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

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. 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.

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

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.

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

OT Month Shout-out: 6 Ways Occupational Therapy Changes Lives


OT Month

While occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants make a difference 365 days a year, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. uses April, which they designated OT Month in 1980, to celebrate the vitally important roles these professionals play in society.

Categories: OTA Field, OTA Inspiration

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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Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas: OT Gets Creative


Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas: OT Gets Creative

Many think occupational therapy only treats the wounded or elderly, when in fact occupational therapy treats people of all ages and from all walks of life. These three creative occupational therapy activity ideas should give you a sense of how vast the opportunities are with this health care career.

Occupational therapy assistants have the opportunity to work with babies, the elderly, grade school kids, inmates, the mentally disabled, and more. With occupational therapy, you can find your fit and work in a place that provides care for people you really care about.

Categories: OTA Field, OTA Inspiration

Occupational Therapy and Yoga Is a Powerful Combination


Finding a career that makes you happy is about finding a job where you can incorporate your interests.

For those who enjoy exercising and leading a generally healthy lifestyle, choosing a career in occupational therapy allows you to do what you love while making a difference. But how? You can blend occupational therapy and yoga to improve the lives of your patients and still keep your own healthy lifestyle on track.

Categories: Healthcare Career Options, OTA Inspiration

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Occupational Therapy


Working in the occupational therapy field can be one of the most rewarding careers out there. You are constantly helping your patients improve their lives. However, like any other career, there is always some less-glamorous details that you should be aware of. Today our guest blogger shares the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of working in occupational therapy.

In any profession, there will be aspects you like, aspects you don’t like, and aspects you sometimes wish you did not have to do: the good, the bad, and the ugly. While I am extremely satisfied with my OT career, occupational therapy is no exception.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, OTA Inspiration, Talking with an OT

Occupational Therapy Podcasts for COTAs and OTRs


Are you new to occupational therapy? Or maybe you want to hear more about the profession from those in the field. These occupational therapy podcasts provide some great insight into the profession as well as some specific situation you may encounter as a certified OTA.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Inspiration, OTA Training

Cartoon Characters That Could Use a Certified OTA


Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are lucky enough to work with a vast array of patients every day. You may find yourself working with children in the morning and adults in the afternoon. Occupational therapy is a field that never gets boring. Even if you work strictly with geriatric, pediatric or other patients, every patient has a different treatment plan. And of course life would never be boring if you ended up working with all of the cartoon characters that could use some occupational therapy.

Categories: OTA Inspiration

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