For detailed information regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, please download a PDF of the OTA Academic Catalog.
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.
- 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|Spring Year 4||12 s.h.|
|OT 420||6||Fieldwork IIa: Clinical Immersion and Competency|
|OT 430||6||Fieldwork IIb: Clinical Immersion and Competency|