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Please be aware that only complete applications will be processed. The instructions below will help you to submit a complete application.

Before you get started, we recommend attending a virtual information session.

This is not an admission requirement; however, it is strongly encouraged that you attend a campus visit day or schedule a private one-on-one meeting with an admissions coordinator.

There are 4 easy steps to apply:

1. Apply

Apply online at Within the online application, three essays will need to be completed:

Review the following video aids and complete the essays. Applicants will be scored on quality of writing, critical thinking, passion for the Occupational Therapy Assistant profession, an understanding of the Occupational Therapy settings and an understanding of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). 

  • 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. 

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $50

2. Send your transcripts and test scores

To complete your admission file, we require official transcripts from all high schools and colleges you have previously attended, as well as your standardized test scores.

Official transcripts and SAT/ACT test scores can be sent via mail or electronically to

ATTN: Office of Admissions
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
401 Medical Park Drive, Concord, NC 28025
Fax: 704-403-2077

3. Submit 2 professional references

Submit two professional references using the reference form.

Forms can be sent to us via mail, email or fax.

4. Log in to view application status

Please allow 48 hours for your application to be processed.

Once the application has been processed by the admissions team, the applicant will receive a welcome email. This will instruct you on how to log into the applicant portal to review application status and checklist for admissions.

For more information about the OTA program contact:

Britt Ellis
Phone: 704-403-3207