I spoke with one recently in the rehab unit of our local hospital who said the hospital was paying consistent with standard wages posted on the BLS website (65-68k annually) to keep competitive with other employers. Unfortuanetly due to some undiagnosed and untreated learning disabilities and getting deployed and loosing my father during college, it left me with a low C average.
I have also been told by OT's that A LOT of your salary boils down to how well you can negotiate, so... I did a year of Graduate work in MA in Counseling but stoped because it wasnt what I wanted, and I did get a 3.0 in grad school.
I have been obsessing over the past few weeks about whether or not I will get in. My undergrad is neuropsychology, I have a 3.6 GPA, and must only take the analytical writing portion of the GRE. I am going into my 4th year as an occupational/physical therapy aide at an outpatient rehab clinic, and have logged over 4,000 hours in that position.
CSU does not require recommendations, and I do not believe they require personal interviews.
The OT dept chairperson told me EXACTly what I needed to better my chances.
I followed her advice and got in the following year.
Most schools want a 3.0 at minnium, and my gre was only a 830.
I do have other things like being a veteran, with my job i work with MS patients all day. Any thoughts, or what I could do to help my chances? Now I have to decide between CSU and Texas Women's University....
Wow, those numbers are pretty disappointing if they're accurate.
Sometimes info like this that is online or distributed in schools is outdated, based on what my experience has been talking to OT's in the field. I am in the process of applying to grad schools for OT for Fall of 09.