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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Jessica

Working in OT School

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Many students also ask if it is possible to work while in the program. It is definitely doable, but the amount of hours depends on your personal capacity to manage school and work. Keep in mind that the Entry-Level Master’s program is a full-time commitment, so realistically you could only work part-time.  In a typical week, you have three full days of class from about 9:00am to 4:00pm, one day of fieldwork, and one day off (usually Fridays!).  I have personally worked 10-15 hours per week throughout the program, which has been a good balance for me.  I wanted to work part-time in order to have enough spending money for myself, and not necessarily rely on loans for all of my personal needs. My job is on-campus, so it is very convenient for my schedule, as they are very flexible and recognize that school obligations come first. As I mentioned in my previous post, there are opportunities to become a student worker for the division in various capacities! If you’re interested, make sure you rank this option on your Awards Application, which you can find on the back of the Financial Resource Brochuregrin

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