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.
Sharon West, the admissions manager at St. Catherine University, says these are the four most common questions she received from potential occupational therapy assisting (OTA) students.
“People are still a little skeptical about online learning – and that’s okay,” Sharon says. The online Occupational Therapy Assistant program is not 100% online. Our program combines what you learn in online learning modules with hands-on skills labs and fieldwork.
According to Sharon, the easiest way to explain it is: instead of sitting in a classroom or commuting to and from class, you do all of your traditional classroom wherever you learn best, at times that suit your schedule.
You will still be required to meet deadlines, but for most students, the online learning portion is a huge advantage. For 2015 St. Catherine graduate Marie, the flexibility of the online courses was a plus.
“I didn’t want to sit in a classroom all day long, especially having a kid and a husband,” Marie says.
Sharon says she hears this question all the time. With our online OTA program, you are not on your own. There are many tools in place to help you connect with your peers and professors. Here are a few ways students connect with one another:
This is probably the #1 concern most potential students have, according to Sharon. Many of our students have families or careers, and they want to know how completing this program will impact those areas of their lives.
“Our admissions advisors have a time calculation sheet that they share with potential students,” Sharon says. “You fill out a form and it shows you how much time you will have to spend on school. It’s really neat.”
Many potential OTA students at St. Catherine University are worried about being the oldest person in their cohort. We have students of all ages and backgrounds in the program. Karen, a student starting the program in January 2017, was worried about being the oldest student and had this to say about going back to school.
“At 41, I was worried about being an elder in the bunch,” Karen says. “I believe at this age, our priorities solidify. I think for all of us, we are people who need to connect, give of ourselves, heal, encourage, and inspire. I’m excited to be in such good company!”
If you’re ready to begin your occupational therapy journey, here are the main steps you’ll take to apply to St. Catherine University’s online OTA program:
If you have more questions about our online OTA program, Sharon suggests you talk directly with an advisor.
“You should call and speak to an admissions advisor before you start the process. The admissions process can be overwhelming. Our role is to help support you throughout the entire admissions process.” There are no stupid questions when it comes to pursuing your dream of becoming an OTA. Our admissions team is here to answer them all and to support you 100%.
If you have a desire to work in the diverse and growing field of occupational therapy, contact our admissions team today.