For admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Science Degree program, applicants must meet the general college admissions requirements found in the Catalog and also submit the following:

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcript showing evidence of successful completion of the following high school or college level courses with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or higher:
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
  • Standardized test scores:
    • Minimum SAT critical reading score of 430/Math score of 380
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 18
  • Two (2) professional references on the college reference form.
    • If you have been enrolled in another Occupational Therapy Assistant program within the last five years, one reference must be from a program official or faculty member at the institution attended
  • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation in three different Occupational Therapy settings, with three different occupational therapy professionals who are not immediate or extended family members.
    • Observation Hours must be documented on the college observation hours form by a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) or Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA/L). Forms completed by unauthorized individuals will not be accepted.
    • Applicants may select from one of the many facilities in the Concord area, or from out-of-state facilities, but forms must be signed by an Occupational Therapy professional.
    • Observation hours must be completed for an application to be reviewed for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Important Notes:

  • Your application will not be reviewed until all application requirements have been received.
  • Science courses must have been taken within the past five years to qualify for transfer credit

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester – February 1st

This program only enrolls during the fall

Applications are accepted after the priority deadline until programs are full.

North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS):

For students who are North Carolina residents and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.

  • Full-time students eligible for $3,000 to $10,000 loan, depending on program.
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“Cabarrus College provided me with a wide array of volunteer, school, and community involvement activities to help develop my professional, educational, and leadership skills to become a well rounded OTA student and future OTA. All staff at Cabarrus College are willing to go above and beyond to ensure you are successful. The OTA program provides students with coursework that challenges critical thinking and provides knowledge of all different occupational therapy settings to prepare you for your job as a COTA. Each OTA instructor has worked in the field of occupational therapy allowing instructors to teach through their experiences providing extra real world knowledge to course material. I came to Cabarrus College as a student and left as part of the Cabarrus College family!” - Haley Shore, 2019 Graduate

“I have a four-year degree and have worked a lot of jobs but, nothing prepared me for a career like Cabarrus College.” -  Maddison Wood, COTA/L Class of 2019

“You walk onto campus and everywhere you see a smiling face.” - Sarah Ours, Class of 2019

“I felt very prepared and confident to take the certification examination.” -  Peyton Nance, Class of 2019