Back to School at 52?! One OTA Student Shares Why it’s Never Too Late to Change Careers.

 

It’s never too late to change careers. Just ask Carrie Minault, a 52 year old mother, educator, and volunteer who is now a student of St. Catherine’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, and now, a student. She just started her journey toward a new career as an OTA through St. Catherine, also known as St. Kate’s, 16-month Online OTA program.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Inspiration, OTA Online Program

Occupational Therapy Assistant: Among the Top Healthcare Jobs in Demand

 

The healthcare industry is filled with many job opportunities for first-time students and career-changers. But there is one healthcare career that stands out from the rest because of its diversity, growth and high demand: Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is among the top healthcare jobs in demand right now. In fact, U.S News & World Report ranked the #1 best healthcare support job in 2016. It’s one of the fastest growing healthcare jobs you can have with an associate’s degree and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OTA profession will grow 43% by 2024, faster than almost any other occupation and more than 14,000 new jobs will be open between now and 2024.

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Categories: Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field

Answers to Your College Application Process Questions

 

Whether it’s been a few years or decades since you’ve gone back to school, the process can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, the college admissions process has changed immensely and you may have a lot of questions. Where do I start? Am I qualified? Will I need to take prerequisites? Add an online program to your admission concerns and we have a recipe for confusion. But don’t let any of this keep you from your goal!

At St. Catherine University, we aim to make it all as painless as possible. See what questions other students have asked – the answers may reveal that the online OTA program is the perfect choice for you.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant School

Not 100% Online: Skills Labs and Fieldwork Experience

 

How can you learn to be an occupational therapy assistant online? You can’t. A common misconception is that St. Catherine University’s OTA program is 100% online. While our students are able to listen to lectures, complete schoolwork, and go through modulations on their own time, they also complete hands-on skills labs and gain fieldwork experience with fellow students.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Fieldwork

Occupational Therapy Assistant: A Job Helping People

 

Occupational therapy, a field that many people have never heard of, is finally getting its time in the spotlight. Specifically, occupational therapy assisting is making headlines for being a meaningful career. The U.S. News and World Report released their 100 Best Jobs of 2016 and both occupational therapy assisting and occupational therapists made the list!

But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to being ranked on U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider also listed occupational therapists as the 11th most meaningful job in America. Why? Because at its core, occupational therapy is a job that helps people. We talked with St. Catherine University faculty members and OTA graduates about a time when they knew that they’d made an impact on a client’s life – their responses are breath taking.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Inspiration, Talking with an OT

OTA Fieldwork Spotlight: Mona’s Ark

 

A common misconception is that St. Catherine University’s online occupational therapy assistant program is 100% online – it’s not. You can’t learn how to be an OTA without putting what you’ve learned to action. How? With OTA fieldwork. Our students complete over 700 hours of OTA fieldwork in the field and get to experience a wide variety of occupational therapy practice areas. While most students do fieldwork in clinics, assisted nursing facilities, and schools, one of our students recently completed fieldwork at a unique place – Mona’s Ark.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Fieldwork

Occupational Therapy Assistant Career Explained

 

Occupational therapy is one of the medical field’s best kept secrets. It’s a promising and flexible career that allows you to be creative, hands-on, and innovative. You’re probably wondering, “What exactly does this career entail?” Glad you asked!

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field

What to Expect from a Career in OTA

 

You want to work in healthcare and you are thinking about becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant, but you’re not sure it’s the right path for you. Well, if you really want to work with people instead of spending your days pushing paper and if you’re a creative person who loves helping others, then becoming at OTA could be the right fit for you. But it’s best to start at the beginning to explain exactly what to expect from a career in OTA.

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Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field

Meet the Faces Behind Our Online OTA Program Success

 

Our university has paved the way in occupational therapy (OT) education, having launched the first Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program in the United States in 1964. Today, we remain an education leader via our 16-month Online Occupational Therapy Assistant program in California and Virginia.

Blending online coursework with hands-on skills labs and fieldwork, our OTA program comprises top-notch, passionate faculty who are instrumental in shaping the future of occupational therapy and ensuring our students are successful in their future careers.

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Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School

Occupational Therapy is a Career Like Physical Therapy

 

Do you have a desire to help others live life to the fullest, but you also need a job that can fit your lifestyle? If you’re looking for a career like physical therapy, you might consider a career in occupational therapy as an occupational therapy assistant.

Often confused with physical therapy, occupational therapy aims to help clients, what patients are called in OT, learn to work with their limitations and perform everyday tasks more independently. The main difference between physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) is that PT treats the injury and OT treats the whole person.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options

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