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The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is designed for practicing occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) seeking to become occupational therapists (OT's). Two tracks are offered:

  • The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) track is designed for experienced OTAs with a bachelor’s degree. Academic courses are hybrid and enrollment must be full-time. The MOT track includes four consecutive academic semesters and two semesters of level II fieldwork experiences.
  • The Combined Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies/Master of Occupational (BSIHS/MOT) track is designed for experienced OTAs with an associate degree as their highest educational level. Students complete undergraduate studies to earn a bachelor’s degree before transitioning to graduate studies for the MOT degree. Courses for the first 27 credits are online and enrollment can be full-time or part-time, subsequent academic courses are hybrid and enrollment must be full-time.

    The BSIHS will be awarded to students who successfully complete 123 credit hours of course work; this includes 54 general education and major credit hours at Cabarrus College and up to 69 transfer credits from an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant. For information regarding the BSIHS’s program mission and student learning outcomes, please refer to the Health Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs section of the catalog. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students will complete 49 additional graduate hours to attain the MOT degree.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to provide progressive educational experiences that inspire and prepare occupational therapy assistants to become exemplary occupational therapists.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the master's degree in Occupational Therapy will be able to:

  • Utilize the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning, and skills to become qualified entry-level occupational therapists in current and emerging areas of practice.
  • Practice client-centered, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive therapeutic services.
  • Display the professional behaviors and communication skills for successful client and inter-professional collaboration and to promote efficacy of the profession.
  • Incorporate the benefits of engagement in occupation on health and wellness throughout the lifespan.
  • Employ sound ethical behaviors, values, and attitudes that uphold AOTA’s Code of Ethics and professional standards.
  • Articulate the value of lifelong learning, professional advocacy, and leadership in a contemporary health care environment.

The Occupational Therapy program supports the profession’s fundamental belief that human beings have an innate desire to engage in meaningful occupations, and the ability to participate in such activities has a positive impact on health and well-being.  Occupational therapists therefore focus on enhancing participation in meaningful occupations through engagement in active learning experiences.  The philosophy of the Cabarrus College Occupational Therapy program is also founded on the belief that individuals learn through active engagement with their environment, and therefore, the role of the educator is to facilitate student learning through engagement in meaningful experiences.  As certified OTAs, the Cabarrus College occupational therapy students have unique and diverse experiences on which to build new knowledge and skills; and as adult learners, will benefit from self-guided, collaborative, and reflective learning experiences relevant to their professional development.

The Occupational Therapy program design includes the following themes threaded throughout the curriculum:

  • Professional Development
  • Critical Thinking/ Clinical Reasoning
  • Client-Centered Practice
  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Communication and Documentation Skills

Accreditation and Certification

The Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree Program is accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Phone Number, c/o AOTA: 301-652-AOTA
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Program performance data on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) National Certification Exam for all schools is available on the NBCOT website.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination, as well as character references and criminal record checks. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

In addition, many clinical fieldwork sites require a criminal background check and a felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to participate in fieldwork. Prior to enrolling in the occupational therapy program, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire about fieldwork placement, NBCOT Certification Examination, and licensure requirements.

Student Graduate & Certification Data

Graduation rate is defined as the total number of students graduating from a program within 150% of its published length, divided by the number of students who started the program.

Cabarrus College graduated the first cohort of Master of Occupational Therapy students (MOT and BSIHS/MOT tracks) in 2016.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating  Total Graduation Rate
   BSIHS  MOT    
2019 3/3  15/12  18/15 83%
2020 10/8  13/13  23/21 91%
2021 7/7  14/14  21/21 100%
Totals 20/18  42/39  62/57 91%

National certification outcomes will be posted by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) at as updated data becomes available.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Estimated tuition and fees for the Master of Occupational Therapy program:

Category of Cost MOT Program 2020-2021Academic Year (First year) MOT Program 2021-2022 Academic Year (Last year) Total Cost MOT Program
Tuition $ 27,900 $ 28,700 $ 56,640
Student Fee $ 770 $ 820 $ 1,590
Books & Supplies $ 1,400 $2,062 $ 3,462
Loan Fees $ 216 $ 216 $ 432
Distance Ed Fees       $ - $ - $ -
Total $ 30,286.00 $ 31,838.00 $ 62,124.00

Tuition is based on estimated 3% increase yearly.