KGI is developing an innovative entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. The program is not currently accepting applications.
To prepare graduates as innovative leaders within the occupational therapy field, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA is creating an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. Fall 2022 is the program’s expected start date, which is subject to approval by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Hands-on industry experiences and team collaboration are at the core of KGI’s success in biotech and healthcare education. For KGI’s innovative OTD program, an active-learning and hands-on approach will prepare students to become resourceful, ethical, flexible, and agile problem-solvers.
Occupational therapy is a career that matters. Occupational therapists impact people’s lives by helping clients of all ages flourish in the midst of the complexities of daily life. Clients of occupational therapy learn to maximize their capacity for doing and can navigate physical, developmental, mental, emotional, contextual, and/or social challenges to be able to live life to its fullest.
Median salary of an occupational therapist
Projected growth of the profession from 2018-2028
Years to complete the OTD program
KGI envisions the innovative potential for therapeutically utilizing occupation to promote and sustain health, well-being, participation, and inclusion to meet a wide range of ever-changing, real world needs.
KGI’s OTD program aims to educate future occupational therapists to meet the needs of individuals, communities, and populations for meaningful participation in daily life activities through a transformative and dynamic educational process.
The program will provide a solid foundation in the scholarship of practice where professional thinking necessarily utilizes evidence and theory to meet clients’ needs for optimizing occupational performance and participation.
OTD students will consider innovative possibilities for the future of practice where pioneering new approaches to occupational therapy care will be valued in the marketplace. KGI’s OTD program will nurture the growth of students as compassionate, ethical practitioners who act with integrity and authenticity in every step of the occupational therapy process.
As the occupational therapy profession grows to meet the needs of our world, KGI OTD students will be ready to lead and proactively innovate solutions for maximizing the health-promoting potential of engagement in activities of everyday life.
KGI’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). KGI’s offering of an OTD program is also subject to approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Christy Billock was hired on September 20, 2019 as the Founding Program Director of the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Keck Graduate Institute.
Occupational therapy was founded as a healthcare profession in 1917. Over a hundred years ago, the word “occupation” referred to everyday activity or ways we occupy our time. Early proponents of occupational therapy understood the healing power of human’s engagement in daily life activity, a value that has proven highly beneficial to the profession’s growth. Occupational therapy rapidly grew and diversified into a broad scope of practice over the last 100+ years. Occupational therapists now work with clients across the lifespan and in a large variety of settings to help people of all ages and ability levels to live life to the fullest.
The demand for occupational therapy services has also risen in recent years and projections include a predicted 18% growth of the profession from 2018-2028. Changes in the healthcare marketplace which incentivize providers for keeping patient’s healthy increases the value of occupational therapy services’ health outcomes. As the numbers of aging persons rises, so does the need for occupational therapy professionals to help elders lead independent and healthy lives. Increasing rates of autism also creates more demand for occupational therapy services. The prevalence of largely preventable non-communicable diseases and the burden it creates on the healthcare system calls for professionals of the future to work in prevention and wellness. Occupational therapists are perfectly positioned to help meet those needs based on their lifestyle management expertise.
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