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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 associate of science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant do.

Huntington University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is working towards accreditation to offer a 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 may apply to a masters or doctoral program to become an occupational therapist. Graduates can also chose to use their bachelor's degree to apply to other graduate school programs.

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

NBCOT Eligibility

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, all states require licensure to practice and 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 must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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 Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been successfully granted candidacy status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) effective April 13, 2016. Huntington may now admit students into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and will proceed to the Preaccreditation Review step of the accreditation process. HU’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will be included on AOTA’s list of programs that are holding Candidacy Status. Learn more about Huntington University's ACOTE status.

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.

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Meet the Faculty

Nicole Scheiman, Director of OTA Program

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).

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.

Learn more about Professor Scheiman. 

Hope Scheiman

Hope is a certified therapy dog that lives at Huntington University with the objective of providing students, visitors, staff, and faculty with affection.

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