Hello, my name is Eli and would like to know whether or not I am a competitive applicant from Occupational Therapists. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a 3.59 GPA. My major was psychology, and minor biology. My prerequisite GPA ranges around 3.5 to 3.55, depending upon the graduate program. I have yet to take the GREs. Two of the schools I am looking at don't require them. I am slightly concerned about what I would score in the math section, as I was a nontraditional student and didn't practice algebra or geometry for years.
I have 564 hours of working directly with the developmentally disabled. I was a direct support professional, and assisted clients with ADLs and implemented "supports" to increase independency and to facilitate community inclusion. I also administered medications under a nurse's license. I have worked with clients who were diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Willi Prader Syndrome. I have had CPR training (which I plan to renew), Crisis Prevention Intervention training, and HIPAA training.
I was a statistics tutor, and helped gather data for research on special olympics athletes. I volunteered for the Special Olympics for approximately 20-24 hours (this is undocumented however). I also volunteered for the Veterans' Affairs Health Administration for approximately 60 hours (this is also undocumented).
The Head Administrator of my school (who is also a neurobiologist), and a psychologist (who has owned her own private practice for many years) are willing to write letters of recommendation for me.
I have spent 9 months in a wheel chair, and have personally experienced a loss of independence due to physical disability. This is essentially when I first learned about occupational therapy. My experience of being disabled was partly traumatic. Being a college student, I could not afford the medicalhelp that I needed, and so had to rely on family who were not prepared for my needs.