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 a profession that helps provide rehabilitative services to individuals with mental, physical, or developmental impairments.
St. Catherine University helped play an essential role in the evolution of OT. In 1964, the university offered the first occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program in the country and has become one of the few universities to offer all levels of OT education, from associate’s degrees through master’s and doctoral degrees.
Now, as occupational therapy marks its 100th year, St. Catherine University remains an education leader, expanding its OTA program to include a 16-month Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in California, Virginia, and Texas.
And as we celebrate occupational therapy’s achievements over the past century, it is important to note the career really began long before 1917. In fact, it began in the 1700s before anyone even knew what to call it. Discover for yourself the ideas, movements, and concepts that helped to shape the demanding profession of occupational therapy to what it has become today.
through the Years
Be Part of the Future of OT
As you can see, Occupational Therapy has come a long way and continues to mature and expand. That’s what makes now the best time to become a certified occupational therapy assistant through St. Kate’s Online OTA program. As the demand increases for OTAs, this program gives you the perfect opportunity to pave the path toward your future.
Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about how you can begin your journey towards an exciting, in-demand career as an OTA.