Hands-on Skills Labs

occupational-therapy-assistant-skills-labsSt. Catherine’s Online OTA program allows you to apply your OTA knowledge in a practical setting and practice your skills before starting your OTA program fieldwork and working with real clients.

Through your skills labs, you will work with industry equipment and technology to prepare you for your fieldwork experiences.

Under the supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you will complete skills labs in each of the six occupational therapy practice areas, providing you with a well-rounded education:

  • Children and youth
  • Productive aging
  • Health and wellness
  • Mental health
  • Rehabilitation and disability
  • Work and industry

A 12-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio for the skills labs ensures you will have the opportunity to supplement your online learning with immediate feedback and instruction in a more intimate educational setting.

12 Scheduled Skills Labs

Your labs are scheduled into your OTA curriculum, so you know as soon as you start the program when you will be completing your labs.

Strategically timed to tie into your lessons and prepare you for your fieldwork experiences, skills labs will take place just 12 times throughout the 16-month program, allowing you to travel to your labs from out of state, if necessary.

This means you don’t have to live in the same state as your skills labs in order to earn your OTA associate’s degree through St. Catherine.

Skills Labs at Genesis Rehab Services

St. Kate’s unique partnership with Genesis Rehab Services allows you to complete your skills labs at Genesis Rehab and other healthcare facilities throughout Virginia, California, or Texas. When you contact an admissions advisor, make sure to indicate which state you prefer to complete your skills labs in.

As a St. Kate’s student, you will work in Genesis Rehab facilities using the equipment and tools common to the industry, with additional equipment provided by your lab instructors so you are able to gain experience in all six practice areas and enhance your education with practical application.

Want to learn more about your occupational therapy assistant education? Contact an admissions advisor today.

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