St. Kate’s Occupational Therapy History

St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) was founded in St. Paul in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In 1887, the Sisters founded St. Mary’s School of Nursing, later named St. Mary’s Junior College.

In 1937, we became the first Catholic college/university in the United States and the third Minnesota institution to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization.

In 1964, we launched the first OTA program in the United States. Fifty years later, we expanded our highly respected OTA curriculum to the state of Virginia, making us the first university to offer an Online OTA program that blends online and hands-on curriculum. Today, the program is also available in California, Minnesota, and Texas.

St. Mary’s merged with St. Catherine in 1986, making the University the oldest healthcare educator in Minnesota. Today, we operate the St. Paul location as a coeducational campus that offers associate degree and certificate programs in several healthcare fields.

St. Kate’s strengthened its commitment to excellence in healthcare education in September 2007 with the launch of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. The School’s ambitious mission aims to reshape the education of healthcare professionals at all degree levels. Through the school, our expert faculty and staff continue to reshape the education of healthcare professionals at all degree levels. Our associate degree occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program serves as a perfect example.

Contact us to learn more about St. Kate’s commitment to healthcare education.

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