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For admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Science Degree program, applicants must meet the general college admissions requirements which include application, application fee, SAT/ACT scores and 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 3 essays and review the following video aids. Completing the essays will put you one step closer to being reviewed for admission into the program. Applicants will be scored on quality of writing, critical thinking, and an understanding and passion for the Occupational Therapy Assistant profession.
    • Video Aids
    • Essay Writing Prompts (Please complete all 3 essays during the online application).
      • Reflect on the different settings within the Occupational Therapy profession. Which setting appeals to you the most and why?
      • Many OTA clients often feel physically, mentally, or emotionally powerless. In 300 words or less, describe a time you may have felt powerless. What did you do to overcome the feeling of powerlessness and what did you learn from the situation?
      • List 2-3 ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) that you perform on a daily basis (ex. eating, dressing, taking a bath, etc.). In 300-500 words, please explain how you would adapt if you could no longer perform these ADLs. 

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 1

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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"During my two years at Cabarrus College, I felt like my instructors really cared about my success in the program and always made time for me when I needed it. They pushed me to grow outside of my comfort zone and went out of their way to provide unique opportunities to grow my skills." - Brandon Calvert, COTA/L, '21

"After four years at a university, I felt prepared for a job; but after two years at Cabarrus College, I felt prepared for a meaningful career. Cabarrus College OTA program offered me so many opportunities to network and grow. Almost a year after graduation and my professors still support me and offer guidance as a transition from a student to a professional in Occupational Therapy."  Brittany Turney, BS, COTA/L, CTRS/L, QP '21, Hinds Feet Farm Allied Health Coordinator

"The Cabarrus College of Health Sciences OTA program prepared me as a healthcare professional  by teaching me how to provide reliable care to clients while also insuring their well-being and safety. The program was able to place me in a variety of fieldwork opportunities allowing me to better assess which setting was right for me." Trevor Atwood, COTA/L, '21, Select Physical Therapy