St. Catherine University Online OTA Student Support
We are committed to helping you find academic and personal success during your time in our Online OTA program. As a St. Kate’s student, you have access to several support services designed to help you navigate the program, gain the knowledge and skills the OT field demands, and prepare for a career in occupational therapy assisting.
NBCOT Prep Coaching Program
St. Catherine University’s support for our Online OTA students doesn’t end at graduation. Becoming an OTA takes more than a degree; you have to be certified. While other OTA graduates have to prepare on their own to take the NBCOT exam, St. Catherine’s NBCOT Prep Coaching Program (NBCOT PCP) begins preparing you for the exam during your third semester.
How the NBCOT PCP Works:
- Preparation. Students take a 200 question practice exam given during Practice Models/Professional Issues II course (semester 3) and a seven-week study plan is developed based on results.
- Coaching. Weekly group sessions with peers will help graduates stay on top of their study plan. Plus, graduates will meet one-on-one with their coach, a licensed OT practitioner, who can assist your progress.
- Performance. We aim for a goal to have no less than 85% of participants successfully pass the NBCOT exam within 3 months of graduation
If you’re ready to graduate AND practice as a COTA, St. Catherine’s Online OTA program is ready to help make your goals possible. Contact us today to get started.
We wouldn’t be in education if we didn’t want to see our students succeed after graduation. Our NBCOT Prep Coaching Program is just one example of this commitment. Another is our Career Development services. Whether you need help with your cover letter or resume, are looking for jobs or internships, want to improve your job or interviewing skills, or have questions about salary negotiation, our Career Development page will connect you with the resources you need. There are even resources for helping parents support their students.
Additional Student Resources
Whether you need to improve your writing skills or have a disability that requires special accommodations, our student support services can make all the difference in your learning experience. In fact, these services continue the personalized support you will have become accustomed to during the admissions process.
- Disability resources: take advantage of an accessible, inclusive learning environment. We offer the following learning assistance to students who may need:
- Alternative test accommodations
- Peer note-taking support
- Sign language interpreters
- Adaptive technology
- Clinical accommodation planning
For more information contact:
Joan Robson, Disability Resources OTA Online
- Multilingual services: receive additional testing time if your native language is not English
- Studying assistance: let us help you improve your time management and test-taking skills
- Tutoring sessions: interact with peers who can help you better understand course material
- Writing assistance: connect with a writing assistant to improve the quality of your prose
Many of the student resources we provide are available online using interactive video software. When accommodating a special need that impacts the online learning process, it helps when we know of any assistive technology or auxiliary services that has proven effective for a student in the past.
Contact us to learn more about the support services available to students in the Online OTA program.