For detailed information regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, please download a PDF of the OTA Academic Catalog.

Program Description

The bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), offered at Huntington University’s main campus in Huntington, Indiana, provides students with the entry level of preparation for the field of occupational therapy as an assistant who works under the supervision of an occupational therapist. The OTA graduate may enter the workforce following successful passing of the national exam or apply to a masters or doctoral program to become an occupational therapist, or use their bachelor’s degree to apply to other graduate programs such as physical therapy and speech language pathology. This OTA program is positioned to be one of the first in the country to offer the OTA at the bachelor’s level. Upon completion of the accreditation process, the program will qualify students to sit for the national certification examination in occupational therapy assistant (NBCOT). Program candidates may apply for admission in their sophomore year or earlier if they have approved transfer credit. Our goal is to provide a Christian learning environment where compassionate care is a part of serving the health and wellness needs of others.

Coursework is completed over a four-year time span with in-depth learning in designated classrooms and laboratory space. The OTA Program is located in the Dowden Science Hall on the first floor with two labs located on the lower level of the Science Hall. Students gain mastery skills in professional writing, assessment and intervention strategies, professional behaviors, commitment to life-long learning, scholarship, leadership, and technology through guided learning experiences over the eight-term curriculum.

The central themes of Huntington University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are the following:

  • Personal and Professional Life Journey (modeling faith, health, leadership, scholarship and professional service)
  • Excellence in Innovation

The mission of the occupational therapy assistant program at Huntington University is to develop practice skills that includes Christ-centered, compassionate delivery of competent, occupation-based interventions and advocacy, as well as leadership and a commitment to life-long learning.

Program Distinctives

  • The OTA profession has transitioned to two options: an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree. Huntington is leading the way to provide one of the first BS degrees in OTA.
  • Our OTA program has ties to a doctoral degree pathway option at Huntington University.
  • Rigorous coursework provides students with a comprehensive preparation.
  • The program can be completed in four years with an earned bachelor of science in occupational therapy assistant.
  • The program meets or exceeds requirements for ACOTE accreditation.
  • Integration of faith and practice is embedded in coursework.
  • Professors are licensed and experienced occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Fieldwork provides students with multiple real-world clinical experiences.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Huntington University completed Step 1 of the accreditation process, the ACOTE Letter of Intent, which ACOTE received on August 17, 2015. Submission of Step 2 Candidacy Status Application was submitted on January 14, 2016, with developing status granted April 13, 2016. In August of 2018, ACOTE approved the bachelor’s level OTA degree, and Huntington University then submitted a second candidacy application on January 15, 2019, to apply to provide the bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy assistant. On April 23, 2019, ACOTE granted Huntington University’s OTA program candidacy status for the bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy assistant. Huntington University will now proceed with the self-study, which will be submitted to ACOTE by July 1, 2019, for the next level of review. Candidates and students have an opportunity to have the accreditation status further explained by phone or in person during an onsite visit. Dr. Nicole Scheiman, OTA Program Director, is obligated to provide current and accurate information pertaining to accreditation status at Huntington University.

Additional information can be obtained from:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Ln, Ste 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-6611 Department extensions Accreditation - x2914
TDD: 1-800-377-8555
Fax: 301-652-7711

Admission Requirements for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Students will apply to the OTA program in the fall term of the sophomore year (pending the number of completed credits). To be considered for admission to the OTA Program, students must supply the following information. When this information is received, the OTA Admissions Committee will act on the application.

  • OTA Candidates must be currently enrolled at Huntington University or meet the transfer requirements. OT Candidates must achieve a grade of B- (2.67 out of 4) or better in all prerequisite courses, which must have been completed within ten years prior to application. Courses in progress need to be outlined in writing for plan of completion. Official transcripts showing completion of prerequisites with a grade of B- or better will be required prior to program matriculation.
  • OTA Candidates must complete a writing sample. This sample can be completed on site or through an approved testing site.
  • OTA Candidates must have successfully completed OT 100.
  • OTA candidates need to submit three letters of recommendation. At least one of the three recommendations required for application must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a licensed occupational therapy practitioner.
  • Students will be required to pass background and substance abuse checks at time of admission to the program in order to be eligible for fieldwork and to take the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy Assistant (NBCOT) exam. Eligibility requirements for the national exam for becoming an occupational therapy assistant can be retrieved at NBCOT, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Phone: (301) 990-7979/ Fax: (301) 869-8492
  • Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapy assistant, certified (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students will be notified of their acceptance in the OTA program during fall term of their sophomore year.

Prerequisites (Your undergraduate degree should include):
Overall GPA 3.0 or higher and prerequisite courses at B- or 2.67 or higher

 Biology with lab      3-4 semester credits
 Introduction to Psychology     3 semester credits
 Academic Writing and Research    3 semester credits
 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab    3-4 semester credits
 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (enrolled or completed)    3-4 semester credits
 Medical Terminology    2-3 semester credits
 OT 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy   2 semester credits






Transfer Students

Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program may only transfer in courses that meet core curriculum requirements and may not transfer courses in the major.

Progression in the OTA Program

Coursework is developmental in nature and requires coursework to be sequential as listed in the OTA Completion Plan. Completion of fieldwork must be completed within 24 months or two years from didactic coursework. Timeline from matriculation to graduation should not exceed six years.

Eligibility for Progression

  • Students must earn a grade of at least B- or better in each OTA course.
  • All OTA courses must be completed with a B- or better before progression into the next semester in the OTA curriculum. Individual course syllabi define evaluative components for each OTA course. If students receive a grade below a B- for an OTA course, students must step out of the program until the course is offered again. If students are unsuccessful in two OTA courses, they will be dismissed from the OTA program. This includes fieldwork courses.
  • In order to graduate from the OTA program with a bachelor’s degree in OTA, students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must provide updated documentation of current CPR certification, health insurance, immunization/screening, etc., as required by the fieldwork site.


Students must petition the dean of the University for an incomplete by submitting an incomplete grade request form. When students are granted a grade of Incomplete (I) in an OTA course, a grade of B- or better must be earned prior to the first day of the next semester’s OTA courses. If students do not satisfactorily complete the required work for the course, students will not be allowed to continue in the OTA program.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Completion Plan

The four-year program completion plan is as follows: 

Fall Year 1 17 s.h.  
SO 111 3 Principles of Sociology
EX 287 2 Medical Terminology
EN 121 3 Academic Writing and Research
OT 100 2 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
BI 111 4 Biology in the Modern World with Lab
HS 115 3 Historical Perspectives on Culture and Civilization I
January Term Year 1 2 s.h.  
Elective 2 January Term Elective
Spring Year 1 15 s.h.  
PY 111 3 Introduction to Psychology
MA 151 4 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
EX 101 2 Wellness for Life
HS 116 3 Historical Perspective on Culture and Civilization II
EN 151 3 Perspectives on Literature
Fall Year 2 16 s.h.  
BI 241 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
PY 230 3 Human Development
BR 111 3 Biblical History and Literature
CO 215 3 Public Speaking
PY 461 3 Abnormal Psychology
January Term Year 2 2 s.h.  
Elective 2 January Term Elective
Spring Year 2 17 s.h.  
BI 242 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
PL 220 3 Introduction to Philosophy
BR 333TB 3 Theological Bioethics
OT 200 2 Human Occupations
MI 285 3 Understanding the Christian Faith
__ 115 2 Artistic Appreciation
Fall Year 3 15 s.h.  
OT 300 2 Foundation of Occupational Therapy Practice
NU 350 2 Interprofessional Research
OT 301 2 Theoretical Framework of Occupational Therapy
OT 302 3 Psychosocial Factors in Occupational Therapy
NU 305 3 Pathophysiology
Elective 3 Elective
January Term Year 3 2 s.h.  
OT 306 2 Service Learning in Occupational Therapy
Spring Year 3 15-17 s.h.  
OT 311 3 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy
OT 311L 1 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab for Occupational Therapy
OT 312 3 Pediatrics Interventions in Occupational Therapy
OT 312L 1 Pediatrics Interventions in Occupational Therapy Lab
OT 313 2 Medical Documentation for Occupational Therapy
OT 314 1 Fieldwork Ia: Clinical Immersion and Competency
  1-3 Creative Studio Arts
Elective 3 Elective
Fall Year 4 15 s.h.  
OT 400 3 Adult and Older Adult Interventions in Occupational Therapy
OT 400L 1 Adult and Older Adult Interventions in Occupational Therapy Lab
OT 401 2 Management and Leadership in Occupational Therapy
OT 402 2 Technology in Occupational Therapy
OT 414 1 Fieldwork Ib: Clinical Immersion and Competency
Electives 6 Electives
Spring Year 4 12 s.h.  
OT 420 6 Fieldwork IIa: Clinical Immersion and Competency
OT 430 6 Fieldwork IIb: Clinical Immersion and Competency


Courses in Occupational Therapy Assistant