College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Do you want a career contributing to the well-being of individuals as they manage physical, mental or emotional limitations? Offered in a convenient online format – all classes meet online, with face-to-face labs and fieldwork in Minnesota and other parts of the country —the occupational therapy assistant associate degree will prepare you to make a difference in people's lives. St. Kate's OTA program, the first in the country, is a leader in the OT field.

The occupational therapy assistant program will prepare you to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

If you are applying to the OTA associate degree program, you'll first enroll as a pre-OTA student and take liberal arts and sciences (LAS) courses required for your degree. Enrollment as a "pre-" student does not guarantee progression into OTA courses.

Program Details

  • Classes meet: Online, with face-to-face labs/fieldwork
  • Location: Labs/fieldwork in Minnesota, Virginia, Texas, California
  • Credits for major: 40
  • Time to completion: 16 months

What can I do with an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree?

As a certified occupational therapy assistant, you will work with registered occupational therapists to implement a treatment or rehabilitation plan for patients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Community centers

What will I study?

The OTA degree includes more than 700 hours of directed fieldwork experience in a variety of healthcare and community settings. With small class sizes and extensive, supervised fieldwork experience, you'll work closely with faculty, engage in discussions and role-playing, build your confidence and enhance your communication and teamwork skills.

In courses such as Human Occupations, you will explore various occupations, activity analysis and learn the occupational therapy practice framework. The Clinical Conditions courses will introduce you to various clinical conditions and best practice guidelines for evidence based evaluation. In Practice Models and Professional Issues, you'll discuss evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, advocacy, reimbursement and program evaluation in the context of current global social issues.

Need extra help? St. Kate's has tutors and mentors who can help you get back into the routine of study and learning.

Learn more

Start in fall, spring or summer to take prerequisite and liberal arts courses required for the OTA degree. We are accepting applications—apply now!

Attend an information session to learn more about the OTA program, meet with your admission counselor, and find out how to get started.

Online Learning

This degree program is offered in an online format, supplemented by face-to-face lab and fieldwork hours in Minnesota, Virginia, California, or Texas. When you apply to the Online OTA program, you'll choose to complete your labs and fieldwork in one of these regions.

If you're interested in the OTA Minnesota option, request program and application information here. If you're interested in the Virginia, California or Texas options, click on the links below:

OTA Virginia | OTA Texas | OTA California

why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

Program Accreditation

St. Catherine University's occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's number at AOTA is (301) 652-2682 and its web address is

Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, they receive the title of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

NBCOT testing data is available via the NBCOT School Performance Link.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Requirements

Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Requirements

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Our faculty are experienced, supportive occupational therapy professionals, active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.