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Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by 127428, May 2, 2012.

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  1. 127428

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    I was considering getting a membership to AOTA and was curious to see if other students will be doing so. I know that some programs require that their students have a membership but I don't believe that mine will. It will only be 75 dollars per year for students but with all of these upcoming expenses I want to save money where possible. Do any current or incoming students have any thoughts on this?
  2. 2bOT

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    As far as I know most OT students are members. A couple schools I talked to even paid for their students' memberships.
  3. gialuan

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    My school encourages us to be members and faculty was willing to even help students out. Some schools like MUSC included AOTA membership in tuition.
  4. frootloops

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    It is worth it to be the AOTA member because there will be research projects when you need peer-reviewed OT articles. Also, the OT Practice Framework is on there for free, and that will be one of the texts you need to buy for $40. So, get AOTA. It is your future professional field - dive in.
  5. jmw1214

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    I completely agree with above. UTMB encourages membership, but doesn't require it. However, AOTA works on a number of things relating to keeping our jobs in tact, so I firmly believe you should start the habit now of supporting them. If AOTA had the support from OT's that APTA had from PTs, I think we'd be in a MUCH better position!
  6. babycheeks

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    I def want to be a member I plan to get it as soon as I start here this fall! Lots of good information on AOTA I want to stay current in my career.
  7. CurlyHairedGirl

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    Is there any way to join as a member before you are admitted to a school? I thought they might have useful info for me while applying. Like reading research papers by professors at the schools I am interested in. And I'd like to read the AOTA Framework and not have to buy it.

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