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Why St. Kate's

U.S. News and World Report ranks St. Kate’s Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) program among the top 28 in the country. It is the highest ranked occupational therapy (OT) program in Minnesota, Iowa or North and South Dakota.

Highly recognized faculty
St. Kate’s faculty are nationally recognized. We have the highest percentage of named fellows in the American Occupational Therapy Association (www.aota.org)
of any Minnesota program. The AOTA is the governing body of the OT profession, which honors professionals by naming “fellows” to recognize occupational therapists who, with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the AOTA.

Faculty who recognize You
Because our faculty represent a broad range of practice areas within OT, they have the expertise to guide you as you develop skills and specialize to work in nursing homes, hospitals, pediatric clinics, psychiatric programs, community-based programs or schools systems.

And because of St. Kate’s low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, you’ll receive individual attention from our highly acclaimed professors. They help you both gain the necessary practice skills, and enlarge your professional network and experience through volunteer opportunities, internships as well as clinical rotations that are part of the curriculum.

Join a profession that matters
Occupational Therapists are the emerging heroes of healthcare. The medical profession continually makes impressive lifesaving advances, and as a result, people are living longer. Occupational therapists help people to keep on living a good quality of life every day, even with conditions that limit them mentally or physically. And that’s a rewarding experience for OTs. They help people with chronic conditions work, continue healthy relationships and engage in activities they love so they can enjoy life.

A full range of professional degrees

St. Kate's is one of just a handful of schools nation-wide that offer the full range of OT degrees - from the associate-level Occupational Therapy Assistant to the master's -level post-professional degree. Start your education here, and we'll help you keep advancing.

Curriculum options
The Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) program provides excellent entry-level education in occupational therapy based on an occupational science and liberal arts foundation. The MAOT program prepares students to lead and influence occupational therapy practice in existing and emerging professional areas. St. Catherine's MAOT program is offered in the following formats:

  • Weekday: Enroll in a full-time, weekday program and complete your master's degree in two and a half years.
  • Weekend: Enroll in a full-time, weekend program and complete your master's degree in three years. Courses meet Friday afternoon and evening; Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. The weekend format includes a range of online learning opportunities.
  • Dual-degree program (for women only): Earn an undergraduate degree in occupational science in our baccalaureate College for Women and a master's degree in occupational therapy in five and a half years.

The MAOT curriculum is offered in two formats: a weekday format or an alternate weekend format (Friday afternoon and evening; Saturday morning and afternoon). The weekend format includes a range of online learning opportunities.

Mastery of leadership skills
The program interweaves the art and science of occupational therapy with the liberal arts and sciences to shape you into a professional who not only understands the skills of an OT, but also possesses the compassion to listen intently to patients and families and help them achieve their goals.

St. Kate’s OTs value social justice and high ethical standards. In the OT program, you’ll learn to apply principles of leadership and management, and assume professional roles involved with inquiry and applied research. And you’ll demonstrate proficiency in technology and its many uses. You’ll leave St. Kate’s a well-rounded individual, as well as a creative caregiver with leadership skills.