7 Steps to Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant


Many people have known from a young age what they want to be when they grow up. Some are meant to be teachers, others want to work as writers, and still others want to work in the medical field.

While it’s fair to say that not many children know what an occupational therapy assistant is, as they grow they will probably look into the different professions in the medical field. As they rule out careers as a doctor, nurse or medical assistant, they may have alighted on occupational therapy assistants. As children become adults, they look at career outlooks and colleges, examine their lifestyle and determine the best fit. That leads many who want to work in the medical field to look into becoming an OTA.

So now that you’ve found a career you’re interested in, how do you go about landing a job as an OTA? Let’s first talk about finding the right occupational therapy assistant program.

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Categories: OTA Field, OTA Fieldwork, OTA Online Program

Six Apps Every OTA Student Should Have


In this day and age, technology is advancing education to new levels. The internet allows us to offer prestigious programs online, like our online occupational therapy assistant program in Virginia that allows one to obtain their OTA certification. Technology doesn’t stop its educational progression there. Now with smart phone technology, applications for students of our program and occupational therapy professionals at their fingertips. Both iPhone and Droid users can download helpful resources for their profession in less than half a minute, some of which can assist them greatly in their education, careers and in their patient’s treatment. We have created this list of our top picks for smart phone applications that all occupational therapy assistants should have.

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Categories: OTA Field

Best Places to Live as an OTA


You’ve researched career options and decided you’d like to become an occupational therapy assistant (OTA).  While considering schools like St. Catherine University’s 16-month OTA program, maybe you’ve started to think about where you’d like to live after you graduate. So what are the best places to live as an OTA?  As is often the case, it depends.

First, it might be a good idea to decide whether you’d like to live in or near a city or whether you want to live a less metropolitan lifestyle.  This might vary, depending on how deep your roots are in your current hometown, whether you have or plan to have children, how many social activities you pursue, if you have an interest in various sporting or cultural events and countless other possibilities.

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Categories: OTA Field

Occupational Therapy Listed as Top Job of 2014


Choosing a career path is no easy feat. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses; some are better at more creative endeavors, while others thrive in mathematics and hard sciences. Even once you narrow down your search to a field you prefer to work in, you still have to look for a specific career in that field. Your choice in career can be affected by the flexibility you desire, the amount of time you must spend in school and the future outlook of the position.

If you’re looking into starting your career in the medical field, you may want to consider working in occupational therapy. St. Catherine University’s online OTA program is excited to see that occupational therapy was listed as one of the top ten jobs of 2014 by CareerCast.

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Categories: OTA Field, OTA Online Program

5 Things You May Not Know About Being an Occupational Therapy Assistant


You probably already know that occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work with patients under the direction of occupational therapists (OTs) to help patients achieve more out of life. Patients of all ages work with OTAs – from the elderly needing help with the pains of growing old to the very young needing help with childhood disabilities. While you may have already known the basic job outline of an OTA, here are a few facts you may not know.

Fact 1: You can make more than $70,000 a year.

You shouldn’t expect to make this much right out of school. In fact, the median salary for an OTA is around $55,000 a year according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However the top 10% of occupational therapy assistants  make around $74,000 a year. So there is room for growth in this job market in terms of salary.

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Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field

4 Pinterest Boards Every OTA Student Should Follow


When you enter a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you’re accepting that your education will never be finished. The medical profession is constantly evolving. Once you enter the field, you will need to continue your education on your own in order to stay afloat and offer your clients the best treatment possible. You’ll find your own methods of continued learning, whether it’s through subscriptions to medical journals, frequent visits to the library or staying active in social media medical communities through sites such as Twitter or Pinterest.

Pinterest has grown from just another social media site to a personal wedding planner, shopping site and reference book. The site is great for visual learners and allows you to create your own organization. If you’re more of an observer to social media, Pinterest allows you to absorb any material you choose to subscribe to without engagement. Pinterest is a great resource for occupational therapy assistants who are looking for new resources. Follow these Pinterest boards to keep up-to-date with new articles about occupational therapy and online education.

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Categories: OTA Field, OTA Inspiration

4 Benefits of Online OTA Classes


Education is not a one-size-fits-all institution. While some students excel in traditional classroom settings, others may require more individual attention or a personalized schedule. While traditional colleges have many benefits, many are unable to meet the needs of some students. If you’ve looked into earning your online occupational therapy assistant degree, you’ll want to know what your education will look like. So, what are some benefits of online courses?

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Categories: OTA Online Program, OTA Training

Stay Tuned In with St. Kate’s Online OTA on Social Media


We are very excited about the launch of the online occupational therapy assistant program at St. Catherine University in Virginia. There are many exciting aspects to this program and the OTA industry. Stay connected with the St. Catherine University’s hybrid OTA program on social media to get updates about the program, information about the occupational therapy assistant industry, invitations to events at St. Kate’s and alerts about new blog posts about our program and the OTA occupation. Using social media tools is a great way to stay up-to-date with our program and OTA news. To connect with our online OTA program on social media, you can do the following:

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Categories: Accelerated Associates Degree, OTA Online Program

Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy—What’s the difference?


If you’ve been considering a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you’ve likely become familiar with other healthcare careers related to patient rehabilitation. The field of physical therapy, in particular, is often mentioned right alongside occupational therapy. While there are certainly many similarities between the two, they differ in the specifics of how they help patients address a disability. For a quick refresher on the two fields, or even a simple way of explaining the differences to family and friends, the info below may help.

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Categories: Accelerated Associates Degree, Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field, OTA Online Program

7 Places Where Occupational Therapy Assistants Work


Occupational therapy assistants, or OTAs, are essential to helping individuals with developmental disabilities or recovery issues navigate their way through activities of daily living (ADLs) in their every-day surroundings. OTAs work with individuals to find creative ways to carry out all kinds of tasks–from brushing teeth to using a computer–despite various physical or mental challenges. While OTAs are typically overseen by an occupational therapist, hospitals and occupational therapist’s offices aren’t the only places where OTAs find work.

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