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  1. Self-directed learning is another part of the program for sure. There is the understanding that we are adult learners at this point and that we need to take ownership of our education. You are expected to be proactive about identifying your learning gaps and seeking out resources to support your learning. That being said, I have found the faculty to be incredibly supportive and they are always available to help. Also, this is where your peers become super helpful! I have found that students in the program are always open to sharing resources and information (not only within our class, but with previous and future classes as well!) You are correct, there are three broadly titled courses that actually span across most of the program. The topics changes throughout the terms, but the overarching goals/approach of the courses remain consistent throughout the program. Foundational Knowledge covers many diverse areas that aim to provide all students with a baseline understanding of anatomy, social sciences, statistics and research methods. Since the OT program doesn't have any pre-requisite courses, the FK course is there to help get everyone on a more even playing field. During the first semester, this course is divided into two 3 hour sessions/week. The first session is spent in the anatomy lab where we have the opportunity to learn on specimens and work in small groups. The second session is spent in the classroom and covers statistics, research methods, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Inquiry & Integration is where we learn about OT theories and models of practice. This is taught in a more traditional lecture format and is one 3 hour session/week. I&I is also home to the PBT component of the program. Professional Reasoning and Skills allows you to develop and learn practical skills that you will use on placement. First term is primarily focused on developing communication skills, interview strategies, and documentation abilities, but it moves into assessment and intervention as you continue through the program. It’s a really fun class that allows you to work with your peers and develop skills that you’ll need on placement. This is delivered in two 3 hour sessions/week. The Evidence-Based Practice courses replaces FK in Year 2 and this is where we further our research skills and complete the Year 2 research project. Feel free to PM me with any more specific questions that you may have!
  2. Hi there! Congrats on your acceptances! I'm a current Year 2 OT student at McMaster and have really enjoyed my experiences at Mac! You're correct, we do follow a PBL style of learning, though this mostly applies to our Problem Based Tutorials that are an integral part of each of our five academic terms. You are placed in a group with 5-6 other students as well as a tutor, who is either a community clinician or a member of faculty. Together as a group (with the tutor available for assistance), you work through a variety of case problems that align with the material that is being covered in the term. PBT groups meet 2x/week in Year 1 and 1x/week in Year 2. Every session you leave with learning goals and things you need to research and come back ready to contribute to the group. Personally, I really like this style of learning, as it allows you research areas that are of particular interest to you, but also work to fill your own gaps in knowledge depending on the case. I think having to engage that way in a small group helps me work on my communication, research and time management skills. It can be stressful at times to balance the demands of the program with the responsibilities of bringing back good research to the group, but honestly, I can't imagine having gone through OT school without PBT at this point! Also, McMaster also requires each student to complete at least one placement in mental health so that's something to keep in mind. Hope that was helpful!
  3. Hi! Courses taken through the Chang School do count. Although continuing education courses normally don't count, the Ryerson Chang courses are actually undergraduate level courses so they do count towards your ORPAS GPA. I was also confused when I took a few prior to applying on ORPAS, but rest assured, they do count! Hope that helps!
  4. Hey! What school are you going to be studying at? Programs vary in their structure..
  5. I took a few courses after I finished my undergraduate degree and I inputted them as ‘non-degree’. For me, it was at a different school than where I completed my undergrad degree, but as long as they are undergraduate level courses, they will count. Mine counted towards both my subGPA and cum GPA. I’m currently in OT. Hope that helps!
  6. Hi! I was in the same boat as you last year when I took courses through Chang, and they do count towards your sGPA! Hope that helps!
  7. Summer school courses do count, so it's up to you whether you want to do some in the summer and in the fall. Only courses completed by December 2018 will count towards 2019 admission, so it won't help you out to take courses that start in the new year.
  8. Hi OTPT2019! I will definitely take a look. Thanks for the link
  9. Hello! I accepted my offer to Mac OT and will looking for some female roommates for the fall! I know it's still early, but if you're interested, feel free to respond
  10. Hi futureOT2017! I was wondering what you think of the OT program at Mac now that you've been there for a year? I have been accepted to Western and Mac for OT and am having a hard time deciding where I want to go. I'm a little weary of PBL and was hoping you could provide a little bit of insight into that? You still have traditional lectures don't you?
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