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  1. When I talked to the Western compressed nursing program coordinator last year she was expecting them to also implement the Casper as their grade requirements were getting crazy high. SHe cited Trent's as an example saying that after the implemented the Casper the percentage cut off dropped by like over 5-7% or something (from like 90%+ University average to 81-84%). When the OT coordinator at Western hinted at changes coming this year I assumed it would probably be the Casper. I believe that it will indeed drop the GPA a little bit When I have talked to practitioners in the field (OT's specifically), they have complained that the schools need to look beyond grades (Specifically Western who is only GPA based) but also at our "soft" skills and people skills too! So I hope the GPA may drop a little bit at least! It did with Trent's compressed time frame nursing program. It may not be as dramatic as the drop at Trent but I suspect it will drop at least a little bit. But i also feel like alot of people applying to grad school for OT/PT do have those skills so maybe it wont!
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    CASPer Exam

    Hey I private messaged you about this but I thought maybe it would be useful for everyone wondering this as well if I posted here as well! I was at Western OT/ PT preview day and when the date of January 20th was mentioned as the last day to write the Casper they didn't seem to take any issue with it. So I would assume that they take this into account when setting the deadlines for students with the Casper center/ testing company. If you click on the schools that you want it will give you a list of dates. In reality, the Casper runs into January but when you click on "Western OT" it shows only up until the 20th. Therefore I think Western has set that as the last date and has that arranged with the Casper team! I can always call and ask the admissions coordinator Andrea though
  3. Hey there! I went on exchange to Australia in Winter Term 2016 and I am also planning on applying. Western had told me that IF they fall into my last two years I would have to include a WES evaluation and send them that AND the transcripts. Found here: https://www.wes.org/ca/ I know Australia (at least Griffith) has an express Transcript service that only takes a week but costs about $50 on top of the transcript fee. I am unsure as to how that will work though, as after exams they need time to mark, make grades official etc. But then again Australia's school system is a little different. Like I remember that my schooling didn't start until February as our winter is their "summer" so maybe they have a longer break before Christmas?. It took me a lot to find how they will translate the grades if they use them and I am still pretty unsure as to how it will work. But I am pretty sure that a 7 (highest in Australia) is a 4.0 here and a 6 is a 3.3. I would honestly contact both the school that you want to apply to for PT AND also your home university/ exchange school. WES evaluations may take awhile on top of all of that. If you have any questions about Australia or any more about what I plan on doing with my exchange transcript let me know
  4. When I signed up it said the latest date to write the Casper for Western's OT admissions was January 20th just so you know. Some dates run into March for other programs but OT (at least at Western) is January 20th! Also, you don't need your ORPAS number when you sign up (it asks you) but if you want to work on your personal submission some more just choose to input your phone number into the other box
  5. Hello fellow applicants! I am very excited to be applying this year!! Applied + (PT or OT?): Western OT (1st time)Accepted:Waitlisted:Rejected:GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa; cGPA 3.78, sGPA 3.99 (i think)Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: I have worked/ volunteered in multiple settings as a Recreation Therapy student in mental health, geriatrics, accessibility planning, community Alzheimer's programs, and community inclusion initiatives. I have also worked underneath both OTs and PTs in a clinical hospital setting for rehab after strokes/ car accidents, mental health, and home care. I have also volunteered as a fitness instructor for clients battling illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, as a camp instructor in expressive arts camps for children with disabilities and abroad doing healthcare education/ promotion in rural villages. Western doesn't ask for references but the Dean of my faculty has volunteered to be my reference if needed. The Western OT program also has the CASPER test this year which I am nervous about but it should go well! Looking forward to professional program preview day at Western this weekend. I am so excited that it is finally time to apply! I have been debating between OT and Nursing since high school!! Good luck everyone
  6. I am applying for this year but when I contacted Western last year they expected it to land somewhere above 3.7. I think they started sending out acceptances at 3.77. But this year they have implemented the Casper test so I assume the GPA may drop a little bit! It is weighted as 30% Casper, 70% GPA this year which is new!
  7. Good Morning everyone! I am a 4th-year student who has been hoping to apply to Western's Occupational Therapy program. It is my dream profession truly! I have always been under the impression that the job market is quite strong especially because I have a strong interest in working with Older Adults and in mental health. I am almost finished my degree in Recreation Therapy and I double minored in Psychology & Gerontology with a GPA of around 3.981-3.985 depending on my last few fall courses. I am debating on whether to apply to OT for 2019 or to wait a year and work. I have tons of experience working as an RT Student (required placements, co-ops and volunteering in different settings) which also gave me the chance to shadow and work alongside both PTs and OTs. The problem I am seeming to face now is that grad school is expensive and I am unsure as to whether I want to take out a line of credit or to wait a year and to save up some more. I have read here before that if you get accepted that you should take it as it may not happen again. But I am worried about finding a job after graduation. How is the job market? How are new grads faring in the market? I have been looking at job postings but most ask for a lot of experience or are part-time. I would work anywhere if needed of course (including Tim Hortons, restaurants etc.) but I am just trying to gauge my options. My preferred areas are London, Waterloo- Region/ Kitchener and the rural regions surrounding these areas. With that being said, does anyone have a part-time job during school? I think that the placements would make that hard right? I worked almost full-time during undergrad (different I know) but I feel like even 10 hours a week would at least help to cover some living expenses. Thank you for any input that you have!
  8. Guys do you know how they decide whether or not to take a term's courses, the tern's average (ex: spring courses) or a full year's course average? If your last 20 is taken up by 5 (half credit) courses that add up into the FULL 20, will they take the averages of your fall/ winter in replacement of the spring instead of just taking the spring? I am getting confusing information regarding what exactly they are taking. Thanks Guys
  9. Also wondering something similar I called ORPAS and they are supposed to be helping me out a little with giving me an 'estimation" of what they would be taking. I will let you know when they reply
  10. Good Evening Everyone!! Happy Holidays! I am just wondering how ORPAS calculates your sGPA depending on terms (spring, winter, fall... the full year..?). I was calculating my sGPA wrong for Occupational Therapy applications. I am not applying next year but will be applying for 2019 entry. I am confused about which grades they will take. I plan on taking alot of courses through Athabasca as my grade in BIOL 235 was NOT good (67%/ 2.3) as i was taking care of some family health issues and it happened to fall almost directly in the middle of my 20 credits. I have looked through the forums and i am still a little confused about how they decide whether to take the course grade, the individual term average (ex: average of spring) or the whole year average (average of fall, winter, spring of year "X"). I know it is a very confusing path as i was on exchange, did courses at AU, was on co-op in the first few years (Winter 2015) and took a personal break to care for a family member. I appreciate anyone's input! I was very discouraged and almost gave up but decided that i wanted to try as hard as i can to get in because i will always wonder "what if i had tried harder" if not. With the BIOL 235 my average is above 3.7 but way too close for comfort for me. All of my other grades are 3.7-4.0 but the way that the calculation happens drops it into a 3.74 or so. Therefore i wanted to try to upgrade my sGPA as i have to wait to apply until next year anyways because my degree won't be completed by June 2018 due to my practicum. Anyways i am just wondering.... 1. What courses would they be calculating for the 20? I was planning on taking enough that it knocks out that BIOL 235 completely as it is worth 1.0. Would they still be taking that even though i have 20 in full semesters counting back to the S17 semester ? I had taken a leave of absence (not documented, just didn't take courses) fall/ winter of the Fall 2016/ Winter 2017 semester except for BIOL 235 which started in May 2016. 2. I started BIOL 235 in May 2016 and the Contract ended in May 2017. Would it count as Spring 2016 or Spring 2017? 3. Do Grad Universities care if you took Athabasca courses and therefore take other courses from before? Are there any courses that they WONT take? 4. Do the Grad universities care about course levels (ex: 100, 200 not taken over 300 level?) Notes: The red font courses were taken on exchange and BIOL 235 was taken at Athabasca (all passed, but exchange courses just say "pass" on my University Transcript). The other courses down below are what i have planned. I am doing my final internship of 560 hours at my school in Fall 2018 but it won't count towards my marks as it is a practicum. Thanks guys!!
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