Instructors: Nicole Scheiman, DrOT, MHS, OTR/L (Director); Deborah Fitzcharles, MSHS, COTA

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

Program Description

The associate 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. Huntington University’s OTA program is unique in the fact that the dual-degree associate and bachelor degree will be conferred at the same time leading to multiple opportunities for the graduate. 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. This OTA program will be positioned to be one of the first in the country to offer the OTA at the bachelor’s level (ACOTE standard revisions projected for 2019). 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. 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 Associate of 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 is transitioning to 2 options: an associate degree or a bachelor degree. Huntington is leading the way to provide a combined AS and BS degree.
  • The OTA program is the only national program with 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 associate in science in occupational therapy assistant and a bachelor of science in health science degree.
  • 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 with earned master’s degrees or higher.
  • Fieldwork provides students with multiple real-world clinical experiences.

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.


Students compliant with grade requirements and OTA program policies and procedures as documented in the student manual will advance toward graduation through satisfaction of each semester requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The OTA requires the completion of 66 credit hours for the associate in science in OTA and a cumulative 128 credit hours for the bachelor of science in health science in a sequenced four-year outline.  Fall and spring semester course loads are about 17 hours each semester. The final semester of year four involves 12 hours total for fieldwork, which is completed at a fieldwork site at a designated clinical site off campus. 

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant and Bachelor of Science in Health Science Completion Plan

The four-year program completion plan is as follows: 

Fall Year 1 16 s.h.  
SO 111 3 Principles of Sociology
EX 287 1 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 Assistant
OT 311L 1 Applied 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