OTA Curriculum

As a student in our Online Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, you will complete a total of 58 credit hours, consisting of curriculum specific to the OTA profession along with those covering the liberal arts and sciences (LAS). As a result, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that allows you to sit for the NBCOT® Exam which is necessary to pass to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).

Blended Learning Model

Approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), our OTA program features a unique blend of online and on-site curriculum that must be completed in-person. The online learning component, which represents 80% of the program, establishes the foundation you need to complete your in-person skills labs and fieldwork.

Curriculum Summary

The following does not include the four OTA prerequisite courses required for admission into the program. All four prerequisites are offered through St. Catherine online and can be taken alone or in conjunction with the liberal arts and science coursework prior to starting OTA coursework.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Coursework

Course Title Credit Hours Fieldwork or Lab Hours
Semester 1
Role of the OTA 2 5
Human Occupations I 2 5
Human Occupations II 2 5
Group Dynamics & Leadership 2 5
Semester 2
Clinical Conditions 2 0
Client Support Skills 4 10
Aging 2 5
Therapeutic Applications I 3 5
Level I Fieldwork 2 80
Semester 3
Therapeutic Applications II 2 10
Practice Models/Professional Issues I 1 0
 Therapeutic Applications III 3  10
 Practice Models/Professional Issues II 1  0
 Semester 4
Level II Fieldwork 6  320
Level II Fieldwork 6 320
Total 40

Liberal Arts and Sciences Coursework

Course Title Credit Hours Recommended Semester 
The Reflective Life (RTW-W)* 4 Must be completed by end of Semester 1
Health Care Ethics (RTW-W)* 3 Semester 1
The Sacramental Life (RTW-W)* 3 Semester 2
Power, Inequality, and Social Change (RTW-W)* 4 Semester 3
Human Ecology 2 Semester 3 or Semester 4
Short Story 2 Semester 3 or Semester 4
Total 18

*Must take 2 RTW Courses

Special note: If you have previous college experience with transferable LAS course credits, you still are required to complete The Reflective Life course and one other Reading, Thinking and Writing (RTW) course. RTW courses lay the foundation for agile, strong and consistent scholarly writing.   

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