I decided late into my sophomore year of college that I wanted to get my masters in occupational therapy following graduation. I have taken a few of the pre-reqs already, and I am in some right now. I will finish the last 2 this fall (my senior year. I believe I will have all As & Bs in pre-reqs as well as a 3.6 cumulative college GPA. I am starting to work on observation hours this summer, as well as more this coming fall before applying to schools.
I feel that it is so difficult to be acceped to these programs- am I just worying myself- or should I be scared I will not be competitive enough to get in.
I have a strong passion for helping others and know that I could excel in this field however I feel that I don't have enough extra-curriclar volunteering and work experiences to make me seem like a good applicant.
I live in Florida so it would be ideal for me to go to Florida Gulf Coast however their program seems less than satisfactory and not very well known. Am I wrong? University of St. Augustine would be a great choice but the price compares to that of other schools I'd rather go to out of state such as Medical University of South Carolina.
USC would be a dream to get in, but is it worth the $108k? I believe I would have about $50k paid for during it, but can I really find grants and scholarships as an out of state student?
Should I plan on starting out at approx. $60k? higher? lower?
Thank you fo ANY help or advice you may have! I do not have any family in the health industry or who attended graduate school, so I am LOST! :) Thank you!