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.
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.
From: Jessica <firstname.lastname@example.org>Sent: 1/8/2011 12:01:09 AM
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 <email@example.com>Sent: 2/12/2011 12:08:50 PM