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Program-Specific Info / Q's Cant make a decision

Kukuechi

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I am very conflicted as to which programme to attend l was accepted into an 1) accredited MSOT and 2) yet to be accredited OTD program I am facing a hard decision and would appreciate any input on this issue. I would have wanted to get an OTD and get school kind of "done " but the dilemna is the program is not yet accredited and l would be part of the first cohort.l have mixed feelings about being the first class of a program.The MSOT is an established programme but it means l have to probably study further to do a phd /post professional qualification. About price the MSOT is about 70 000 cheaper than the OTD.
 

OThopefully183

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That is a hard choice... Personally I would choose the accredited program, unless that school has a very high chance of getting accredited. From what I heard from other OTs if the program is not accredited you won't be able to sit for the national exam. You can always do a post professional OTD, but I think it is going to be more expensive.

But ultimately I think it comes down to what direction you want to head towards and if you need an OTD to do that. For me personally, I would choose the MSOT route as I just want to be a clinician so I don't see the need to do additional schooling and being more in debt. That is just me.

I hope this helps and good luck!
 
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Skeletonia

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I had a similar dilemma but was looking at two OTD programs, one unaccredited accepting their first cohort and one accredited. The new unaccredited program was about 30% cheaper. I went with the accredited because the cost savings, while tempting, wasn't quite enough to outweigh the risks of attending unaccredited. The new program also provided very little information about, well, anything.

This happened pre-covid, but I feel even better about my decision now. I am confident in how my OTD program has been handling the crisis and online transition. I'd worry about the ability of new programs to adapt to the situation. Fieldwork in particular is something to consider. New programs in saturated areas may struggle to find placements even without covid.

If I could have found a nearby MOT program for a good price, I would also have chosen that over OTD. Money and time savings add up.
 
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