Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Become an Occupational Therapy AssistantThrough St. Catherine University’s OTA Online Program, you can earn your associate’s degree in a rewarding, high-demand field.

Through this first-of-its-kind program, you can turn your passion for helping others into a profession. Online classes, hands-on learning in skills labs, and fieldwork experiences in six different field areas are blended to offer you a curriculum built with employability and job readiness in mind.

Program Summary

The OTA Online Program was created by St. Catherine University, a leader in OTA education. As a student in the online program, you will follow the same curriculum as those in the ground-based OTA program at St. Catherine’s campus in Minnesota, which has a high licensure pass rate.

Students in St. Catherine’s ground-based program have a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensure exam.

St. Kate’s online OTA program comprises three parts:

  • Online learning
  • Hands-on skills labs
  • Fieldwork experiences with real clients

Online Coursework

The OTA curriculum is 80 percent online—more than any other occupational therapy assistant program in the country. This allows you the flexibility and convenience to complete your classes where and when you can.

Through Canvas, the online learnig platform used in the OTA Online Program, you will complete interactive coursework, take part in class discussions, and demonstrate your skills and knowledge to your professors.

Each class has a dedicated professor, many of whom teach master’s-level courses in the ground-based program. Your professors are readily available with open office hours and private appointments, allowing you easy access for questions, feedback, and concerns.

Skills Labs

OTA SplintStrategically timed skills labs during the 16-month program scheduled to tie in to your online curriculum and fieldwork experiences allow you to practice in Genesis Rehab facilities throughout Virginia, California, or Texas.

Under the supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you will gain hands-on experience with industry equipment and technology, preparing you for your fieldwork experiences.

Skills labs take place 12 times on Sundays throughout the program and are scheduled as a regular component of your curriculum.

OTA Program Fieldwork

Your OTA program fieldwork experiences allow you to work with real clients in four practice areas, preparing you for the different environments you may work in as a certified OTA.

A dedicated fieldwork coordinator will consider your location and work experience to find fieldwork placements at Genesis Rehab facilities and other OTA facilities in either California, Texas, or Virigina or near you.

With 720 hours dedicated toward fieldwork under the guidance of a fieldwork educator, you will be prepared for success as an entry-level occupational therapy assistant.

Start Your Journey

Spend some time learning about the OTA field, read some of the program’s frequently asked questions, or check out our steps to admission. We’re ready to meet with you so you can learn more about receiving your OTA degree.

St. Catherine University’s OTA program is the first online OTA program in the United States, comprised of online didactic courses and hands-on lab work and fieldwork in healthcare facilities. If you’re ready to start earning your Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree, call 877.223.2677 or fill out the contact form.

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