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Everything posted by PTHopeful333

  1. I went through the interview process at a UK school and ultimately decided on applying and accepting an offer for an Australian school and will be starting in the next couple of months. Feel free to send me a message. : )
  2. This is true, and definitely something to keep in mind. I'm more just curious if it is something other people would pursue if the cost wasn't so insane. My friends that are pursing PT are pretty split, some would want to stay in Canada for various reasons and some would be more than willing to go abroad if the cost wasn't so high, and would gladly choose to go abroad even if they got into a Canadian school. I think that going abroad would be such a unique experience and you can learn so much by studying in other areas, I would have a hard time saying no to going if I were to get accepted in another country. It is very interesting to see where people fall on this discussion and what other reasons they may have to not studying abroad- for example the board exams like you mentioned.
  3. I think that it is 26 months over the span of 3 years! Between the QY and the Masters you would get a summer break. I was confused when I first looked into it as well. But number of months-wise it is not that much different from other programs, its just not done consecutively. Im glad that I could be of help! Good luck with your studies next year, hopefully it won't be interrupted too much by what is going on in the world right now.
  4. I know that one of the biggest drawbacks to people going to school in places like the UK or Australia is the insane tuition prices... but I'm just curious how many people would study abroad if money wasn't an issue. I personally think it would be a really cool opportunity and the quality of the education is comparable to Canada and if I don't get in anywhere in Canada its something that I'll probably look into a little bit further. So would you go? Why or why not?
  5. Montreal is beautiful and from what I have heard the PT program there is very good. I applied to this program, have not heard back yet but this is what I have learned while researching the school. When you apply to the program from an outside university you will be required to take a "qualifying year" which is essentially the final year of undergrad for the rehab science bachelors degree students (not quite but..)- so you will be attending classes with the undergraduate students in that program. From what I can remember I believe the only pre-reqs for the program were anatomy and physiology but you'll want to double check that, but it would be beneficial to take all your other science courses + stats if you intend to apply to other PT schools, which I would recommend. Most PT schools don't take into account what your undergraduate degree is in as long as you have good grades and all the pre-reqs required for the program. I would recommend taking what ever courses that you are interested in that you feel you would be able to receive good marks in. I personally took a BSc. in kinesiology because it was pretty relevant to PT and I loved it and I found that it was way less stressful than doing a typical BSc. degree. Most schools will use a variation of essentially the last two years worth of grades or only 300/400 level courses, where as McGill looks at your GPA over all 4 years of your degree and you'll definitely want to try and maintain above 3.6/40 but preferable around 3.8/4.0 so 80-85% i think is what that is around. I too thought that the qualifying year at mcgill would mean that it would be 3 years instead of the 2 at other schools, but when I looked into it a little further I believe that is totals to 26 months while UBCs program is 23 or 24 months. (these numbers may be incorrect its just off the top of my head, but this is easy enough to find online if you look). Also, you'll want to do volunteering of some sort during your undergrad degree- things like shadowing a physio (also helps for you to know for sure if this is what you want to do), working with special populations (disabilities, seniors, etc.), working with sports teams, volunteering at a hospital, and doing research are all helpful. I would also recommend getting to know profs on a more personal level if possible, typically this is where doing research comes in handy, as for some schools you'll need references from your profs (however, as of right now McGill does not require references).
  6. Hi all, I am looking at applying to the qualifying year at McGill, I know they look at cGPA and mine is a little lower than I would like ~3.4/3.5. I am trying to decide if it would be worth it to apply. I haven't found much information on this site about what other's GPAs were that have gotten accepted. Any insight would be appreciated.
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