Online OTA Associate Curriculum
As a student in St. Kate’s online Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) associate degree program, you will complete a total of 63 credit hours. You’ll start by taking 1-3 semesters of LIFE Core courses (Phase 1), followed by the 4-semester OTA professional course sequence (Phase 2). This will provide you with a well-rounded education that allows you to earn a degree and sit for the NBCOT® Exam, which you must pass in order to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
Courses are offered year-round in the winter, summer and fall semesters. You may apply for admission to start in any term.
Blended Learning Model
Phase 1: LIFE Core Sequence
You’ll start by taking 1–3 semesters of LIFE Core courses. All LIFE Core courses are provided 100% online—even those with labs! The number of semesters students take during the LIFE Core sequence varies depending on how many previous courses they transfer in, their personal preferences, and the availability of spaces in the OTA Professional Sequence (Phase 2, below).
Contact your admissions counselor to learn more about your timeline. They can review your previous college transcripts to make a preliminary plan.
Prerequisites for OTA Professional Sequence
|BIOL 2400||General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab*||4|
|IPE 1020||Medical Terminology||1|
|PSYC 1000||General Psychology||4|
|PSYC 2020||Lifespan Developmental Psychology*||4|
*If taken at another college, these courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to the start of the OTA Professional Sequence.
Supporting Course for OTA Professional Sequence
In addition to the prerequisite courses students are required to complete the following supporting course. The supporting course can be taken prior to the start of or during the first three semesters of the OTA Professional Sequence.
A minimum grade of C is required in this course
|Course||Course Name||Total Credits|
|PHIL 2440||Biomedical Ethics||4|
LIFE General Education Core
In addition to the program-required courses, students must complete the LIFE general education core curriculum. These requirements can be met with a mix of prerequisite, supporting, and additional elective courses. A maximum of two courses from the supporting course and LIFE general education core can be taken during the first three semesters of OTA coursework.
The following two courses will be available to OTA students in addition to the prerequisite and supporting courses to complete the LIFE general education core curriculum:
|LIFE Core Course||Course Name||Credits|
|CORE 1000W||The Reflective Woman||4|
|THEO 1000||Theological Questions||4|
St. Kate’s welcomes students with prior college experience. If you have completed a previous bachelor’s or A.A. degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to enrollment at St. Catherine University, you are exempt from the LIFE core curriculum requirement. If you have completed an A.A.S. or have taken courses without completing a degree, you should contact your admission advisor to find out how your previous college credits may transfer in to meet the general education core requirements. After first enrolling at St. Kate’s, however, you should plan on taking all remaining LIFE courses at St. Kate’s.
Phase 2: OTA Professional Course Sequence
After you’ve completed your LAS courses and met all prerequisite requirements, you’ll progress into phase two of your degree program, the OTA Professional Sequence. OTA courses are offered in a “cohort” format, meaning you’ll take a series of predetermined courses in a fixed, four-semester sequence.
During the OTA Professional Course Sequence, you will be expected to attend and participate in a total of 12 skills labs. These labs happen in pairs over two weekends each of the first three semesters of the sequence. During the last semester of the sequence, you will participate in 2 8-week long Fieldwork experiences. These experiences are full-time, in-person experiences.
OTA Professional Sequence: First Semester
|OTA 1100||Foundations of Human Occupation with Lab||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 1120||Role of the OTA with Lab||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 1140||Psychosocial Approaches 1 with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 1150||Professional Growth and Community Engagement with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 1280||Level I Fieldwork; Experience 1||1||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Second Semester
|OTA 1290||Level I Fieldwork; Experience 2||1||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2240||Psychosocial Approaches 2 with Lab||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2250||Rehabilitation Practice 1 with Lab||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2265||Rehabilitation Practice 2 with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 2275||Pediatric Practice 1 with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Third Semester
|OTA 2370||Pediatric Practice 2||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2380||Aging with Lab||2||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2390||Primary Care and OT with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 2420||Applied Skills with Lab||2||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Fourth Semester
|OTA 2355||Level II Fieldwork, Experience 1||6||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2365||Level II Fieldwork, Experience 2||6||2nd half of semester|