Online OTA Curriculum

As a student in our Online Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, you will complete a total of 58 credit hours, consisting of curriculum specific to the OTA profession along with those covering the liberal arts and sciences (LAS). As a result, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that allows you to sit for the NBCOT® Exam which is necessary to pass to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).

Blended Learning Model

Approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), our OTA program features a unique blend of online and on-site curriculum that must be completed in-person. The online learning component, which represents 80% of the program, establishes the foundation you need to complete your in-person skills labs and fieldwork.

Curriculum Summary

The following does not include the four OTA prerequisite courses required for admission into the program. All four prerequisites are offered through St. Catherine online and can be taken alone or in conjunction with the liberal arts and science coursework prior to starting OTA coursework.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Coursework

CourseCourse DescriptionCreditsSemester Half

Semester 1

OTA 1100Foundations of Human Occupation with Lab21st
OTA 1120Role of the OTA21st
OTA 1140Psychosocial Approaches 1 with Lab22nd
OTA 1150Professional Growth and Community Engagement (service learning required)22nd
OTA 1280Level 1 Fieldwork; Experience 112nd

Semester 2

OTA 1290Level 1 Fieldwork; Experience 211st
OTA 2240Psychosocial Approaches 221st
OTA 2250Rehabilitation Practice 1 with Lab21st
OTA 2260Rehabilitation Practice 232nd
OTA 2270Pediatric Practice 1 with Lab32nd

Semester 3

OTA 2370Pediatric Practice 221st
OTA 2380Aging with Lab21st
OTA 2390Primary Care and OT22nd
OTA 2420Applied Skills with Lab22nd

Semester 4

OTA 2355Level II Fieldwork, Experience 161st
OTA 2365Level II Fieldwork, Experience 262nd
Total 40

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Coursework

Course TitleCredit HoursRecommended Semester 
The Reflective Life (RTW-W)*4Must be completed by end of Semester 1
Health Care Ethics (RTW-W)*3Semester 1
The Sacramental Life (RTW-W)*3Semester 2
Power, Inequality, and Social Change (RTW-W)*4Semester 3
Human Ecology2Semester 3
Short Story2Semester 3
Total18

*Must take 2 RTW Courses

Special note: If you have previous college experience with transferable LAS course credits, you still are required to complete The Reflective Life course and one other Reading, Thinking and Writing (RTW) course. RTW courses lay the foundation for agile, strong and consistent scholarly writing.   

Contact us to learn more about the curriculum for our associate degree OTA program.

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