1. The Pre-PT Club

    Know your settings!

    If you've been in the Pre-PT game long enough you know that getting a variety of observation hours in a number of settings makes your application look good. What I've found many Pre-PT's don't know however, is what exactly a different setting means & what to do with this information. According...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Difficulties finding OT observation/volunteer hours in NYC?

    Hi guys, I'm in the process of applying to OT grad school. I feel like my application is very weak right now since I don't have volunteering experience. I've been having difficulty finding a place to allow me to volunteer or observe, I'm guessing due to the pandemic and all. I'm currently in...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Do schools verify observation hours?

    I do not have documentation for every site/all of my observation hours that I have done and recorded in OTCAS. Will schools make me verify the hours or have written proof of hours if I am considered or accepted? Just curious so I can properly prepare myself!
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    Need advice!

    So I am currently in a bit of a situation. I only have observation hours in 2 locations, and had had my heart set on submitting my application as soon as summer classes were over. Now I am weighing my options of submitting it later. I had an internship set up for August, which has now been...
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    Does working as a "Technician" always count as observation hours for DPT programs?

    Hi! I currently have a job as technician at an outpatient private practice and was wondering if I could count all the hours I work there as observation hours. The reason I ask is because even though I have the title "technician" I spend much more time at the front desk processing paperwork and...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Observations hrs in Seattle area

    Hey guys! I am trying to be proactive in case I don't get accepted into an MOT program this round! I think my observation hours might be lacking. I have about 100 between two different OT outpatient rehab clinics and only about 10 hrs in pediatrics, with more planned. I am a nursing assistant...
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    DO Shadowing Opportunities near Seattle

    Hi all, I live in the Seattle area and am looking to shadow a DO ahead of applying to med school (Allo & Osteo) in June. I’ve cold called many offices and was wondering if anyone has had any luck with DO shadowing opportunities near Seattle. Let me know. I really appreciate it! I apologize if...
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    Inpatient Hours vs Hospital Employement

    I am applying to PT school with over 850 outpatient observation hours but no hours in any other settings. I've worked in a hospital as a transporter for over a year. Do you think this will be okay or should I try to secure a spot shadowing at the hospital?
  9. thenor

    A Pediatric Otolaryngologist/ ENT physician is letting me shadow him. What surgery should I observe?

    Hi Everyone, A pediatric Otolaryngologist/ ENT physician is letting me shadow him. He is giving me the option of observing one surgery and was wondering what surgery I'm interested in observing. I'm not sure what surgery to observe. Helpppp Thanks
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    General Admissions & OTCAS 2018 Applications

    I am trying to decide if it is worth it for me to apply to either an MSOT or OTA program this summer or just take the gap year. I have been getting very mixed opinions on if it is worth it to apply now. Here are my stats: -I will have 100 hours of observation (30 hours in peds private practice...
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    Observation Hours for Non-Trad Students

    I'm 26 and applying to PT school for early admission. I think I have a strong application other than observation hours. I've always done steady volunteering, but up until I realized observation hours specific to PT were a requirement I had volunteer in more of a sports setting. I currently only...
  12. am.otstudent

    General Admissions & OTCAS Letters of Recommendation from OTs

    Hi all, I'm getting my ducks in a row to apply to schools this summer/fall, and I'm at a loss with how to approach my current volunteer hours situation. I went through the whole onboarding process for observing in my current setting (PT/OT pediatric outpatient clinic, 1x per week) and was...