The online, three-day Pre-Occupational Therapy Program (PrOT) at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, will provide participants interested in an occupational therapy career a chance to actively explore the profession through engaging and interactive learning.

Students will learn about the diverse scope of occupational therapy: what occupational therapists do, where they work, and populations they serve. Additionally, participants will learn about innovative and emerging occupational therapy practice areas that support health and well-being. Participants will be able to reflectively consider a variety of occupational therapy career paths, educational options, and what is needed for a competitive application. Students will also learn tools to support their own wellness through daily life activity.

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Program Activities

  • Occupational Therapy Fundamentals
    • It can be challenging to understand the scope of practice and theory that drives the profession of occupational therapy. Participants will gain an introductory insider perspective about why the work of occupational therapists can vary so widely across a wide range of practice settings and what principles, theories, and initiatives unify the work of the profession.
  • Occupational Therapy in Action
    • Participants will have opportunities throughout the three days to engage in active learning about what occupational therapists do in practice. Students will work in teams with each other to explore activity analysis, assessments, and interventions. Strategies for active engagement will cross all three days of the program.
  • Occupational Therapy Professional Voices
    • Students will hear from a variety of occupational therapy professionals, both new and seasoned, about their work and experiences in practice. Participants will have the opportunity to hear stories from practice and ask questions such as what lead professionals into the work or what their career paths have looked like. Additionally, current occupational therapy students will share what it is like to be in an occupational therapy program.

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Updated Online Program for Summer 2020

For the summer of 2020, the Pre-Occupational Therapy program will be taught entirely online. The program will be offered twice in a three-day format. Students can participate on the program from any location, but must be available to participate in synchronous online sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Program Dates:

  • Session 1: June 24-26, 2020
  • Session 2: July 27-29, 2020

Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • June 1, 2020

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
      • Please provide a brief statement (maximum 500 words, 12-point font, 1 inch margins) describing yourself and explaining why you want to participate in this program.
    • Resume
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review.

    Application Review

    The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and staff who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application.

  • The program is designed for motivated undergraduate students or high school seniors interested in applying to occupational therapy programs in the future. Eligible applicants include:

    • Undergraduate college students (enrolled in community college or four-year institutions)
    • Students who have completed their undergraduate degree
    • High school seniors
  • The program is offered at no cost, but participants are responsible for having a personal computer with broadband Internet access.