Online OTA Program Overview

St. Kate's Online OTA students studying together.

Our online associate degree in occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program applies a blended learning model, comprised of 80% online and 20% on-site curriculum.

Through this blended approach, you can expect a well-rounded education that provides the knowledge, skills, and job readiness to sit for the NBCOT® Examination for OTA certification.

As you complete the program, you’ll have the support you need to become a certified OTA with the help of experienced instructors, a solid curriculum and your cohort of peers in the program.

The online aspect is a big value for me. I 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.

Liliana Garcia-Reyes, Class of December 2019

The length of our program depends on your previous level of educational experience and what credits you hold that may be able to be applied to the online OTA program. Our admissions team will review your previous transcripts and help you determine what requirements and prerequisites you may need to complete to be eligible to enroll.

The curriculum option you choose may also affect the length of the program — so be sure to ask our admissions team about how to customize the curriculum to fit your needs.

How the Online OTA Program Works

  • Online courses let you learn at times and in locations that best suit your needs, but must be completed within a set timeframe.
  • 8 skills labs let you apply your knowledge in the six core OT practice areas. These occur once every 3–4 weeks in California, Minnesota, Texas, or Virginia. Our admissions team can help you determine which site may be best for you to travel to, as you will need to complete these labs in person.

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In other words, you don’t have to live in California, Minnesota, Texas, or Virginia to participate in our OTA program; you can complete the curriculum from anywhere. You just have to be willing to travel to our skills lab locations within one of these states 8 times during the program. Some of the labs can be completed virtually, so be sure to talk to our admissions team to find out what kind of lab experience will be best for you.

  • Supervised fieldwork will be completed to help you practice your coursework in both real-world and simulated settings.

My first fieldwork was at a skilled nursing facility, and my instructor was very helpful. My fieldwork instructor gave me the ability to have confidence in myself to take on a session. Fieldwork was very important to me because it allowed my cohort to learn from our experiences.

Liliana Garcia-Reyes, Class of December 2019

  • 7-week study plan through our optional NBCOT Prep Coaching Program helps prepare you to sit for the exam and become certified after graduation.

While it is a big test, it also opens the door for you to begin a fulfilling career changing lives as a certified occupational therapy assistant. We understand that taking an exam might be stressful, which is why we work so hard to prepare you to sit for the NBCOT confident in your abilities.

The program allowed me to think critically, especially with the material we went through. St. Kate’s prepared me to take the NBCOT, and I was ready to take it when I scheduled it. I did well because of faculty and lab instructors who prepared me to take the boards and feel competent enough to pass.

Liliana Garcia-Reyes, Class of December 2019

While you can expect to put a lot of time and energy into the program, our small student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll receive personalized attention and support every step of the way.

Contact us to learn more about our associate degree in occupational therapy.

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