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Why St. Kate’s

St. Kate’s OTA associate degree was the first in the nation and has been educating certified occupational therapy assistants for more than 45 years. We have a reputation for excellence: employers actively seek our graduates, and 90 percent of St. Kate’s OTA graduates have jobs using their skills within six months of graduation.

Enjoy career options far and wide

OTAs can work in a variety of settings from hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and assisted living facilities to schools, community centers, rehabilitation centers and homes.

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow 21.5 percent in the decade ending in 2016 according the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Develop your leadership skills

Developing leadership skills is a foundation for all St. Kate’s degree programs. OTA students take a Group Dynamics and Leadership course in which they develop personal leadership statements that reflect St. Kate's Leadership Statement.

OTA graduates have put their St. Kate’s inspired leadership skills to use in communities by seeing and filling gaps, such one recognized by an OTA graduate who filled the gap by creating a special-needs day-care center.

Grounded in social justice and ethical principles

As a graduate of the St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you will not only acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to competently provide services to clients, you will also have developed leadership skills, an appreciation of diversity and you will be able to view your clients and your world through a lens of human dignity, stewardship, community, common good and ethical principles.

Experience a relationship-centered education

Small classes allow St. Kate’s OTA students to interact with faculty. Instead of listening to lectures, St. Kate’s students actively engage in discussions and role-playing.

By simulating the work environment, students practice their skills on role-played clients in the classroom where they can ask questions, make mistakes and learn. They become comfortable with their professional roles before they work with actual clients.

Move up the career ladder

St. Kate’s offers a dual bachelor/master’s degree program in occupational therapy to which you can apply if you want to continue your education in OT.

Unique community learning

Our students participate in a signature course offering called Transcultural Learning Through Community Connections, which integrates health care skills and knowledge into a community learning experience.

Classes are combined with fieldwork

In St. Kate’s OTA program, you’ll be prepared for a successful career through creative, hands-on experiences. In our “learn-it-and-use-it” fieldwork model, you’ll apply new skills with clients in a variety of real-world OT settings across the Twin Cities.

Putting technology to work

While OTA careers are naturally people-centered, St. Kate’s OTA students also learn to manage technology.

Throughout your courses, you will capture your role-plays and assignments on video and develop an electronic portfolio of yourself in action. Not only do you observe your growth throughout the program, you also graduate with a DVD résumé in hand — a smart tool you can share with potential employers.