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  1. I'm a current PT student and I'm wondering where you went to school/where you're looking for jobs? There are many opportunities if you do your research and live in a well-populated area. Exactly which changes are you referring with respect to insurance companies? Is this related to MVA, WSIB, private insurance? I'm confused as to what you mean by "a clinic operates alongside a chiropractor". Can you elaborate? As a disclaimer to readers, the reasons why some clinics fail are: 1) they don't have a proper business plan, and 2) they start a business based on faulty knowledge (or no
  2. Contact the school you want to transfer to and ask. As far as I know, you cannot transfer - you'd have to go through the application process again. I don't think they will have much sympathy for you as most students either have to move or do the commute. Trust me, if I could transfer to be closer to home, I would. I tried commuting and it just didn't work for me so I had to move. Plus, I don't think there are any advanced standing options for these programs in Ontario, and each program is structured differently. For example, U of T separates the curriculum by system (cardioresp, MSK, neuro) wh
  3. I agree with cashmere. I had a bad cGPA too...probably right around where you are and I brought it up to a 3.0 (I think that's the minimum requirement, especially with Queens...but it's been a while since I've looked into it so take it with a grain of salt). Anyways, sGPA is way more important so you have plenty of time. Just take as many bird courses as you can. As long as you have the pre-reqs, school don't really care what courses you've taken as long as your sGPA is high lol. I took mostly bird courses to boost my GPA and here I am in 2nd year at U of T. My advice is to aim for a 4.0 in al
  4. No problem, Tiger. I understand where you are coming from. Everyone will have a different view of the program. I agree that the group presentations making up a chunk (I wouldn't say half but perhaps things have changed) of the curriculum isn't entirely ideal, however I think the point is to identify clinical patterns. Don't get me wrong, I hated sitting through them! In my opinion, I'd rather have my peers giving me the basics about conditions and things that I can actually use in practice than a guest lecturer droning on about how to perform 10 different knee surgeries. Plus, that is just the
  5. Hi Tiger, I was referring to the peer facilitation sessions (second year students holding study sessions for first year students). What I meant was that you are either assigned to a specific day or you choose a specific day (I can't remember), but they are AVAILABLE 3-4 days per week. I didn't mean that students stay back a few hours 3-4 days a week - sorry for the confusion. People normally go once per week on their assigned day, but the option is there to drop in on a different day, like when an exam is coming up. Sure you can go to all the study sessions, but it would be redundant and f
  6. The only thing that is true about your statement is that it is hard to commute. I'm not sure where you got this perspective from, but no one looks at commuters as weirdos that can't afford to live downtown. What a horrible attitude to have. If that were true, there would be a serious divide in our class. Our peers are quite understanding and supportive of each other. In my opinion, it would be odd for students to act the way you are describing given the nature of the career that we are all pursuing. I suppose it's possible, but in the last ~10 months I have not experienced, heard of or witness
  7. Just a heads up - make sure you get your medical forms filled out nice and early (or at least plan this ahead). Depending on how your doctor's office administers certain tests, it can take a few weeks to get results back.
  8. Start times vary - any time between 8 and 10 am. We have a few people commuting from Vaughan - the furthest right now is from Stoughville :s lol. Some people started living down here but moved home to save money, some people started out at home and are moving downtown to save time. It's really hard to know what the best decision is. Commuting usually saves money, but it does get exhausting. It really depends on the type of person you are, and if you're good at maintaining some sort of school-life balance. I was commuting from Stoney Creek (Hamilton area) so by the time I got home I was too exh
  9. Hey michmich, Firstly, congratulations on your acceptances! Secondly, great choice! All the programs are excellent, and I know I'm biased, but U of T is just incredible. I am a current first year PT student at U of T. I saw your comment and thought I would weigh in: 1. That's really convenient that you already live in the GTA. You likely won't need a car for placements, but bear in mind that the U of T catchment goes as far as Barrie/Collingwood to Oakville. You pick your top 10 choices, and it's a lottery system, so if all your choices have already been taken by other students
  10. I understand that you don't want to commute - it sucks. I was doing it from outside the GTA until mid-October, and I caved. However, I'd say at least 1/3 of our class commutes from uptown, Scarborough, Etobicoke, even a few from the Mississauga area. U of T has a housing website that you can look at if you haven't already. But it will be hard to find something "cheap". My suggestion is to just find something along the subway line and you'll be fine.
  11. Someone from the admissions department is going to make one once she has the final class list!
  12. Hey everyone! Just thought a thread should be started for the incoming PT students so we can get to know each other, ask questions, start a facebook group, etc. I'm so excited to start school and meet you all!
  13. I know! I feel like it's partially a lottery system lol. No I didn't get Mac A little heartbroken since my life is in Hamilton/Stoney Creek but I guess the GO train isn't that bad! Have you decided where you are going to go?
  14. I'm accepted for PT (didn't apply for OT) - but if you end up in Toronto I'm sure we will run into each other!
  15. Hey Tr RMT, congrats on the acceptance Maybe I will see you around in the fall!
  16. Applied: Western, Mac, UoT, Queens (all PT) Rejected: Queens, Mac Accepted: UoT Waitlisted: Western (lower third 61-92) 3.88 sub GPA
  17. I got it too Even though I didn't want to go to Queens, I'm still disappointed. "Your application to the Master of Science Program in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University has received careful consideration; however, I regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you admission. The academic cut off for the cumulative grade point average (Cum-GPA) for all years of University study this year was 2.89 and the grade point average for the most recent ten full course credits of undergraduate University education (Sub-GPA) was 3.57. If either your Cum or Sub-GPA were below these value
  18. Any courses that you think you can do well in. I needed a bunch of 90s so I took the birdiest courses I could find OR any courses that were similar to a course that I did well in... Athabasca has some easy ones that require very little work...cultural studies, for example. Making a bibliography was worth 15% of my mark... no paper or anything, JUST a bibliography :s haha. Anyways, bird courses are ideal if you are working full-time (in my opinion). You can make a spreadsheet on excel with your sub-gpa and play around with the numbers to see what kind of grades (and how many) you need to m
  19. It was nice meeting you too! Fingers crossed for Mac I hope the next couple of weeks fly by!
  20. I'm not sure what the written component is about but they might be able to accommodate for the learning disability.
  21. Here is a portion of the rejection letter I received last year: "The academic cut off for the cumulative grade point average (Cum-GPA) for all years of University study this year was 2.89 and the grade point average for the most recent ten full course credits of undergraduate University education (Sub-GPA) was 3.55. If either your Cum or Sub-GPA were below these values or you did not meet the prerequisite course requirements your admissions application would not have been further assessed by the committee. If you did meet the above criteria, the combined assessment of your academic and p
  22. I did this too! I enrolled in a non-degree term took 2 courses at my home university and also took 3 courses at Athabasca at the same time because the options for online courses at my uni were very limited. It's really not that bad though! I was able to increase my sub-GPA from 3.61 to 3.88 so it was 100% worth it.
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