St. Catherine University is committed to providing the support our students need during the OTA program application process and while enrolled in the online OTA program in order to succeed as a certified OTA.

A dedicated admissions advisor will work one-on-one with you to guide you through the application process. Once you have enrolled in the online OTA program, your professors and instructors provide the support and student resources necessary so you can confidently learn the course material.

St. Catherine University Online OTA AdmissionsA Dedicated Admissions Advisor

The first point of contact you will have as an online OTA student is with an admissions advisor. This dedicated advisor will be the same person you work with throughout the application process. Your advisor will answer any questions you have about the online OTA program, walk you through the admissions requirements, and guide you through the application process.

Early Determination Based on NBCOT Licensure Requirements

Because the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires immunizations, a background check, and drug screenings in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) licensure exam, students must have completed these steps prior to enrollment in the online OTA program.


As part of the OTA admissions process, admissions advisors provide each student with an OTA enrollment checklist that covers immunizations and other steps that must be completed, or show proof of recent completion, prior to enrollment.

Immunization should include:

  • Physical Exam
  • Measles/(Rubeola) titer
  • Mumps titer
  • Rubella titer
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) Vaccine or (IgG) Titer
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (IgG) Titer
  • Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Titer
  • Tuberculosis Testing
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine
  • Copy of signed CPR card from the American Heart Association

Background Checks

Background checks go back at least 10 years. Occupational therapy assistant students that have any concerns can participate in the NBCOT Early Determination and Character Review.

Contact an admissions advisor to learn more about early determination and the admissions process for the online OTA program.

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