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 71 credit hours. You’ll start by taking 1-4 semesters of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses (Phase 1), followed by the 4-semester OTA professional course sequence (Phase 2). You’ll receive a well-rounded education that allows you to earn a degree and sit for the NBCOT® Exam, which is necessary to pass to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
Courses are offered year-round in Winter, Summer and Fall semesters. You may apply for admission to start in any term.
Blended Learning Model
Approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), our OTA degree 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.
Phase 1: Liberal Arts and Sciences Sequence
You’ll start by taking one to five semesters of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses. All LAS courses are offered 100% online – even those with labs! The number of semesters students take during the LAS sequence varies, depending on how many previous courses they transfer in, their personal preferences, and 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
Before progressing into the OTA Professional Sequence courses, you must (a) have a 2.5 grade point average across the four LAS prerequisite courses listed below, and (b) complete each prerequisite course with a grade of C or better. Earning a C in all courses will not meet the 2.5 prerequisite GPA requirement.
|BIOL 2400||General Anatomy and Physiology with Lab*||4 credits|
|IPE 1020||Medical Terminology||1 credit|
|PSYC 1000||General Psychology||4 credits|
|PSYC 2020||Lifespan Developmental Psychology*||4 credits|
*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.
Other LAS course requirements
These courses must also be completed before students start the OTA Professional Sequence:
LAS Course Requirements
|CORE 1000W||The Reflective Woman||4 credits|
|ECOL 2000||Human Ecology (or any LAS course)||2 credits|
|ENGL 2100 or ENGL 2500||Prose and Poetry, Short Story (or any literature course)||2 credits|
|PHIL 2030W||Healthcare Ethics||3 credits|
|SSCS 2040W||Power, Inequality and Social Change||4 credits|
|THEO 2040W||The Sacramental Life||3 credits|
Strong scholarly writing is an essential element of success in your studies and profession. As part of our commitment to educate to lead and influence, St. Kate’s associate degree programs use a system to teach and learn writing entitled RTW. This system connects critical reading, thinking and writing in order to achieve excellent scholarly and professional communication.
Students must complete two Reading, Thinking and Writing (RTW) courses. You’ll satisfy the RTW requirement by taking CORE 1000W and Theology 2040W (or one additional RTW course, if you’ve already taken Theology). All students must take two RTW credits with St. Kate’s – regardless of the number of transfer credits accepted.
St. Kate’s welcomes students with prior college experience. Contact your admission advisor to find out how your previous college credits may transfer in to meet LAS course requirements. Courses taken at other colleges may not be used to satisfy the CORE 1000W requirement. After first enrolling at St. Kate’s, however, you should plan on taking all remaining LAS courses at St. Kate’s.
Students with previous bachelor’s degrees
Students with bachelor’s degrees need only complete two LAS courses, CORE 1000W and THEO 2040W, and must meet the two-course RTW requirement.
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 take place once per month over each of the first 3 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 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 1120||Role of the OTA||2 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 1140||Psychosocial Approaches 1 with Lab||2 credits||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 1150||Professional Growth and Community Engagement||2 credits||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 1280||Level 1 Fieldwork; Experience 1||1 credit||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Second Semester
|OTA 1290||Level 1 Fieldwork; Experience 2||1 credit||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2240||Psychosocial Approaches 2||2 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2250||Rehabilitation Practice 1 with Lab||2 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2260||Rehabilitation Practice 2||3 credits||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 2270||Pediatric Practice 1 with Lab||3 credits||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Third Semester
|OTA 2370||Pediatric Practice 2||2 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2380||Aging with Lab||2 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2390||Primary Care and OT||2 credits||2nd half of semester|
|OTA 2420||Applied Skills with Lab||2 credits||2nd half of semester|
OTA Professional Sequence: Fourth Semester
|OTA 2355||Level II Fieldwork, Experience 1||6 credits||1st half of semester|
|OTA 2365||Level II Fieldwork, Experience 2||6 credits||2nd half of semester|