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  • Hello,

    I guess I have the same question as everyone else what’s my chance of getting in? I am living in a small city right now with my husband and son and we will have to relocate to where I get accepted (If I do) I applied to Midwestern and Touro University. I have my BA from ASU in Special Education and have been teaching in the SPED classroom for the past two years. I have been volunteering at my school district at the preschool and in the classroom with one-on-one settings. I have an ok GPA but like most people didn’t do so good my first few years and then once I got the hang of it I did really well. I am taking my 2 last classes that I need for my prerequisites (A&P 2 and abnormal psy). I didn’t take the GRE's and really don’t want to. What are the chances of me getting accepted and does anyone have an idea of what both schools are like? Thanks for any help that I can get!!!!!

     

  • I think a lot (if not all) OT schools require the GRE.  I think it will be helpful if you take a practice GRE test just to see how much work (if any) you have to do to boost up your score.  Personally, my undergrad GRE was around 3 and managed to get into USC with a decent GRE score (though the fact I aced the math portion really helped).  Of course, if you need Math help, I would be glad to help you, since I came to OT school with a Statistics background.

  • Hi Jessica,

    What great questions. While I cannot comment as to specific schools, perhaps I can help quell some of your fears.  Each school is different in terms of competitiveness, the emphasis of their curriculum, and what they are looking for in a student. In general, getting into OT school is a competitive venture, but some areas more so than others depending on the number of schools in the area and the opportunities for employment in the area.

    I do think that most schools do a really good job of looking at their applicants holistically (after all that is what they train us to do in their schools), so it is unlikely one area of your application will make or break you. Many schools really like it when their applicants have experiences working with people with disabilities, so I am sure your experiences will be a strength and you can elaborate about those in your essay/ personal statements.  In terms of the GRE, every school is different. When I applied just a couple of years ago, most of the schools required a GRE score, but not all. So you have look at the schools you are applying to and see what they want. They are not looking for you to be a rocket scientist, but they just want to know that you are capable of performing at the graduate level. 

     

    In terms of what the schools are like, I bet you can ask the admissions coordinator to get you in contact with a current student so you can pick their brain, or perhaps go on a tour if you are able to travel to each school.

    Also, each month AOTA hosts a  prospective student chat where current students, educators, and practitioners discuss everything about getting into OT programs, student life, and the job market. You should join. The next chat is Thursday January 20th from 7-8 EST at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/29843

     

    Hope to see you there. Good luck with the process.

     

    Jaclyn

  • Hi Jaclyn,
    I wanted to email you because you made me feel way better last time. I have one last question, my application on OTCAS was just finished and I found out that my GPA was a 2.74 and to get in they say you need a 2.75 at the school i was looking into attending. I do still have two classes and I receive anything above a C I will have a 2.75 or higher but I wont be done with those classes till May. Also in my essay I explain why my GPA is a bit lower then normal (my sister and dad passed away one in my freshman year and the other in my Jr year.) Therefore I had to retake and drop some classes. I'm hoping they don't just look at the GPA and count me out. I was planning on calling both the schools on Monday to ask them If they would still even look at my application to see that I am trying and that I do have good experience and reason for why something's turned out the way they did. I just wanted to see if you think they would and do I even have a slight shot?!?
    Thanks
    Jessica

    From: bounce-jtarloff@aota.org
    To: stellojess@hotmail.com
    Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:44:00 -0500
    Subject: Re: [general] OT Grad Schools & Getting In

    Hi Jessica,
    What great questions. While I cannot comment as to specific schools, perhaps I can help quell some of your fears.  Each school is different in terms of competitiveness, the emphasis of their curriculum, and what they are looking for in a student. In general, getting into OT school is a competitive venture, but some areas more so than others depending on the number of schools in the area and the opportunities for employment in the area.
    I do think that most schools do a really good job of looking at their applicants holistically (after all that is what they train us to do in their schools), so it is unlikely one area of your application will make or break you. Many schools really like it when their applicants have experiences working with people with disabilities, so I am sure your experiences will be a strength and you can elaborate about those in your essay/ personal statements.  In terms of the GRE, every school is different. When I applied just a couple of years ago, most of the schools required a GRE score, but not all. So you have look at the schools you are applying to and see what they want. They are not looking for you to be a rocket scientist, but they just want to know that you are capable of performing at the graduate level. 
     
    In terms of what the schools are like, I bet you can ask the admissions coordinator to get you in contact with a current student so you can pick their brain, or perhaps go on a tour if you are able to travel to each school.
    Also, each month AOTA hosts a  prospective student chat where current students, educators, and practitioners discuss everything about getting into OT programs, student life, and the job market. You should join. The next chat is Thursday January 20th from 7-8 EST at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/29843
     
    Hope to see you there. Good luck with the process.
     
    Jaclyn

    From: Jessica <bounce-jessica27@aota.org>
    Sent: 1/8/2011 12:01:09 AM

    Hello,
    I guess I have the same question as everyone else what’s my chance of getting in? I am living in a small city right now with my husband and son and we will have to relocate to where I get accepted (If I do) I applied to Midwestern and Touro University. I have my BA from ASU in Special Education and have been teaching in the SPED classroom for the past two years. I have been volunteering at my school district at the preschool and in the classroom with one-on-one settings. I have an ok GPA but like most people didn’t do so good my first few years and then once I got the hang of it I did really well. I am taking my 2 last classes that I need for my prerequisites (A&P 2 and abnormal psy). I didn’t take the GRE's and really don’t want to. What are the chances of me getting accepted and does anyone have an idea of what both schools are like? Thanks for any help that I can get!!!!!
     



  • Jessica-

    I am in charge of admissions for the OT MS program at UIC. In our case, we only look at the last 60 hours of  your undergraduate degree, so that would be helpful to someone like you who has a rough start. There should be an email for the two programs you are applying to so you can ask them how they calculate GPA. The other relevant rule is that courses taken after the bachelor's degree do not affect the undergraduate GPA at our school. It is the last 60 hours earned for the degree, including the entire semester where the 60th hour falls. We also do a prerequisite GPA for our 6 prereqs. But each school does things differently.

    It is very competitive to get into OT school, but not impossible! We had 360 applicants this year. Crazy. But we look at each one carefully and your work and volunteer experience will be a big plus. I hope it works out for you. Gail Fisher

  • Gail, 
    That does help me out ALOT I received almost strata A's during my last 60 hours (for my degree in sped)! I applied to Midwestern University and Touro University (the one I hope I get into due to how close it is to my home) for me the classes I have taken after my bachelors degree have been better than the one to get my BA. I think I never really got the studying thing till last min. Anyways thank you so much, and if you know anything about those two school please let me know. Thank you again for taking the time to respond.
    Jessica  

    From: bounce-gfisher@aota.org
    To: stellojess@hotmail.com
    Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 14:03:40 -0500
    Subject: RE: [general] OT Grad Schools & Getting In

    Jessica-
    I am in charge of admissions for the OT MS program at UIC. In our case, we only look at the last 60 hours of  your undergraduate degree, so that would be helpful to someone like you who has a rough start. There should be an email for the two programs you are applying to so you can ask them how they calculate GPA. The other relevant rule is that courses taken after the bachelor's degree do not affect the undergraduate GPA at our school. It is the last 60 hours earned for the degree, including the entire semester where the 60th hour falls. We also do a prerequisite GPA for our 6 prereqs. But each school does things differently.
    It is very competitive to get into OT school, but not impossible! We had 360 applicants this year. Crazy. But we look at each one carefully and your work and volunteer experience will be a big plus. I hope it works out for you. Gail Fisher

    From: Jessica <bounce-jessica27@aota.org>
    Sent: 2/12/2011 12:08:50 PM

    Hi Jaclyn,
    I wanted to email you because you made me feel way better last time. I have one last question, my application on OTCAS was just finished and I found out that my GPA was a 2.74 and to get in they say you need a 2.75 at the school i was looking into attending. I do still have two classes and I receive anything above a C I will have a 2.75 or higher but I wont be done with those classes till May. Also in my essay I explain why my GPA is a bit lower then normal (my sister and dad passed away one in my freshman year and the other in my Jr year.) Therefore I had to retake and drop some classes. I'm hoping they don't just look at the GPA and count me out. I was planning on calling both the schools on Monday to ask them If they would still even look at my application to see that I am trying and that I do have good experience and reason for why something's turned out the way they did. I just wanted to see if you think they would and do I even have a slight shot?!?
    Thanks
    Jessica

    From: bounce-jtarloff@aota.org
    To: stellojess@hotmail.com
    Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:44:00 -0500
    Subject: Re: [general] OT Grad Schools & Getting In

    Hi Jessica,
    What great questions. While I cannot comment as to specific schools, perhaps I can help quell some of your fears.  Each school is different in terms of competitiveness, the emphasis of their curriculum, and what they are looking for in a student. In general, getting into OT school is a competitive venture, but some areas more so than others depending on the number of schools in the area and the opportunities for employment in the area.
    I do think that most schools do a really good job of looking at their applicants holistically (after all that is what they train us to do in their schools), so it is unlikely one area of your application will make or break you. Many schools really like it when their applicants have experiences working with people with disabilities, so I am sure your experiences will be a strength and you can elaborate about those in your essay/ personal statements.  In terms of the GRE, every school is different. When I applied just a couple of years ago, most of the schools required a GRE score, but not all. So you have look at the schools you are applying to and see what they want. They are not looking for you to be a rocket scientist, but they just want to know that you are capable of performing at the graduate level. 
     
    In terms of what the schools are like, I bet you can ask the admissions coordinator to get you in contact with a current student so you can pick their brain, or perhaps go on a tour if you are able to travel to each school.
    Also, each month AOTA hosts a  prospective student chat where current students, educators, and practitioners discuss everything about getting into OT programs, student life, and the job market. You should join. The next chat is Thursday January 20th from 7-8 EST at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/29843
     
    Hope to see you there. Good luck with the process.
     
    Jaclyn

    From: Jessica <bounce-jessica27@aota.org>
    Sent: 1/8/2011 12:01:09 AM

    Hello,
    I guess I have the same question as everyone else what’s my chance of getting in? I am living in a small city right now with my husband and son and we will have to relocate to where I get accepted (If I do) I applied to Midwestern and Touro University. I have my BA from ASU in Special Education and have been teaching in the SPED classroom for the past two years. I have been volunteering at my school district at the preschool and in the classroom with one-on-one settings. I have an ok GPA but like most people didn’t do so good my first few years and then once I got the hang of it I did really well. I am taking my 2 last classes that I need for my prerequisites (A&P 2 and abnormal psy). I didn’t take the GRE's and really don’t want to. What are the chances of me getting accepted and does anyone have an idea of what both schools are like? Thanks for any help that I can get!!!!!