Occupational Therapy Practitioners Improve Lives
Earning an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) degree positions you to come alongside clients in their daily lives and make a difference. At Huntington University, our Christ-centered setting places an emphasis on God’s design of the human body and equips you with the knowledge of how it works.
HU’s accredited OTA program provides you with various opportunities in the workforce and/or paths to a graduate degree. Opportunities include:
You might be a future occupational therapy assistant if…
Your passion is to be directly involved in helping others develop, recover, and improve skills for daily life, and as an OTA, that’s exactly what you’ll do.
This HU program — the first accredited OTA bachelor's degree program in the United States — provides Christ-centered education that develops highly skilled practitioners who deliver compassionate, competent, occupation-based interventions while demonstrating leadership and advocacy skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Occupational Therapist (continued education required)
One thing I love about our OTA program is how the professors make the material applicable and hands-on. Being able to take what we learn in the classroom and apply it in the labs has helped me learn better and excel in my classes.
The OTA program at HU is a unique experience. There aren't many places, if any, that offer a bachelor's degree in OTA. The professors care about you and want you to learn and grow, and they show that by pushing you and exposing you to as many tools as they can while you are here.
The amount of resources, labs, equipment, and opportunities we have in this major is more than I could have ever asked for. The professors and head of the department have created the most creative and beneficial learning environment possible. Learning how to sacrifice my body and my knowledge for the good of people who need it most has been challenging but very rewarding and I'm very excited to get out into the real world!
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To truly assist and advocate for your future clients, you need an education that is filled with practical learning experiences.
Practical learning is built into our curriculum, and state-of-the-art equipment is the standard. The OTA program includes both in-depth classroom learning as well as dedicated laboratory space. With three labs, including a pediatric-focused lab, students receive hands-on opportunities to practice what they are learning on their peers and perfect their therapeutic techniques.
You will have built-in opportunities to practice what you learn alongside your classmates, whether it is simulating a therapeutic craft activity, partnering together to perform safe use and fitting of assistive devices, working through an older adult or pediatric assessment, or getting out of the classroom on one of our many field trips to see therapy in action.
As an OTA student, you become an official member of the American Occupational Therapy Association — a national organization demonstrating your commitment, leadership, and accountability to the profession, future clients, and your own personal learning journey. You can also participate in HU’s campus chapter: the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) Club.
This camp provides an up-close look at the occupational therapy assistant profession. During this camp, you will gain experience with the learning experiences and opportunities open to an OTA and what it’s like to be an OTA student. You will learn from and work closely with amazing OTA faculty and current students, stay overnight in a residence hall, and experience life at HU.
Why Choose HU?
Cost of Attendance
Huntington University is dedicated to providing several paths for financial assistance as you invest in your education and future. Each student’s financial aid package is unique and complements our competitive tuition. Online tools are available to help you calculate your investment.
In addition to providing you with a nationally-recognized education, we aim to help you experience the cross-section between faith and education. Discover who God wants you to be alongside a close-knit, Christ-centered community.
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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.
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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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