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General Admissions & OTCAS How about a unified 2018/2019 cycle "what are my chances"/"what can I do to improve?" thread?

Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by OTconvert, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. danidoodle

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    My story is very similar to yours! I started out as a Health Sciences major, but due to personal and family circumstances transferred universities and changed my major to Business Management. There was much more of an emphasis on work experience and extracurricular activities in the business program, so I have some awesome work experience but graduated with a 3.5 GPA.
    I have had multiple advisors at my school tell me that the Business major will really stand out and help set me apart from other applicants. They felt strongly that the business degree will be an asset to have in addition to an OT degree, and having work experience dealing with health insurance will bring a different perspective to whatever university I go to.
    One advisor even told me that the schools won't care as much what my cumulative GPA was, because they won't really care what my grades were in business classes. They will be much more interested in performance in pre-req classes.
    I was definitely nervous about applying to OT programs at first, but my advisors were very encouraging, and I have been trying to gain as much healthcare experience as possible before applying!
     
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  3. danidoodle

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    Hi everyone!
    I just graduated with a degree in Business Management in December 2017 and have been working part time and taking pre-req classes part time ever since. I am currently narrowing down which schools I want to apply to. I wish my overall GPA was a little bit higher but I have been determined to keep my pre-req GPA as high as possible to show I am capable of doing well in related courses.

    Stats:
    University: University of Central Florida
    Major: Business Management
    Overall GPA: 3.54 (still have a few more pre-reqs)
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.8 - 4.0
    Last 60 hrs: 3.67
    GRE: 162V, 162Q, 5.0 AW


    Work experience: campus sports arena, summer sports retail job, personal injury law firm - worked on insurance/med records (1.5 years), ABA school sub 18 hrs/week (4 months so far)

    Observation/Volunteer: 46.5 hours hand therapy so far between 2 locations, currently setting up hospital outpatient pediatric volunteering for 6 months, and would like to get 20 hours SNF. I have also been able to see OTs work in the classrooms I teach in, and will mention this on the application even though they aren't observation hours.

    Extra-Curric:
    - Member of a campus ministry (4 years)
    - Campus ministry leadership team (2 years), events team leader (1 semester)
    - Volunteer service team member (1.5 years), team leader (6 months)
    - Weekly church youth group leader (7 months)
    - Sorority member (1 year)
    - IRHA freshman leadership week
    - Volunteered at assisted living center in OT department for ~20 hours freshman year
    - Volunteer in an outpatient PT facility in high school

    Applying: UF, UNC, Nova SE, FGCU
    Looking for 3 more to apply to: choosing from Virginia Commonwealth, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UIC, Mizzou, Boston Univ., WUSTL, University of Cincinnati, UAB


    I was in a car accident my sophomore year and had to move home for a semester to go recover from a back injury. It was while I spent a lot of time in PT and doctors' offices each week that semester that I realized I absolutely wanted to work in healthcare. This was a tough experience to go through in college, but I really think it made me a better person because it helped me understand what people in rehabilitation are going through and gave me a passion for working in the field.

    Asking for references is definitely the most nerve-wracking part of this application process for me! Should I be applying to more safety schools? I was happy with my GRE scores, but am a little nervous that my overall GPA is lower than some schools' averages.
     
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  4. AnnMac

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    Hello everyone! I am a biology major with a psychology minor
    Here are my stats:
    Overall GPA: 3.5
    Science GPA: 3.338
    Pre req GPA: about 3.5 (depends on the school)
    I have yet to take the GRE but planning on it and I am not taking physics which limits me.

    I'll be applying for this upcoming cycle and I have work experience as a store manager for 5 years, working community habilitation/respite with autistic children for a year and working with an individual who has BVVL syndrome. I also was an EMT-B for a year too. I'm aiming to have my application submitted in late August which by then I will have about 120 observation hours in 3 different settings.

    I am nervous about applying because I feel like in comparison to see the people I've seen accepted into the schools I would ideally like to attend SUNY Downstate, Hofstra and NYIT are reach schools for me due to my low science GPA. I am from NY so I am opened to staying anywhere in the tri-state area.
     
  5. mayosauce

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    Hi there! I graduated a with 2.5 GPA in 2014 and I got accepted last week after applying for the second time :) I spent the past 4 years taking/re-taking pre-reqs and courses that were relevant to OT. My post-bac GPA is about 3.5 and pre-req 3.4-3.7. I observed in five different OT settings and volunteer as a research assistant for an OT professor.

    This is my advice to you.
    - retake the GRE because having a high verbal/overall score can balance out a low GPA
    - apply to programs that look at your last 45-60 units (such as Pacific University, SUNY Downstate, San Jose State, St. Augustine, Dominican University)
    - contact the programs, let them know about your circumstances, and see what advice they have for you
    - write a strong and detailed personal statement
    - make sure recommenders are from someone that knows you well and can advocate for you
    - obtain more hours in different settings, try research volunteer if you live by an OT program

    I never thought I would get into OT school because my chances were slim. It was discouraging at times, but I choose to keep trying. I got in and I believe you can too! :)
     
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  6. Used2bSLP

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    This is such a great idea! I just found this forum and I have started to freak out a little after reading everyone’s great stats! I’m also on the fence if I should go to grad school or if I should just go through an OTA program! So please HELP if you have any thoughts!

    Major: Comminication Sciences & Disorders with a concentration in Language, Speech, and Hearing. (Undergrad for SLP’s and Audiologists) Minor: ASL
    Cumulative GPA: 3.2
    Major GPA: 3.7
    GRE: V:149 Q:147 (only took once)
    Volunteering/Observation: (need to work on OT hours)
    200+ Hospital (runner/floater)
    100+ hours working with kids with special needs, deaf or HOH.
    30 hours of in clinic of SLP and Audiology shadowing

    Experience: Preschool Teacher for ages 10 months- 5 yrs of age (1 1/2 years)
    Teacher for underprivileged youth camp for one summer for ages 5-13

    I am starting to lean towards the OTA program because I am moving to Las Vegas and there is only ONE school that offers a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy and it is the doctoral program. Sooo putting all of my eggs in one basket with not so great of stats is a little intimidating to me. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you so much!
     
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  7. OTD4me

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    Hey everyone! I just found this forum as well and wanted to get some more opinions and advice on my stats. I still have one more year left to bring the GPAs up a little, which I expect I will do. And I will be taking GRE again.
    Major: Kinesiology Minor: psychology
    OTCAS GPA: 3.73
    Current university GPA: 3.95
    Current Prerequisite GPA: 3.88
    GRE: V: 148 Q: 152 AW: 4
    Volunteering: 25 hours in outpatient upper ext rehab, 8 hours in hand therapy, 50 hours in one inpatient, 150 hours in another inpatient, 5 hours for an OT event a local high school
    Started a sports club at my university and just came OT club president at my university
     
  8. Pupperz4lyfe

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    This is what I did. Some clinics have a daily log sheet for you to sign or you have to make one yourself. And yes you scan to the computer .
     
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  9. gOT2beOT

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    Question...does anyone worry about plagiarism as they finish their personal statement? I feel like early on in the writing process I referred to online samples and stories as example and now I am worried. Though I am probably fine but its kind of nerve wracking? I used a plagiarism checker and it says I am free of any issues but I had this weird feeling as I reread my essay, thinking back to when I used other examples as inspiration for the start of my draft.


    These pre-app cycle emotions are really getting to me hahaha.
     
  10. aleinaOT

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    Hello! This is my first app cycle and I am anxious primarily about my prereq situation. I'll be taking a good amount of courses Fall 2018 and two in Spring 2019. I am nervous this will take me out of the runnings. Does anyone have any insight into this?

    Here are my stats:
    University: Regis University
    Double Major: Biology and Sociology
    Overall GPA: 3.8
    Pre-Req GPA: will still be in progress
    GRE: 157V, 154Q, 4.0 AW
    Observation/Volunteer: 20 hours inpatient, 20 hours outpatient, looking for more peds/education based. 2 years of Americorps: 1700 hours with a Home Health/Hospice program, 1700 hours with a public radio station doing health education programming.

    I'm applying to Samuel Merritt, Pacific U, Creighton, and Puget Sound.
     
  11. gOT2beOT

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    Any thoughts on abbreviating Occupational therapy to OT in your personal statement?

    Thanks!
     
  12. HI OT

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    Hello all! So glad this thread was made...didn't want to be another person adding a thread to ask about their stats lol. I'm concerned about my low pre-req GPA. Hoping to add a few more points to my GRE score when I retake it soon.

    Major: Anthropology Minor: Psych
    GPA : 3.6
    Prereq GPA : 3.4-3.5
    GRE: 156V 145Q 4.0A
    Hours: 55 at SNF, 50 at outpatient, 40 at hospital
    Extras: Worked as a clinic coordinator at an outpatient therapy clinic for 6 months, worked as a medical assistant for a natural medicine/acupuncture clinic for 10 months, taught English for 2 years abroad

    Planning on applying to Univ of Washington, SJSU, USC, CSUDH, and Midwestern. Does anyone know what my chances are like for any of those places? Also if there are any affordable out of state programs anywhere else? I'm from Hawaii and we have 0 programs here...
     
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  13. aleinaOT

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    I've asked many different people about this and the general consensus I have gotten is that it is ok to abbreviate.
    I'm also from Hawaii, I wish there were OT programs at home!!
     
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    Hi, wow all of you are so impressive! I'm really nervous about applying but fingers crossed!
    If anyone has feedback or suggestions about my chances, I would love to hear it

    University: Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Major: Behavior and Health
    Minor: Special Education
    Overall GPA: 3.67
    Pre-Req GPA: not sure yet, in progress with a couple
    GRE: Verbal: 165, Quant: 151, Writing: 4.0

    My letters of recommendation will come from 1 professor/advisor, 1 OT I observed/assisted, and 1 employer (from when I worked as a classroom assistant)

    Experience:
    80 hours geriatric OT observation
    7 hours assisting and observing OT at a special education school (pediatric) in London (as part of a larger internship I did at the school working in a classroom primarily)
    I've worked for the past two years (nearly 400 total hours) as a rehabilitation aide in various clinics where they do hand OT and PT (and in a couple of offices with PT only), helping patients through their exercise programs as well as cleaning equipment, answering office phones, and preparing hot packs and ice packs as needed

    I've also worked as a classroom assistant and as a camp counselor, and have volunteered at a support group for parents of children with disabilities. I'm a peer mentor for new transfers into my program at BU.
     
  15. gOT2beOT

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    Hello! Happy Summer 2019 Application Cycle eve!
    Here are my current stats!

    Undergraduate Degree: Healthcare Administration and Management
    Cum GPA: 3.27
    Last 60 GPA: 3.68
    Prereqs: In progress
    GRE: 150 V, 140 Q, 4 AWA (Retaking in Sept. hopefully)

    Observation: 10 Pediatric inpatient, 120 Pediatric outpatient (2 locations), 65 Hand therapy

    Volunteer: 20 hours OT volunteer at hospital, The Friendship Circle (ongoing), Walk for Childrens, OpenStreets, 360 hr internship for undergrad at SNF, SNF bingo + christmas party, events with American Cancer Society & just signed up for Team Friends!

    Work Experience: Direct Support Professional, Health Information Coordinator, SNF Admin Intern, Sales Associate, Admin Assistant, Home Health + Rehab Admin Intern

    LOR: 2 Professors, 1 OT (hopefully getting another soon!), 1 Coworker

    Any advice on where to improve? Going to retake the GRE but other than that Im not sure! Maybe more volunteering?
    Thanks everyone!
     
  16. gOT2beOT

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    Did you guys select more than 1 program when you started the application? Or are you supposed to do this one at a time?
     
  17. HI OT

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    You can pick as many as you would like to apply to. You can always add more later too before you complete the application if you decide you want to apply to more schools. The fee still applies though!
     
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    When there is a "Catalog Course Descriptions" document upload option in the program materials section for a school, should I assume it is for all prereqs? Do most schools require descriptions for all prereqs?
     
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    Hi there, from what I've gathered from my own obsessive research, its really important your pre-req GPA be closer to 4.0 One person who attends CSUDH stated that while other stats were all over the place, the one commonality was a 4.0 Pre-Req GPA. I would also try to rise your writing score to 4.5, but your Verbal looks good.



     
  20. MusicalOT

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    Hi! Is this for NYIT? What I did was go through my college's course catalog and copied all of the descriptions for the prereqs into a word document and then uploaded that. I applied to 5 programs and that was the only one who required that, which is interesting. I think all the schools just want to keep you on your toes!
     

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