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  1. Hello! Current Queen's PT student here! Things I love about Queen's PT - Kingston is stunning and campus is so close to the water, our class of 67 is super tight-knit (though I'm sure most programs are), and I'm not sure about other schools but I really like how our curriculum is laid out/the teaching style at Queen's. Our first semester is very MSK-based and then we have a placement earlier than most if not all of the other programs, which I found really consolidates your first semester learning before diving into CR/neuro/geriatrics/paeds. We also have a nice mixture of mostly lectures and labs, with some group/case-based learning which I personally enjoy (I wouldn't like much more group work than we have tbh) Things that are meh about Queen's PT - We have a MASSIVE catchment area that honestly spans like 2.5 hours in most directions from Kingston, so you could very likely end up with a few placements out of Kingston. But that being said, many classmates have ended up in their hometowns which is great, while others have had to pay double rent during placement. Please do not hesitate to reach out via DM if you have any more questions!!
  2. Western implemented the CASPer last year. The GPA cut-off still went up, but I was accepted with a GPA almost an entire 0.1 below the cut-off!
  3. The subGPA cut-off this year was a 3.73, last year it was a 3.70, the year before a 3.68 I believe. If you are able to - definitely apply, I got in this past cycle with a 3.73.
  4. Google practice CASPer questions (there's lots of them out there!) and actually time yourself for 5 minutes, typing your answers out! It will give you a much better sense of how long 5 minutes really is, work on getting to your point across quickly and efficiently, and help your typing skills
  5. Hello everyone! I know that the ORPAS applications just opened recently and it's a very stressful next few months! Do not be afraid to reach out to others on this forum, individuals you may know in 1st/2nd year, or graduates for advice on essays, CASPer, interviews etc.! We all want one another to succeed. Also, if you haven't already, check out the Canadian Physiotherapy Student on Instagram/YouTube.. he has some great pointers/insight when it comes to applications!
  6. Depending on how much you need to improve your GPA an entire undergrad may not be necessary - Athabasca offers plenty of online courses if you only need to raise your GPA a few 0.01s! I took four courses and improved my subGPA by 0.05 to meet cut offs!
  7. People can be accepted off the waitlist right up until the first week or two of classes I believe!
  8. It takes both into account! Basically if I'm waitlisted at position #1 and someone who was accepted declines their offer, I get a call offering a position (and I think you only have like 24-48 hours to accept, I could be wrong), but say I was accepted to a different school and accept that offer instead, the waitlist will keep on moving!
  9. I could be wrong but I believe the waitlist went 20 spots last year and 28ish the year before!
  10. If Queen's is your dream school, you can certainly cater your next year to make your application strong, specifically to Queen's. It would appear the subGPA cut-off this year was a 3.73, last year it was a 3.70, the year before a 3.68 I believe. With this in mind, you may want to ensure you have a subGPA of at least 3.75 or .76 to be safe for next year. As long as you make the cut-off, however, Queen's definitely weighs your essays higher than your GPA (I was accepted to Queen's PT this year with a 3.73 subGPA). I made sure I had a variety of experience working in PT (MSK, neuro, long-term care), some research experience, as well as some non-PT experience (recreation dept in LTC, coaching a sports team, and volunteering to play golf with a blind man). They want to see that you're passionate and knowledgable about the profession, as well as have a variety of interests and experiences! Queen's doesn't interview or require a CASPer, but if you're open to other schools, I was accepted to both Western and McGill for OT and PT with a low-ish GPA, so I think my CASPer went well - it's manageable if you prepare well for it! Feel free to PM me if you have anymore questions
  11. No clue about Mac but last year Queen's moved around 20 spots, the year before around 28 spots I believe!
  12. Applied + (PT or OT?): McGill, McMaster, Western and Queens (OT + PT)Accepted: McGill OT + PT, Queens OT + PT, and Western OT + PTWaitlisted: Rejected: McMaster OT + PTGPA: cGPA 3.44 (3.54 @ McGill) subGPA 3.73Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: My Queen's essays were strong - 600 hours of PTA/OTA experience in a TBI clinic, 600 hours of PTA experience in a private MSK clinic, 60 hours of PTA experience in LTC, 200 hours of research assistant experience, working with older adults with dementia, 1200 hours of recreation department volunteer experience in a LTC facility, and a season working as head coach of a high school girl's rugby team. I'm assuming my CASPer score was strong, given my acceptances at McGill and Western with a lower GPA. I practiced for the CASPer by finding every possible practice question online, and giving myself 5 minutes to actually type the answers, which really helped with my time management. I will be accepting my offer to Queen's PT, so wishing those on McGill, Western and Queen's OT waitlists good luck! Hopefully you hear good news soon. As for future applicants - don't let a GPA in the 3.7s put you down!
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