In order to become a certified occupational therapist assistant, one must complete their associates degree in occupational therapy assisting.
This generally takes two years and is completed after the student completes high school OR obtains their GED.
Today we wanted to share a motivational story about a high school student who enrolled in a 2 year degree program early.
Marley Kunst of Asheville completed her 2 year college degree before she finished high school.
By the time she walks the stage at her high school graduation, she will have already obtained her associates degree.
Marley’s hard work and dedication is motivation for all of us. Her story can encourage prospective occupational therapist assistants who are currently studying to stay focused and complete their degrees.
“‘I’m pretty excited I’m ready to be up and out, and go into the world,” said Marley Kunst of Asheville.
Marley went on to say,
“I just had the doors wide open for me, so I’m trying to decide where I want to go after this.”
Throughout High School, Marley completed 60 college credit hours. She focused on computer programming courses.
She did all of this while also working at 2 jobs!
“I’m a workaholic,” Marley told us. “I feel like I always have to do something. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and you can’t give up at all.”
We can all learn from Marley’s success and her comments.
Working hard does pay off.
So, stay productive and keep working hard each and every day.
Set goals for your degree and career and assign timelines to them so that you can stay on track meeting your goals.
Can You Complete Your OTA Associates Before Graduating High School?
In most cases, probably not.
However, you can start working towards your OTA Associates degree during high school.
In most cases, you could complete an entire semester, or even a full year, worth of college credits during high school.
This could potentially cut the time to complete your degree in half!
Tips for completing your OTA Associates early:
- Contact local OTA associate degree programs and ask for their course curriculum.
- Find out which courses you can get credit for through your high school or a local college offering night or online courses
- Complete the requirements to obtain credit for as many courses as possible during high school
- Transfer these credits to the OTA associates program you enroll in after high school
So, there you have it.
If you are in high school and looking to become a COTA then you can start getting college credits now to reduce the time it will take to obtain your 2 year associates degree.
For anyone who has been putting off finishing their OTA associates degree, now would be a great time to choose an OTA program so you can achieve your goal.
You can read Marley’s story here.
Do you know someone who completed their OTA associates, or any other 2 year degree, before they finished high school? If so, tell us in the comments below!