For admission into the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies and/or Master of Occupational Therapy program, applicants must meet the general college admissions requirements found in the Catalog and also submit:

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended (excluding high school)
  • Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from an ACOTE or regionally accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, 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 & 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.
  • References – Three (3) Professional References submitted on 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.
  • Essay - submission of a 600-700-word APA formatted essay reflecting upon your professional experience as an OTA. Essay should address the following:
    • Your greatest accomplishment and its contribution to your professional growth
    • A specific example of how you dealt with a significant challenge or adversity in your professional role to include:
      • Description of how you utilized critical thinking to problem solve for a successful outcome
      • Reflection on what you learned from that situation and describe how you can apply this to your future role as an OT
  • Resume - submission of a professionally formatted resume that includes the following sections:
    • Goal/Aim
    • Academic Education
    • Scholarly Projects, Presentations, Publications, and/or Other Professional Activities
    • Awards/Honors
    • Related Work Experience (dates, roles, responsibilities)
    • Volunteer Experience and/or Community Service Activities
    • Professional Organization Membership and/or Leadership Activities
    • Other Experience, Skills/Readiness, Interests, Etc.
  • Proof of current OTA license
  • Employment – Show evidence that, within the past five years, you have worked a full, consecutive year of employment as an OTA, at a minimum average of 20 hours per week.
    • Applicants who do not yet have one year of work experience should wait to apply the following year.
  • Students enrolling in the combined BSIHS/MOT curriculum track will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 to progress to the master’s degree coursework.
  • For admission into the MOT track, applicants must also submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of:
    • BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • College level Statistics course (preferably having a Math prefix) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or higher

    Important Notes:

    • Students enrolling in the combined BSIHS/MOT curriculum track will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 to progress to the master’s degree coursework.
    • 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.
    • To ensure readiness for attendance in a distance education program, 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 to ensure readiness.
    • 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. Currently, Cabarrus College is authorized to offer distance education in all states in the U.S.
    • A criminal background screening showing a felony conviction may prohibit eligibility for future licensure, and therefore may preclude admission into the program.

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall Semester – February 1

    Cabarrus College’s Occupational Therapy programs only enroll in the Fall. There is no Spring enrollment.


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