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Occupational therapy grad school

I am hoping to get into OT grad school. If I am only looking to major in psych and minor in health sciences, instead of honors specializing in psychology. Will this set me apart from other applicants?

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july20 OT gradschool

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Chloe’s Answer

Hi there! I know that this question was posted several months ago but I thought I would still reply. I graduated from a 5-year MSOT program last year and I worked closely with our grad program. For my University, you could have almost any undergraduate degree, but had to have the following:
Evidence of completion of the following course work with a grade of “C” or higher:
A minimum of six (6) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of human anatomy and physiology with a lab component.
A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to sociology or anthropology.
A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to psychology.
A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of lifespan development or developmental psychology.
A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of abnormal psychology.
A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of statistics
So you will want to check online for each program you are applying to or reach out to graduate admissions. Depending on your school's program you may or may not hit all these requirements. A minor would set you apart if you used it as a motivator. For example, you have a minor in psychology because you want to work in the mental health setting. You also completed your OT shadowing hours in the mental health setting.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you need anything!

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post. Really appreciate it! Chloe T.

I was wondering how did you get your hours volunteering/shadowng under the mental health setting? Chloe T.

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Answering: I was wondering how did you get your hours volunteering/shadowng under the mental health setting?
I would make a chart with all the schools you are looking at. Check how many hours you need and if there are any exclusions. For example if you are getting paid then you can’t count the hours. When I was shadowing I called several places and asked to shadow. I also started volunteering with my local hospital but exclusively in settings where I could be close to therapy services. I mostly was in outpatient settings. Now with Covid it will be extremely hard to get hours. So if you are applying soon I would reach out to grad admin to see if they are flexible with hours. Also remember that all settings are great and it’s all about experiencing different settings within OT.
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Bryant’s Answer

Look at the schools also seeing the current students and alumnus of the school gain a better perspective. I would recommend reaching out to the school head person of the program as well as the career services as they should give more information.

Thank you so much Bryant! Chloe T.

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