The online, five-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 immersively explore the profession through a diverse range of voices and experiences.

Students will learn about the broad 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 meet diverse and real-world needs for participation in daily life to support health and well-being. Interactive and hands-on learning will enhance the understanding of the meaningful work of occupational therapy professionals. 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 in educational contexts.

2021 Program Dates:

  • Session #1 (online): June 14-18, 2021
  • Session #2 (online): July 12-16, 2021

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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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Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • June 1*
      *Applications will still be accepted on rolling basis until the start of the program, or until the class is full. Apply today!

    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
  • There is a $20 application fee. Participants are responsible for having a personal computer with broadband Internet access.

    If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact

PrOT Student Ambassadors

Were you in the PrOT program last summer? For some of those who already participated in PrOT last summer, we would love to see you again in a new capacity. The ambassadors will volunteer their time to support KGI’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Founding Program Director and OTD faculty. PrOT Student Ambassadors will have the opportunity to share their experiences of preparing for and applying to occupational therapy graduate programs. The ambassadors will help facilitate community building and networking among Summer 2021 PrOT participants.


  • Must be a previous PrOT attendee
  • Fill out the required PrOT Ambassador application
  • Send resume to
  • Deadline to apply: May 1, 2021
"One of the most eye-opening aspects of PrOT was seeing how you can carve out a unique niche by being an occupational therapist. Another takeaway was to treat each client like an individual and improve their overall quality of life; you get to know the person you're helping, and you work to incorporate their family and hobbies to motivate them."
Sarah Preston
PrOT Student
Summer '20