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Occupational Therapists 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 unique in the fact that the associate and bachelor degree will be earned at the same time leading to a variety of post graduation opportunities. An 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

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 check out the courses offered in Huntington University's OTA program, check out the OTA Academic Catalog


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

Admission to HU's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

This is a dual degree program: Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) associate degree and Bachelor's of Health Science. Application for the program is a two-step process.

Step 1: Students will apply as a freshman for undergraduate studies declaring the major OTA and Health Science. OT100 and OT200 are offered during freshman and sophomore year to introduce students to the OTA program.

Step 2: Students will be required to officially apply to the OTA program during the spring of their sophomore year. Students will be required to meet the following criteria for acceptance into the OTA program:

  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Prerequisites (earning a B- or 2.67 or higher per class)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I - enrolled
    • Introduction to Psychology - completed
    • Academic Writing and Research - completed
    • Medical Terminology - completed
    • Interview with OT Department- completed
    • Writing sample onsite - completed
  • Competitive high school ACT or SAT score
  • Reference information

Meet the Faculty

Nicole Scheiman, Director of OTA Program

Nicole Scheiman 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, 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 is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and is completing her Capstone Research in the area of breast cancer rehabilitation and clinical education. Scheiman began her academic career by providing guest lecturing to Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) students, then progressed to adjunct faculty, and in 2013 became the OTA program director, associate professor and Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) advisor for Adventist University of Health Sciences.

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. She goes on community service visits, by request, and embodies HU’s commitment to Christ and service. Some of her professional experiences include classroom visits, research, orientations, continuing education and soothing students during finals week!

Before transferring to HU, Hope worked at Adventist University in Orlando, FL. Hope received her professional education from various instructors. She attended West Volusia Kennel Club, American Kennel Club and has been under the direction of Brian Gisis, an animal behavior specialist, since 2013. She has also been a part of Therapy Dogs International since 2014. Hope works with several different programs and has extensive impact. She specializes in Alzheimer’s day care, adolescent behavioral centers, hospitals, shelters for the homeless, children with Autism, Paws to Read program and in the Hope Occupational Therapy Clinic.