The Evolution of Occupational Therapy Through the Years


St. Catherine University's Online OTA program offers a look into the history of occupational therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is an ever-evolving profession that has, over time, grown to become an essential and in-demand healthcare field. In its early stages, before it was even known as occupational therapy, it was a method to provide humane care for the mentally ill. But over the span of three centuries, it has evolved into…

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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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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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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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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.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options

Flexible Medical Careers: How OTA Compares to ADN


Finding the perfect flexible medical career can be tough. How do you know which career path will be right for you? If you’re looking to break into the health care field, you may not know which associate degree program will best fit into your busy life. Should you pursue an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) degree? Take a look at how OTA compares to ADN.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant is #1 Health Care Support Career



According to US News & World Report’s 2016 Best Health Care Support Jobs list, occupational therapy assistant is the number one career choice for those looking to start their health care career.

Several criteria go into the US News and World Report’s decision. Among them are job growth and opportunity, salary, work-life balance, and stress levels.

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Break Into Health Care as an Occupational Therapy Assistant


Break into health care with St. Catherine's online OTA program

Have you always felt that health care is the field you need to be in, but you’re unsure how to get there? Are you a creative person who likes helping people, but can’t stand the sight of blood?

Break into health care field as an occupational therapy assistant.

Occupational therapy’s number one goal is to help clients (what patients are called in OT) live life to the fullest. Occupational therapy assistants are able to work in any of the six practice areas.

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Medical Associate Degree Programs: OTA vs. Medical Assistant


If you’re looking to break into the medical field, you might be looking at a variety of medical associate degree programs and wondering, “Which medical associate degree program is right for me?”

Before deciding which medical associate degree program to pursue you’ll want to consider the career growth, salary, and the various tasks of each profession. In this blog, we’ll look at occupational therapy assistants and medical assistants and apply the aforementioned criteria.

Which career path should you consider? Hopefully you’ll find some answers by the end.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options

Online Health Care Associate Degrees Are Rarely 100% Online


Online education is convenient for those looking to pursue a degree without much disruption in their current day-to-day life. Because online learning is flexible format and allows students to complete coursework at any time of the day or night, it is an attractive option to many. However, if you’re looking to pursue online health care associate degrees, you should be aware that health care degrees are rarely 100 percent online.

Due to the nature of the industry, health care professionals have to interact face-to-face with patients. So to be fully trained as a health care professional, students will need in-person, hands-on experience. No exception.

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