Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Practitioners Improve Lives
Do you want to be directly involved in providing therapy to patients as they develop, recover, and improve skills needed for daily life? That is what students who earn an occupational therapy assistant degree do.
Huntington University’s accredited occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program offers an occupational therapy assistant bachelor's degree to provide our graduates with various opportunities in the workforce and/or paths to graduate school. An OTA graduate may enter the workforce upon passing the national exam or apply to a master's or doctoral program to become an occupational therapist. Graduates can also choose to use their bachelor's degree to apply to graduate school programs in other areas, including physical therapy and speech language pathology (must meet graduate school prerequisites as well).
Coursework is completed over four years, with in-depth learning in designated classrooms and laboratory space. Students gain skills in assessment and intervention strategies, professional behaviors, commitment to life-long learning, scholarship, leadership and technology, and professional writing through guided learning experiences.
To learn more about the application process and courses offered in Huntington University's OTA program, check out the OTA Academic Catalog.
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).
ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.
The first OTA class will graduate May 2020. NBCOT Pass Rates will be reported after the first OTA cohort takes their examinations. Visit the NBCOT website for pass rate information by university.
Huntington University’s baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program is accredited (As of April 9, 2020) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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OTA Salary and Job Outlook
* Data provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Want to learn more about what it takes to be an HU OTA student?
The OTA program's admission guidelines can be found in the OTA academic catalog.Take a look!
Meet the Faculty
Nicole Scheiman, OTA Department Chair/Program Director
Nicole Scheiman, a native of Huntington Indiana, graduated from Indiana University’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (OT) program in 1999. Her clinical experiences including working in the following areas: acute care, transitional care, outpatient rehab, home care, long-term care, animal assisted therapy, prevention and wellness, and as a lymphedema consultant. She continued her clinical expertise experience by earning the following clinical certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), Lymphedema Association of North American certification (LANA), Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP), Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist-Advanced (CEES-Advanced), Certified Senior Strength Trainer (CSST) and Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSST), and Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS).
In 2010, Scheiman continued her education by earning a Master’s in Health Science from the University of Florida. Furthering her leadership roles, she became the clinical coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, and then was promoted to the clinical manager of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and lastly, she became the director of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. While director she received a $300,000 grant from Florida Hospital for the implementation of the CREATION Health program. Scheiman completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with her research in the area of breast cancer rehabilitation and clinical education.