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Towson M.O.T program & shadowing/difficulty of acceptance

Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by Morcar, Jul 28, 2011.

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  1. Morcar

    Morcar

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    So I am applying to Towson's MOT program. I have looked everywhere on the net for info on how difficult the acceptance process is etc. I have my undergrad in Psychology and have been out of school for the past four years (I graduated with a 3.87 GPA). I can apply now because I have 6 of the 9 pre req's but I want to make sure I get in. I live in MD and I cannot really afford to go out of state... My question is has anyone apply and did you get in or not? Or has anyone graduated from there?

    Also as far as shadowing/fieldwork, they require 30 hours. I have spent the past four years working as a Psychiatric Rehab Specialist, two years with adults and two years with children. I basically teach social, daily living and coping skills to people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. Do you think this is good enough for my application or should I try to shadow an OT also? I really want this, I just had to wait until I paid off my undergrad loans, will it hurt me that four years have gone by?

    Any feedback is welcomed. Thank you.
  2. Whistle Pig

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    I'd say you are a very strong candidate based on your early info! Nice going! Does Towson require GRE? How'd you do? That can be and is a real killer, increasingly. As the applicant numbers sky-rocket, this will be an evermore convenient measure for sorting candidates.

    Many OT wannabes chaife at this, but there will be enormous pressure to move this direction, like PT, med, dent schools. For academics, it is a legitimizer, valid or otherwise in predicting future success.
  3. STHERE

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    4 years will not hurt you, since you were actually doing something and related to the field. I think you will definitely have to shadow an OT, that will help strengthen your application.
  4. Morcar

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    No they don't require the GRE's...they said not to bother filling in the section on the OTCAS because it wouldn't effect their decision. Yea I'm definitely going to look into the shadowing. They don't require it but it definitely can't hurt, that's for sure.
  5. BowlofSunshine

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    I applied there and got waitlisted. So I said I was not going to waste another year waiting for an answer from an OT school and decided to go to the other one to which I applied.

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