:15 pm - anyone work in a school?
just_breath_143 Hello,

I was wondering if any of you work in a school setting? If so, would you say there a demand for OTs in schools? And are you hired as a full time school employee w/ benefits and such or are you contracted through an agency?

Thanks!

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Thursday, July 24th, 2008
2:07 pm - Graduate Schools

vintagegirlnh
Hi everyone! I will be finishing my BA degree this Spring and I am seriously contemplating pursuing graduate school in Occupational Therapy. The graduate schools I have in my area are California State University Dominguez Hills and USC. I'm also wondering if anyone is aware of any accredited graduate level OT programs that are offered online? Also, I am pursuing my undergrad in Communicative Disorders (speech) and I know that it is important to remember to check that the graduate program is accredited by ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) is there a similar organization that accredits ot programs? Thank you for any help or advice you can give!

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