For admission into the MOT and the BSIHS/MOT tracks, applicants must meet the general college admission requirements found in the Catalog and submit the following via US mail, email, or fax:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended (excluding high school), which should include completion an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from an ACOTE or regionally accredited program.

  •  Evidence of a minimum cumulative post-secondary GPA of 3.0, which is calculated as an average from all post-secondary transcripts.
  •  Evidence of successful completion of the following college level courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher:

  • English Composition.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs.

  • Introduction to Psychology.

  • Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology.

  • Abnormal Psychology.

  • Coursework in Kinesiology and Medical Terminology are strongly encouraged.


  • Reflect on your professional experience as an OTA and generate a 700 – 900 word essay that addresses the below components.  Please use APA formatting and style per the following link, 560/01/ (Paiz et al., 2018):

  • Explain your greatest accomplishment and its contribution to your professional growth


  • Provide a specific example that illustrates how you successfully dealt with a significant challenge or adversity in your professional role.  Explain how you used critical thinking to problem-solve a successful outcome.  Reflect on what you learned from this situation and describe how you can apply it to your future role as an occupational therapist. 

  • Describe specific influences on your decision to seek a transition from the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) to occupational therapist (OT) role.


  • Reflect on your personality, attitudes, values, and beliefs, and describe a situation when you applied them based on Hagedorn’s “therapeutic use of self” definition (see below) to promote a culturally sensitive and respectful approach to client-centered occupational therapy practice.   

    • “the artful, selective or intuitive use of personal attributes to enhance therapy … the art of therapy to select aspects of one’s own personality, attitudes, values or responses which will be relevant or helpful in a given situation, … honesty, integrity and authenticity are the keys to therapeutic use of self” (as cited in Paterson, Higgs, & Wilcox, 2005)


  • The CCHS OT Program educational philosophy focuses on promoting life-long learning as an essential professional attribute, and facilitating student engagement in self-guided, collaborative, and reflective learning experiences relevant to professional development.  Based on this philosophy, describe how your learning style characteristics and adult-learner qualities will contribute to your success as a graduate level occupational therapy student.  

  • Three references utilizing the Occupational Therapy Reference Form. At least one reference must be from an occupational therapist the applicant has worked with in practice and at least one reference from another healthcare professional the applicant has worked with in practice.


  • A professional resume.  Please see the following recommended sections: 

    • Goal/Aim

    • Academic/Education

    • Scholarly Projects, Presentations, Publications, and/or Other Activities

    • Awards/Honors

    • Related Work Experience (dates; roles; responsibilities, etc.)

    • Volunteer Experience and/or Community Service Activities

    • Organization Membership and/or Leadership Activities

    • Include a description of any other experience, skills/readiness, (i.e. computer/technology skills, online learning experience, etc.), interests, etc.


  • Evidence of current OTA licensure or other regulation according to the state or jurisdiction of employment (i.e. copy of current OTA license).


  • Evidence of at least one year’s employment as an OTA within the past five years, at the time of application.  Employment must be full-time or part-time with a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

For fall 2019 admission applications (application deadline:  February 1, 2019), please use the SONISWEB instructions/criteria for submitting the application essay, resume, and references.
For fall 2020 admission applications (application deadline: February 1, 2020), please use the ABOVE bulleted instructions/criteria for submitting the application essay, resume, and references.


As a distance education program, it is important for applicants to understand the requirements with regard to characteristics of a successful online student, necessary computer skills, and technology requirements.  Therefore, to insure readiness, applicants should review the information available under Distance Education in the College catalog and/or website, and complete the online readiness assessment available on the website at:


An interview may be requested as part of the stepwise admissions process.  The College must have state authorization to offer distance education in your home state before the application can be considered. A criminal background screening showing a felony conviction may prohibit eligibility for future licensure, and therefore may preclude admission into the program.  Students enrolling in the combined BSIHS/MOT curriculum track will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to progress to the master’s degree coursework. 


Important Note for Students Who Plan to Seek Professional Licensure Outside North Carolina:

If you are considering a Cabarrus College program leading to professional licensure, prior to starting your program of study please contact applicable licensure board(s) in the state(s) you wish to practice. Cabarrus College programs meet licensure eligibility requirements in the state of North Carolina, however Cabarrus College cannot confirm whether a program meets professional licensure requirements in states other than North Carolina.  It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of North Carolina.


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website provides contact information for each occupational therapy state regulatory board.   



Paiz, J.M., Angeli, E., Wagner, Jl., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Anderson, M.,… Keck, R. (2018, February 21).  General format.  Retrieved from resource/560/1/


Paterson, M., Higgs, J., & Wilcox, S. (2005). The artistry of judgement: A model for occupational therapy practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(9), 409-417.

  showing a felony conviction may prohibit eligibility for future licensure, and therefore may preclude admission into the program.