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.

This effort begins the moment you complete an application and continues through the entirety of your time at St. Kate’s.

Admissions Counselor

Student support in the St. Catherine OTA program starts with your admissions counselor. This knowledgeable counselor will help you navigate the admissions process and determine whether our program aligns with your educational and career goals. They’ll also help you create an academic plan that puts you on track to enroll on your target start date and assist you in gathering the necessary documents needed to apply, identify any prerequisite courses you may need to take, and answer any questions you may have.

Student Success Coach

As a St. Kate’s online OTA student, you’ll also have access to an enthusiastic student success coach who will act as your support system during your time in the program. You can reach out to this person any time you need help with course material, guidance, or just someone to listen.

The St. Kate’s program also gives you the tools you need to pass the OTA certification exam.

NBCOT Prep Coaching Program

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St. Kate’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, you have the added value of utilizing the non-required St. Catherine NBCOT Prep Coaching Program (NBCOT PCP). The program begins preparing you for the exam during your third semester through this optional exam preparation course.

How the NBCOT PCP Works

  1. Preparation. Students take a 200 question practice exam and a seven-week study plan is developed based on results.
  2. 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.
  3. Performance. We aim to have at least 85% of participants successfully pass the NBCOT exam within 3 months of graduation.

Career Development

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 team will connect you with the resources you need.

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 assistance to students who may need
    • Alternative test accommodations
    • Peer note-taking support
    • Sign language interpreters
    • Adaptive technology
    • Clinical accommodation planning

Technical standards and essential requirements describe functions necessary for students to complete their education and training in the OTA Program and to assume the role of an occupational therapy professional. They are stated to ensure that all students, regardless of disability status, are aware of the expectations of the program. Academic requirements are not waived due to a student’s disability. Students must be able to meet the academic requirements and behavior expectations with the approved accommodations.

For more information contact:
Lisa King, Disability Resources OTA Online
(612) 730-1806
lbking@stkate.edu

Lisa lives in Oregon and is on Pacific time zone. Please email for an appointment.

  • 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.

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