About St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University flagship campus in Minnesota.

St. Catherine University has a rich history of academic excellence starting with its main campus in Minnesota. The success of the campus-based occupational therapy assistant program led to the development of the first-of-its-kind online OTA program, first offered in Virginia and now available in California and Texas.

The online OTA program is the only OTA program to offer all core classes online and combine them with hands-on skills labs and engaging fieldwork experiences.

St. Kate’s History

Since its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, St. Catherine University (affectionately known as St. Kate’s to students, faculty, and alumni) has been dedicated to providing a liberal arts and professional education integrated with the Catholic tradition.

St. Catherine University grew from a small college awarding a bachelor’s degree to its first two students in 1913 to a recognized university in 2009. After merging with St. Mary’s Junior College in 1986, St. Catherine became the oldest health care educator in Minnesota.

St. Catherine University continues to take a forward-thinking approach to health care education and its integration of professional programs with the liberal arts.

Occupational Therapy Assistant School

St. Catherine University offered the nation’s first occupational therapy assistant program and is one of the few universities to offer all levels of OT education, from associate’s degrees through master’s and doctoral degrees.

And with an eye toward growth and innovation, it is also the first university to offer OTA education in an online educational model with skills labs and fieldwork.


St. Catherine University is aACOTEccredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The online occupational therapy assistant program in California is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Want to learn more about how you can earn your OTA degree from a prestigious university with a long tradition of excellence in occupational therapy education? Speak to an admissions advisor today.

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