The three-day Pre-Occupational Therapy Program (PreOT) will provide participants interested in an occupational therapy career a chance to immersively explore the profession through a diverse range of voices and experiences.

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2024 Dates

Session 1: June 17 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (times subject to change)
Session 2: July 8 – 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (times subject to change)

The online five-day PreOT program will provide participants interested in an occupational therapy career a chance to 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 the populations they serve. Additionally, participants will learn about innovative and emerging occupational therapy practice areas that support health and well-being. Interactive and asynchronous learning activities, 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.

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 five 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 five 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.

Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • May 15

    Priority Deadline

    • April 15

    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.
    • Letter of Recommendation (Optional)

    Application Review

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

  • Both programs are 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
    • $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 reaffirmed my desire to work in occupational therapy, specifically helping incarcerated people reintegrate into society. Through the intersection of occupational therapy and mental health services, we can help people learn how to enhance their skill sets."
Kayla Michel
PrOT Student
Summer '20