Online OTA Blog

OTA Distance Learning: How it Works for St. Catherine Students

As the demand for Occupational Therapy Assistants increases across the United States, universities are expanding their educational programs to include students who are looking  for flexibility to study from anywhere in the country. One program that offers students an OTA distance learning path is St. Catherine’s Online OTA program. The curriculum for St. Catherine’s Online […]

Continue Reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Occupational Therapy Assistant School

It’s one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations in the country and ranks #1 in Best Healthcare Support Jobs by U.S. News & World Report – Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). Now, the demand for OTAs is on the rise across the U.S., specifically in California, Virginia and Texas, due to the growing elderly population and […]

Continue Reading

Your Top Questions About Fieldwork Experiences Answered

Gaining diverse, real-world experience is essential for occupational therapy assistant students. That is why St. Catherine University’s Online OTA program is dedicated to providing students 720 hours of immersive fieldwork experiences to help them transition into practitioners. Supervised by a certified instructor, fieldwork allows students to put their online and skills lab curriculum into practice […]

Continue Reading

Innovative Online Degree Experience: How St. Catherine University’s OTA Program Takes Learning to the Next Level

Millions of students all around the world are now earning their college degrees online. The online degree experience has exploded in the past decade, sparking a revolution in education. In fact, online courses are now outperforming face-to-face courses. The reason for the increase is simple: online coursework provides students easier access to an education and ultimately a degree. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and the necessary computer requirements.

Continue Reading

The Evolution of Occupational Therapy Through the Years

Occupational therapy (OT) is an ever-evolving profession that has, over time, grown to become an essential and in-demand healthcare field. In its early stages, before it was even known as occupational therapy, it was a method to provide humane care for the mentally ill. But over the span of three centuries, it has evolved into […]

Continue Reading

The Fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy: What’s the Difference?

The fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy are often confused. While both roles provide essential hands-on rehabilitative work to help clients perform everyday tasks as independently as possible, each field takes a diverse approach in helping people get back to their usual way of life.

Continue Reading

Back to School at 52?! One OTA Student Shares Why it’s Never Too Late to Change Careers.

It’s never too late to change careers. Just ask Carrie Minault, a 52 year old mother, educator, and volunteer who is now a student of St. Catherine’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program. She just started her journey toward a new career as an OTA through St. Catherine, also known as St. Kate’s, 16-month Online OTA program.

Continue Reading

Occupational Therapy Assistant: Among the Top Healthcare Jobs in Demand

The healthcare industry is filled with many job opportunities for first-time students and career-changers. But there is one healthcare career that stands out from the rest because of its diversity, growth and high demand: Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is among the top healthcare jobs in demand right now. In fact, U.S News & World Report ranked the #1 best healthcare support job in 2016. It’s one of the fastest growing healthcare jobs you can have with an associate’s degree and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OTA profession will grow 43% by 2024, faster than almost any other occupation and more than 14,000 new jobs will be open between now and 2024.

Continue Reading

Answers to Your College Application Process Questions

Whether it’s been a few years or decades since you’ve gone back to school, the process can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, the college admissions process has changed immensely and you may have a lot of questions. Where do I start? Am I qualified? Will I need to take prerequisites? Add an online program to your admission concerns and we have a recipe for confusion. But don’t let any of this keep you from your goal!

At St. Catherine University, we aim to make it all as painless as possible. See what questions other students have asked – the answers may reveal that the online OTA program is the perfect choice for you.

Continue Reading

Not 100% Online: Skills Labs and Fieldwork Experience

How can you learn to be an occupational therapy assistant online? You can’t. A common misconception is that St. Catherine University’s OTA program is 100% online. While our students are able to listen to lectures, complete schoolwork, and go through modulations on their own time, they also complete hands-on skills labs and gain fieldwork experience with fellow students.

Continue Reading