Innovative Online Degree Experience: How St. Catherine University’s OTA Program Takes Learning to the Next Level


St. Kate's Online OTA Program uses interactive course design to enhance the online degree experience.

Millions of students all around the world are now earning their college degrees online. The online degree experience has exploded in the past decade, sparking a revolution in education. In fact, online courses are now outperforming face-to-face courses. The reason for the increase is simple: online coursework provides students easier access to an education and ultimately a degree. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and the necessary computer requirements.

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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.

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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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Why I Chose to Become an OTA through St. Catherine University


Marie knew she wanted to be an occupational therapy assistant; she’d shadowed an occupational therapist at a hospital and was interested in the occupational therapy field. The problem was that she couldn’t find a program or school for occupational therapy that offered OTA.

Instead, Marie went to massage therapy school, an experience she doesn’t regret, but one that was difficult. Marie shared that she worked during the day and went to school at night. She recalls how hard it was to sit in class every day.

When she decided to pursue her OTA degree, Marie knew she needed a program that was flexible. Marie says, “I didn’t want to sit in a classroom all day long, especially having a kid and a husband.”

We sat down with Marie to get her thoughts on becoming an OTA, online learning, what she wishes others knew about the field, and more.

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Is Online Education Right for You?


Online learning can seem intimidating at first glance. However, each and every student can benefit from online learning. If you are struggling to answer the question “is online education right for you,” take a look at how students of all learning styles can benefit from online learning.

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Why You Should Choose a Career in the Medical Field


Few industries over the past century have seen the kind of consistent increases in demand and job opportunities that healthcare has seen. If we were giving a short answer, demand could sum up why you should choose a career in the medical field. Today, the US health care industry is poised for another big spike in demand, driven by several converging factors: longer human life spans, aging Baby Boomers, new legislation increasing access to care, and millions of healthcare professionals reaching retirement age.

Meanwhile, our educational institutions can’t produce new practitioners as quickly as necessary due to the high cost and complexities of educating health care professionals. As a result, a significant workforce shortage looms on the horizon in the health care industry.

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3 Lesser Known Career Options in the Healthcare Industry


Amy Poehler wrote, “I think we should stop asking people in their 20s what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do. Instead of asking students to ‘declare their major’ we should ask students to ‘list what they will do anything to avoid.’ It just makes a lot more sense.”

Deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life as a young adult is often nigh-on impossible. Your late teens to mid-twenties involves a lot of personal growth, so you may not feel the same about specific degree programs in five years as you do now. You may have an idea of which field you want to enter, but aren’t quite sure on what career path you definitively want to follow.

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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.

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Jumpstart Your Healthcare Career- You Still Have Time This Year!


Did you know there’s still time to apply to the fall 2015 cohort of St. Catherine University’s online occupational therapy assistant program? This program is a first-of-its-kind, 16-month associate’s degree program, and it is a great way to jumpstart your healthcare career. Our application deadline for the fall start is Tuesday, September 8. Follow these steps to submit a completed application.

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