If you’re trying to decide if a program like the St. Catherine University Online Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program is right for you, you’ve come to the right place. At St. Kate’s, we have a diverse student body that comes from all walks of life. One thing these students have in common is the desire and passion to become an occupational therapy assistant.
In this article, you’ll hear honest online OTA program reviews of St. Kate’s OTA program from three students:
- Lilliana, a December 2019 graduate
- Kristi, class of August 2021
- Sefir, class of August 2021
Although these three students have different backgrounds and experiences, they each found something to love about occupational therapy and they trusted St. Kate’s to prepare them for a fulfilling career in the field.
But, enough from us. Let’s see what our students had to say about the online OTA program.
Why Choose St. Kate’s Online OTA Program?
For Lilliana, the online aspect of the St. Kate’s OTA program was key.
Lilliana: “I really like the convenience of online. I think that was the biggest player for me. At the time, I lived in California and I was caregiving for my dad. Being at home was really important for me to be able to still assist him and help with things that he needed, like appointments and medication management.”
So, the online aspect is a big value for me. I really also value the connection I had with my small cohort, even though it was just a few of us going to lab. We still keep in contact, and our professor has been amazing since I started, so I would say she’s been our biggest supporter, as well.
-Lilliana, December 2019 graduate
For Sefir, the support and availability of his professors made his time in the program go smoothly.
Sefir: “I’ve had some really excellent professors throughout the program. I think their communication is top-notch, bar none. If I ever needed help with something, whether with the course material itself or my computer is acting up, they’re there to help and have done an incredible job.”
He also enjoyed the resources he gained through St. Kate’s and says he has no doubts about passing the NBCOT exam to become a certified occupational therapy assistant.
“Through all the modules and online learning that we’ve done at St. Kate’s I wouldn’t replace it with anything else. I’m excited to have St. Kate’s on my resume as being a graduate of their program. They’ve given me access to resources such as the NBCOT example booklet, which I have a physical copy of and have been able to study diligently. I’m 100% confident in passing that exam the first time.”
-Sefir, class of August 2021
Kristi offers advice on how to stay engaged and organized while completing your degree.
Kristi: “It’s been a journey and it’s not always been easy, but it is completely worth it.
It’s difficult, but it’s doable and St. Kate sets you up to succeed. They give you everything that you need, as long as you ask the questions and ask for help if you need it. You have to be responsible and take initiative. You have to be motivated and take it one day at a time.
There were some late nights, there were some concepts that were harder than others and so I had to take initiative and research and study and do a lot of reading, but it’s doable.”
This program is set up to be an intensive program. So, you’ve got to come in and really hit the ground running. Then when you do it, it feels like you’ve finished a marathon.
-Kristi, class of August 2021
Kristi says although the coursework can be rigorous, it makes her feel proud to accomplish work that she knows will result in empowering her to help others.
Kristi: “In the end, this will be one of the things where I am proud to have gone through this school. I love the school and I think it’s a great program. I’ve put so much work in and I’m proud of that.”
“The reward is getting to do something that I know that I’m called to do. What you’re getting out of this is being a part of a field that is fundamental in helping people remain independent, helping them have their dignity.”
-Kristi, class of August 2021
“What makes staying up late and making sacrifices worth it is that I’m going to get to be in a field that really is impactful in people’s lives. Occupational therapy is foundational to helping people have a great quality of life. And that is what I’m looking forward to the most.”
As you can see, there are many reasons to pursue your dream of helping people as an OTA, and St. Kate’s can help you gain the skills you need to make a big difference in people’s lives.
Earn Your OTA Degree from St. Catherine in as Few as 16 Months
If, like Kristi, you’re looking forward to joining the field of occupational therapy, now is the time to learn more. If you’re considering becoming an occupational therapy assistant, you owe it to yourself to talk to an admissions counselor from the St. Catherine University Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
As the first university in the nation to offer an occupational therapy assistant program, we set the standard by which all OTA programs are judged. With St. Catherine’s Online Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you can be an occupational therapy assistant in as few as 16 months.
Give us a call today, or fill out the form, to talk to an admissions counselor about whether our program is right for you.