Are all OT schools the same in level of awesomeness or suckiness?

So…this sweet girl below definitely knows how to flatter a blogger…my fav sentence being  “praise your OT-greatness”, hahaha.

ANYWAY, this passionate new friend of mine is trying to decide between her in-state “cheap” school in the South versus some other fancy private or out of state tuition college. I Jane Doe'd her of course. I personally think each program is foundationally similar enough that she'll be okay anywhere….although if she has the money to move states I'd say a place like UAB or Wash U would be pretty powerful. So, my readers, anonymously or not, please comment on your belief! I'd really be interested to hear how people view their OT programs and I know she'd appreciate the insight as well. I wrote her back and also told her to check out OT Connections, my new pet cause 😉

Ok Lester is screaming, better go get him some broth before my eardrums explode. Read below! I love we are inheriting a new passionate prospective student to the OT cause!


My name is Jane Doe and I am a pre-OT student at Jane College.  I recently switched my course of study to OT when I learned about the profession last year, and I have been hooked ever since.  I have spent the last year researching every OT related website I could find, and a few weeks ago I discovered your blog.  I am very interested in the creative aspect of Occupational Therapy and I love that it is so multi-dimensional!  I actually found your blog because I was doing a google search on Occupational Therapy and therapeutic cooking and stumbled upon the post where you wrote about cooking with simulated disabilities.  After I read that I was desperate to find out which MOT program you were in so I actually created a blog account to have access to all of your posts.  What started out as a search, turned into a complete obsession.  I am currently reading all of your blogs from start to finish and I am about a third of the way through them.  I think you provide the greatest insight and advice to incoming OT students.  You are more informative than any website I have found so far and I look forward to reading the rest of you blogs.  The reason I am writing to you is not only to praise your OT-greatness and thank you for the awesome information you have provided, but also to seek your advice about OT schools.  I am entering my last year of undergrad, so I have been researching schools like crazy.  The easiest choice for me is Jane Health College because of the cheap in-state tuition, but I am in a long standing battle with myself over cheap tuition versus a possibly better (and more fun) education.  So far I have loved reading about all of the fun and creative labs and group work your school offers.  It seems to me that your school does a lot of hands on learning in addition to the book work that is necessary.  I think your program truly defines the Occupational approach to therapy.  So my question to you is, do you think most school’s take that creative, occupation-based approach or is this something that is unique to your program?  I plan on touring the two Jane area schools, and I am going to try to meet more people that have gone through the program, but so far most of the graduates I have met do not seem to hold the same passion for the creative part of OT that I love so much.  I have read many different websites for schools but have never found anything as informative as your blog.  Any information you could provide me about OT programs would be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Aug 06, 2009 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 9