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    Program-Specific Info / Q's Shenandoah Interview

    Hi all! To anyone who has interviewed at Shenandoah... Was the interview group or individual? Who were you interviewed by? I applied to the MSOT-Weekend program, but am supposed to report to the OTD Program and Admissions Coordinator's suite. What questions did they ask?/Any tips? Thanks in...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS HELP

    I am currently in the process of putting together my OTCAS application for the 2024 admissions cycle. I have worked as a patient care technician for a year now, this includes working side by side with occupational therapist daily. I do not have any “observation hours” as I haven’t had the time...
  3. Liddo

    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS letter of rec

    Hi everyone! I have four letter of recs but I didn’t realize that you can’t rearrange the order of the letters. Some schools state that they would only read the first three letters but what if my most important letter is the 4th one? Can I pick which letters to showcase somehow? Thank you!!
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Verification Timeline

    Hi Everyone! For those of you who have already gotten your OTCAS application verified, how long did that process take? I submitted my apps a few days ago and know its going to be a bit, but just didn't know what everyone else timelines looked like. TIA!
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Kean University MSOT 2020 Interviews

    I wanted to make this thread for anyone waiting to hear back from Kean for an interview and/or acceptance this year. I've been so anxious and I'm hoping I'm not alone in the process!
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    General Admissions & OTCAS 2019-2020 OTCAS Applicants

    Hi everyone! I am making this thread for those who are applying in the current cycle so we can all share tips with each other on the application process, interviews, and potentially find those who are admitted into the same school! Has anyone applied to Creighton/got an interview yet? I have...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Transcripts and OTCAS

    Hello Everyone, I am starting the OTCAS process and am concerned about the Transcripts section on the OTCAS. When entering in your courses, it says to use official transcripts, but obtaining the official transcripts from all of the schools I attended is very costly. Has anyone had issues using...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Letters of Recommendation Advice

    Hi! Currently I am in the process of reapplying to OT programs (mostly, if not all, MOT). This is my second cycle that I am applying to, but applications don't open up for another month or so I believe. I have re-asked two out of my three past writers of my LORs but am wondering how to more...
  9. 0613Forever

    General Admissions & OTCAS How to send prerequisite transcripts to OTCAS?

    Hello, there! Since the new OTCAS admissions cycle is coming up in few weeks, I have a question about sending prerequisite transcripts to OTCAS. I have done all my prerequisites as online courses; is the method same as sending official transcript from the undergraduate? Do we get to enter...
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    Other OT-Related Information What jobs give me relative work experience for OT school that can also pay the bills ($40,000+)?

    I'm currently a Junior Biology major with a minor in Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Chemistry at Texas State University. I plan on taking a leap year after I graduate before I apply to OT school (need to take A&P1+2 and get more observation hours). With that in mind, I was wondering...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OT stats and personal statement

    Hi y'all!! pls help Im feeling kinda nervous looking at everyone else stats on here so I'd like to share mine to get some input on how competitive others would consider my stats and gain insight on what I can do to improve them. GPA: 3.4, psychology major Observation hours: 182 outpatient...
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    Program-Specific Info / Q's USC OTCAS "what other scools applying to..." question

    Hi! As one of many currently in the OTCAS trenches, specifically USC's, I have stumbled upon an interesting question in one of USC's supplemental sections on OTCAS. The question reads, "Please list any other occupational therapy programs to which you are applying." I found this to be a bit odd...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Personal Statement Question

    I feel silly asking this but should I include my name on the top of my personal statement for OTCAS? Also, should I write "Personal Statement" on it or just leave it without a title? I can't seem to find any formatting information about this paper on the OTCAS website or online anywhere.
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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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    General Admissions & OTCAS Below average stats! Opinions?

    So I am really starting to freak out reading some of the stats on here. Everyone is so impressive, it's making me feel like I have no chance at getting in anywhere. I definitely started all of my experiences/observations way too late and got a super low GRE score. Can someone be honest and give...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Florida OT Applicants 2018/2019

    I saw a post like this for Texas so I thought I would do the same for Florida. When you hear back share it with the thread! University: University of Tampa Major: Allied Health Overall GPA: 3.35 - might be slightly lower on OTCAS not sure (3.25 ish on OTCAS?) Pre-Req GPA: 3.3-3.6 (depending on...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Observation hours vs Experience

    I currently have around 60 shadowing hours with multiple therapists in different settings and I am wondering if I am even competitive for admissions? I have many hours working with special needs children at summer camps, tutoring, etc. and for some schools these count as observation hours and...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS GRE CODE Question

    Does anyone know the GRE code to send scores to Nova Southeastern Ft. Lauderdale on OTCAS. It is not listed on their website.
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    Program-Specific Info / Q's SJSU 2018-2019 Cycle Applicants

    Hi all! I'm applying to SJSU and would like to connect with others also in the process of doing so. Post questions and comments here. Here's my first question: When can we actually submit the OTCAS application? I know it takes some time to review. I know everyone talks about the October 1st...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS Questions

    Hi all! As I have been working on my OTCAS application, I have a few questions regarding different sections. 1) What section do I put honor society involvement under? Should I put it under the "Honors" section or "Experiences"? I was the chair of undergraduate relations and secretary for a...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Letters of recommendation advice. About to leave job.

    Hi everyone, I am about to leave my job to focus on my prerequisites for OT school. My superior is someone I wanted to ask a LOR from. I have already mentioned it in passing last year. I won't be applying for OT school or a while (perhaps another year/cycle) since it will take some time for me...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS Schools

    While looking through OTCAS for my schools that I am applying to, some of the schools that I want to apply to are missing. These schools include Stony Brook and Nova (Tampa). Both of these schools state that they are on OTCAS and I am confused why their application is not up? Anyone know...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Am I gonna get into OT school??

    University: University of Tampa (going into senior year) Major: Allied Health Overall GPA: 3.35 - might be slightly lower on OTCAS not sure (3.25 ish on OTCAS?) Pre-Req GPA: 3.3-3.6 (depending on school) Last 60 Credit Hours so far GPA: 3.51 GRE: Q:153 V:143 :( AW: 4.0 Extra-Curric: President...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Help with Personal Statement

    Hello all, I am looking to submit my personal statement within the next few days. I was wondering how long everyones personal statement was. Mine was a little over 3 pages. I was also wondering if anyone wrote about reasonings for low gpas at any point in their academic career. I stayed away...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Personal Statement Review

    Hi Guys! I have finally made a draft for my statement that I don't absolutely despise, but it still needs work. It's definitely too long (about 4 pages double spaced) Anyways, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone would be willing to review it for me. I am hoping to submit it by this Friday...
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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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    Program-Specific Info / Q's USC / Regular Decision Deadline Changed to 11/30

    Hi, As you probably know, USC got rid of their early decision deadline. They now only have regular decision which is due November 30. Does anyone know if this means we get our acceptance letters later than before, or if we can still expect them by January/February?
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Personal Statement/Evaluations/transcript entry

    Hey there guys! This is the first year I am applying through OTCAS. I am wondering if anyone has any comments about the format/length for the personal statement? Also, if our school asks for letters of recommendation, then the evaluations under the supplemental portion of the application is...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS TX MOT Prospects.

    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to create a fresh thread for anyone currently applying to MOT programs here in TX. I've also been looking into some out of state programs as well. I've already submitted to UTMB, UTHSC, UTEP, and TTHSC. I'm also thinking UT Rio Grande, if anyone knows about that...
  30. W

    Program-Specific Info / Q's SJSU Cal State Apply

    Has anyone started filling out the Cal State Apply application for SJSU's OT Program? Is it me, or is it essentially a second OTCAS application? Should I just copy and paste my extra curriculars and accomplishments so that they match my OTCAS application?
  31. FaithfullyAriana

    General Admissions & OTCAS Evaluator Needs to Edit Submitted Evaluation

    Hey everyone! This is my first post here, as I have always been a lurker and have gotten some great information, and now I need advice for myself.... Long story short, I had no idea that the OTCAS application was a "one-size fits all" for all programs you're applying to. In hindsight, I know...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS GPA Problem!

    So, my transcripts were verified today (yippee!) but there was a small issue with my GPA. The OTCAS overall GPA was the same as my GPA as calculated by my university BUT I did not know they also break down the GPA by subject matter! My overall gpa is a 3.85 and the subject GPAs range from...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS How long does it take OTCAS to receive your transcripts?

    I submitted 4 transcripts to OTCAS. Three of my schools sent the transcripts on 9/8/17, and they were confirmed/received by OCTAS on 9/15. However, I sent one of my transcripts before the other three (on 9/7/17) and OTCAS has not confirmed it. It's 9/20 right now. Is it too early to be...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS How do I find what Prereqs to take

    Hello OT community, My SO is very interested in becoming an OT. I'm applying to PT school and I know we have PTCAS where you can easily reference the prerequisite courses and average accepted GPAs for most schools. Is there a similar link for OT prereqs and GPAs? If not, what do most of them...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Application Strength ? With Poll!

    Just curious to see how many schools you all have applied to! I applied to both doctorate and masters (had aid in paying for application fees). Total cost after transcripts, GRE scores, and application fees was about $1,050.
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    General Admissions & OTCAS LOR process

    Hello, could someone help me out with this. So my first schools Im applying, OTCAS doesn't open until July. When asking for LOR from OTs and Profs, how do I ask them to submit/what to do with it when they are done? Do they have to wait until July to submit, therefore should I be asking them...
  37. therapist2be

    General Admissions & OTCAS Applying with observation hours in-progress

    So far I have 23 hours and I have some hours coming up from about three different places. I will probably end up with somewhere between 80-100 hours. I called OTCAS and they said I can put hours in progress but won't be able to update that they are complete after I submit my apps. They said to...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS help regarding official transcipt request

    Hello everyone, So I took two classes in the summer at a university in my home town in 2012 and had already transferred the credits to the university I got my bachelors degree in. It shows the credits and grades transferred on my unofficial/official transcript. I'm currently finding a lot of...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS OTCAS GPA with retake courses?

    Hey, everyone! I always wondered how the OTCAS GPA is calculated with retake courses. So, at my university, I retook two courses; first I got C's in them then I got A's. My university does not count the C's into my GPA since I retook the courses. Next to the first attempt of the course on my...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Transcript Nightmare

    I submitted my application last week for the July school-deadlines, but OTCAS undelivered my application because I need to send one more transcript. That transcript was needed because I didn't realize that I took university courses in high school. The good news is that it's on its way and will...