St. Catherine University OTA Program FAQs

  1. How long is the St. Catherine University OTA program?
  2. When do classes start?
  3. How do students in St. Catherine’s online OTA program register for courses?
  4. What if I don’t have a high school diploma? Can I still apply to the program?
  5. Can I work while I take classes?
  6. Is the program accredited?
  7. Is the fieldwork component of the program only offered in California, Texas, or Virginia?
  8. Are all of the courses online, or will I need to travel?
  9. Where can I work as an OTA?
  10. I’m new to online learning. Can I see a demo?

1. How long is the St. Catherine OTA program?

St. Catherine offers the Online OTA program in as few as 16 months. The 16 months does not include necessary prerequisite courses.

2. When do classes start?

St. Catherine has three start dates per year in January, May, and September.

3. How do students in St. Catherine’s online OTA program register for courses?

Students work closely with am academic advisor to plan their course of study and prepare for registration. Online OTA students will register for classes like all other St. Kate’s students, through the KateWay system.

During orientation, students will be shown how to register for classes. If a student has any questions about registering, both their admissions and academic advisors are available to assist.

4. What if I don’t have a high school diploma? Can I still apply to the program?

Students applying for admission must have earned a high school diploma or provide proof of passing the General Education Development (GED) exam to be accepted into the online OTA program.

5. Can I work while I take classes?

Students may work while completing their classes; however, the program is considered full-time.

6. Is the program accredited?

Yes! The St. Catherine University Online OTA program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

St. Catherine is regionally accredited by High Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

7. Is the fieldwork component of the program only offered in California, Texas, or Virginia?

No, student’s doing OTA fieldwork will do so at various occupational therapy facilities arranged by an academic fieldwork coordinator. Online OTA students can do fieldwork in any authorized state.

Students can complete fieldwork in all states except for Puerto Rico.

However, in order to complete skills labs, students must be physically present at one of the gyms in the California, Texas, or Virginia.

8. Are all of the courses online, or will I need to travel?

St. Kate’s online OTA program is the only online program to offer all core curriculum classes online. But this only means that 80 percent of the curriculum is online.

Students will be required to travel for 12 weekend skills labs and four fieldwork experiences. The weekend skills labs occur on Sundays every three to four weeks throughout the program in California, Texas, or Virginia. Fieldwork experiences, while not necessarily taking place in one of these states, also requires students to appear in-person to learn through hands-on education.

9. Where can I work as an OTA?

OTAs are able to work in a variety of settings with all sorts of clients, meaning you can work where your passion lies.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (aota.org) identifies six practice areas:

  • Children and Youth
  • Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation and Disability
  • Work and Industry.

As a COTA, you have the opportunity to work in diverse physical settings, including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, clinics, camps, nursing homes, jails, assisted living facilities, patient homes, and more.

10. I’m new to online learning. Can I see a demo?

Online learning can be intimidating and we understand your hesitation. Online learning is very interactive. See for yourself by checking out St. Kate’s online learning demo.

Ready to get started on your OTA education? Speak to an admissions advisor today.

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