The fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy are often confused. While both roles provide essential hands-on rehabilitative work to help clients perform everyday tasks as independently as possible, each field takes a diverse approach in helping people get back to their usual way of life.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.