Department Chair: Tia Hughes
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director: Nicole Scheiman
Faculty: Vicki Case
Faculty: Erin Merritt
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program provides an environment where students can pursue technical expertise in the field of occupational therapy while developing spiritually, intellectually, and socially. The program and faculty are committed to excellence in educating competent occupational therapy assistants who have an understanding of the beliefs, values, and principles of the Christian tradition and the University’s mission of healthcare as ministry. While providing an understanding of the science of occupational therapy, it is the program’s goal to incorporate the University’s vision of an environment that supports nurturing, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship into the curriculum.
Licensure and Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of this 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. The State of Florida requires licensure to practice as an occupational therapy assistant.