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.

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

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.

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

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.

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School

Find the Best Computer for Taking Online OTA Classes


Deciding to go to school online, like with St. Kate’s online OTA program, means that you need a good computer. So what is the best computer for taking online classes? You may be asking yourself the following: Do I purchase a PC or Mac? A laptop or desktop? An iPad or other tablet? How much money do I want to spend?

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Online Program, OTA Training

OT in Schools is on the Rise


It’s no secret that the occupational therapy field is growing and OTs and occupational therapy assistants are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth of OTAs is expected to go up 41 percent, much higher than the average 11 percent for all other positions.

But where are all of these jobs? It turns out, OT in schools is growing.

The New York Times recently reported a sharp increase in the amount of students who are receiving occupational therapy in the past couple of years. In three years, Chicago has seen an increase of 20 percent, and Los Angeles has seen a 30 percent growth in just five years, up to 9,000 students.

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Field, OTA Online Program, Talking with an OT

The Online Degree Experience at St. Catherine University


Online learning can seem daunting. After all, how can an online education even begin to compare to a traditional classroom experience? The internet is impersonal, you won’t be interacting with your professor, and the classes are just full of slideshows and mandatory reading that you have to memorize, right? For some reason, the reputation of online learning hasn’t seemed to evolve past where it was 20 years ago, yet the online degree experience has dramatically advanced.

Remember when you would get a CD in the mail from America Online (AOL) to download the Internet with “1000 hours free!”? Your phone line would be tied up while you were logged online, and if your sibling picked up the phone to call someone while you were talking to some friends (and perhaps strangers) in a chatroom, you were instantly logged off. AOL Instant Messenger was the best way to talk to your friends, and websites were filled with bad graphics and clip art. In 1995, this was your Internet experience.

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Fieldwork, OTA Online Program

Why Is Accreditation Important for Online OTA Programs


When you’re looking for and researching occupational therapy assistant online degrees, there are a lot of questions you will want answered. How much is tuition? Am I eligible for financial assistance? How long is the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program? When can I start?

You should also find out about program accreditation. But what is accreditation? Why is accreditation important?

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Online Program

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