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Free COTA Exam Prep

In order to become a certified occupational therapy assistant, you’ll have to sit for the COTA exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The exam is for anyone who has recently graduated with an associate degree in occupational therapy and focuses on 3 areas: assisting the Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) to acquire information about patients that could affect the treatment plan, implement the intervention plan under the supervision of the OTR and advocate high professional standards through patient care.

Here you’ll find some free COTA exam prep tips and practice questions that will help turn your online OTA degree into a license.

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Tools Every Occupational Therapy Assistant Should Have

Although occupational therapy is a medical field, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants don’t need typical medical equipment that doctors and nurses use. Stethoscopes and needles aren’t required when helping children with Sensory Processing Disorder or developmental disorders or adults with improving daily living. While your OTA education is invaluable, you’ll need some important tools with you to be completely prepared to work as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

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6 Career Resources for an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Once you graduate from St. Catherine’s online Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you may feel relieved to never have to crack open a book for hours of studying for exams. However, your education is never over when you work in the medical field. Keep your textbooks and you’ll have a reliable resource as you start your OTA career. Utilize these other resources to land your dream job and grow as an occupational therapy assistant.

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Recycled Household Items to Use in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is one of those rare fields where you’re able to work in a rewarding career geared towards improving the lives of others while simultaneously having a lot of fun. Like any other medical career, becoming an OTA requires a lot of dedication, both in an out of school, and it comes with its fair share of stress. However, occupational therapy allows for a lot of creativity, whether you’re working in pediatric therapy, geriatric therapy, physical rehabilitation or mental health specialization.

When you’re working on improving motor skills, sensory development or self-help skills, you have plenty of different options for patient activities. Instead of worrying about buying pricey gadgets and toys for your patients, utilize what both you and your patients already have around the house.

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5 Tips for OTA Students to Study Faster and Smarter

Let’s face it – it’s summer and you really don’t want to study at all. But you know you need to. That’s why we’re here to offer up our five best study hacks. What is a “hack” anyway? Well, we’ve shortened it from “lifehack” which Urban Dictionary says is “a tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient.” So without further ado, this is our summer study gift to you.

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I Graduated High School. Now What?

Summer is just around the corner, and so is your graduation. You’ll accept your diploma and reflect on how far you’ve come. Then it will hit you: now what? While it may be freeing to finally be done with high school, it’s important to start thinking about your future. Nowadays, it’s incredibly difficult to work your way up the corporate ladder from the ground floor without a degree, so you should look at your higher-education options.

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7 Steps to Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Many people have known from a young age what they want to be when they grow up. Some are meant to be teachers, others want to work as writers, and still others want to work in the medical field.

While it’s fair to say that not many children know what an occupational therapy assistant is, as they grow they will probably look into the different professions in the medical field. As they rule out careers as a doctor, nurse or medical assistant, they may have alighted on occupational therapy assistants. As children become adults, they look at career outlooks and colleges, examine their lifestyle and determine the best fit. That leads many who want to work in the medical field to look into becoming an OTA.

So now that you’ve found a career you’re interested in, how do you go about landing a job as an OTA? Let’s first talk about finding the right occupational therapy assistant program.

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Six Apps Every OTA Student Should Have

In this day and age, technology is advancing education to new levels. The internet allows us to offer prestigious programs online, like our online occupational therapy assistant program in Virginia that allows one to obtain their OTA certification. Technology doesn’t stop its educational progression there. Now with smart phone technology, applications for students of our program and occupational therapy professionals at their fingertips. Both iPhone and Droid users can download helpful resources for their profession in less than half a minute, some of which can assist them greatly in their education, careers and in their patient’s treatment. We have created this list of our top picks for smart phone applications that all occupational therapy assistants should have.

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Best Places to Live as an OTA

You’ve researched career options and decided you’d like to become an occupational therapy assistant (OTA).  While considering schools like St. Catherine University’s 16-month OTA program, maybe you’ve started to think about where you’d like to live after you graduate. So what are the best places to live as an OTA?  As is often the case, it depends.

First, it might be a good idea to decide whether you’d like to live in or near a city or whether you want to live a less metropolitan lifestyle.  This might vary, depending on how deep your roots are in your current hometown, whether you have or plan to have children, how many social activities you pursue, if you have an interest in various sporting or cultural events and countless other possibilities.

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Occupational Therapy Listed as Top Job of 2014

Choosing a career path is no easy feat. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses; some are better at more creative endeavors, while others thrive in mathematics and hard sciences. Even once you narrow down your search to a field you prefer to work in, you still have to look for a specific career in that field. Your choice in career can be affected by the flexibility you desire, the amount of time you must spend in school and the future outlook of the position.

If you’re looking into starting your career in the medical field, you may want to consider working in occupational therapy. St. Catherine University’s online OTA program is excited to see that occupational therapy was listed as one of the top ten jobs of 2014 by CareerCast.

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