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  1. Each school has a different number of students that they accept for the program. For Western, I'm the class of 2021 and we have 80 spots available, up from 70 spots the year prior. U of T has I believe 100-110 spots. Mac I'm not sure on how many slots there are, but I would gather it'd be around 70-80. Western may have upped the spots again for students and had very few who accepted through the first round. It's doubtful, but possible since there is room in the classrooms and needed to fill multiple spots where students didn't accept because they may have chose U of T for example, who accepts more to begin with. I was waitlisted at Western for the class of 2020 and I was somewhere between #50-100 and didn't receive a call. I don't think they even got out of the first tier of waitlist numbers, which is usually #1-25 or something to that effect. The class of 2021 has a few students who were somewhere in the #40-60 range and counted Western out because they thought there was no way they would get in, and were shocked when they received the call. Every year is different based on the applicants decisions and where they ultimately decide to go based on first choice or only choice parameters. Perhaps most to all of the applicants who were given acceptances to Mac accepted them and they only needed to get 3-4 people from the waitlist. You could always try and call them to see if they will give you any information on the waitlist movement, or if they are full up. It can be very frustrating because there is no real formula as to why some schools have multiple waitlist spots get the call and some have virtually none. Don't give up hope and reach out to Mac would be my recommendation!
  2. Western for my class (MPT 2021) required either Basic Life Support (First Aid) OR CPR-C (just CPR). I did the CPR-C because for my local class offering, half was online and then I had to attend in person from 8-12 on a Saturday, as opposed to doing a whole day or a Whole weekend worth of stuff. Western will send you the info beginning to mid July with the exact requirements. We didn’t receive our info until mid-late July, but they were delayed I believe due to administration re-structuring. Keep an eye out, it’ll be coming soon!
  3. I just finished first year in the PT program and my status is still “accepted offer”, so it won’t change, don’t worry. Once you’ve accepted the offer and got that green circle, you are good to go!
  4. Kitchener is pretty much the end point to the east. The catchment area goes as south as Windsor, as north as Owen sound, and everything in between and west. You can do a placement in the GTA, but they only have about 7 spots open for the school/year that you must let the clinical director at the school know. Basically you say yes I want to do the GTA within the first few weeks, your name goes into a hat with the rest of the students in first year who say they want the GTA and if you get your name drawn, great you get to do one placement in the GTA at some point, if you’re not drawn, uNfortunately that’s your only shot and you won’t be allowed to do a GTA placement for the entirety of the program. The reason the spots are so few and far between is because you are essentially encroaching on the U of T PT students territory and lessening their opportunity for their placements in their catchment area. It would be similar to the U of T PT students wanting to do a placement in London, they take away placements from Western students essentially. This may not even be in effect for the current year because of COVID-19 because placements are even fewer in choice than before. Hopefully that answers your question!
  5. Hey everyone! Congratulations to all who applied. Whether you have received acceptances or are wait listed or rejected, you should all be proud you took the step that you did. You’ve probably heard it 1000 times, but do not get discouraged if you weren’t accepted. Your time will come! I’m a current Western MPT student that is willing to answer any questions you may have about the program coming into the new year. I know it will look much different than what I went through this past fall, but the faculty are doing everything they can to make sure you don’t miss out on important information. I know it will be a stressful time, given COVID-19, but you will be taken care of. I just sat on a focus group this past week for what the program is going to look like for the first years coming in on a broad scale, so I have a fairly decent idea of what you can expect, since it will be entirely unique to you. Feel free to ask anything you want about the program or the school in general! I remember sitting on this forum for the last 2 years awaiting my acceptance and thinking of the 100s of questions I had before I got to Western. Hopefully I can answer some of those for you! Best of luck to those on the wait list! Our current class had their last student accept 1 week after classes start, so NEVER count yourself out!
  6. Applied + (PT or OT?): McMaster, Western (both PT)Accepted: McMasterWaitlisted: Western (lower third)Rejected:GPA: sGPA: 3.95, cGPA: 3.85 I am excited I was accepted to McMaster, but Western was my dream school to get into. I'm putting this out there on this thread to just talk about this and see if anyone has any advice, or if anyone here is currently attending the PT program at McMaster to provide some information on how the classes run, time frames, etc. I'm finding myself needing to make a difficult decision over the next few days. My wife is pregnant with our first child and I couldn't be more thrilled I get to be a father in a few months. The only downside to this, is this is affecting my decision I need to make as far as acceptance is concerned. . Original plan if everything worked out was as follows: Get accepted to Western PT, wife gives birth mid August, we find a place to rent in London or in an area around London, we move, I go to school, work and spend time with my child when I can, and wife is on maternity leave for first year so someone is always watching the baby. Decision that needs to be made: A: Do everything in original plan, but accept McMaster and move to Hamilton or an area around Hamilton. B: Stay behind one year, apply to both programs again, and try again next year, but take this year to work to put our family in a stable financial situation. Pros about accepting McMaster and moving: #1 I get to continue with my studies in becoming a PT, my dream job since the first day of my undergrad. #2 the sooner I go and complete the program, the sooner I'm able to provide the best I possibly can for my family. Cons: #1 Hamilton and its surrounding areas are expensive as far as renting is concerned. I currently rent a beautiful townhouse and sadly can't downgrade to an apartment as we have a 100+lb dog who we love with all our hearts and could never give up or re-home due to a move. #2 Wife has to be with baby all the time and has no support system in Hamilton other than myself, who will be at school and working all the time. I'm also concerned with how much time I may miss with my first child in their first year/few years of their life. Pros about staying behind one year: #1 Better financial situation for my family moving forward with the extra year of working #2 Wife and I have a support system where we live now and can ask my mom to babysit if we ever need it. Cons: #1 I have to put everything on hold for a year #2 There is no guarantee that I will get accepted to either program next year if I reapply. I have already contacted the program coordinator at McMaster to see if I could defer my acceptance for a year due to my situation, which they stated is not an option. I also cannot accept the program and then claim parental leave unless I've been in the program for a year. Any advice anyone could provide would be extremely appreciative. I didn't have a father growing up and I want to be the best father and role model my child could ever want and need. As much as the timing of baby and school is awful, my wife and I have always wanted to have a family and that part of our life is going to happen very shortly, and we are both over the moon about it. I just want to make the best decision for myself and my family at the end of the day. I know we are all different here and come from different situations, so hoping someone out there can provide some insight or someone has some experience in the program as to what class hours are like per week and things like that. Sorry for the long post everyone. Congrats to all those who have been accepted!
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