Presently, this program is available only to students enrolling in the combined Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies/Master of Occupational Therapy (BSIHS/MOT) track in the Occupational Therapy program. This innovative Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies degree provides the knowledge, skills, and course credits needed to progress to a master's degree in occupational therapy program. Coursework focuses on leadership, science, and occupational therapy along with the general education courses needed to be successful at the graduate level. Admission to the program is offered for fall semester.

Mission

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Health Studies program is to prepare health service providers for advanced studies, leadership roles, and enhanced practice delivery in the rapidly changing and multi-professional world of healthcare.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Health Studies will be able to:

  • Describe current trends and emerging issues in delivery of healthcare services.
  • Explain the impact of pathological conditions on functional skills.
  • Articulate the healthcare needs of persons of varying ages from different communities, out-patient, and in-patient settings.
  • Apply professional theories, models, and research to clinical practice scenarios.
  • Discuss the role of the healthcare manager in today's healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss expected professional behaviors of the 21st century healthcare provider.

FAQs

The following are frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary

Health Studies (BSIHS) Program:

Do candidates for the BSIHS program have to be an occupational therapy assistant (OTA)?

Presently, the BSIHS program is specifically designed for experienced OTAs who need a bachelor completion curriculum for progression into the master’s level Occupational Therapy program.

Can I enroll in the BSIHS program without being enrolled in the combined BSIHS/MOT program?

At this time, the BSIHS program is exclusively intended for combination with the MOT curriculum, and therefore, enrollment is limited to students anticipating continuation into the graduate program.

Can I apply to the BSIHS program while I am finishing up an OTA curriculum?

Because the BSIHS program is intended for combination with the MOT curriculum, applicants must have a minimum of a full year’s professional experience as an OTA before an application will be considered. This experience may be full time or a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Can the courses be taken part-time?

Courses offered in the first two semesters of the curriculum outline are online and can be taken full-time or part-time, subsequent academic courses are hybrid and the student must be enrolled full-time.

Will students be able to work as an OTA while enrolled in the program?

The academic curriculum is designed for the working OTA. The courses included in the first two semesters of the curriculum outline are online, subsequent academic courses are hybrid with 5 weekend on campus meetings per semester.

For the hybrid courses, when will the weekend on-campus classes be scheduled?

Each hybrid course will have a 3 hour on-campus class every third weekend. Classes will be scheduled Saturdays and Sundays.

Do I need to work full-time while enrolled in the program?

The OT courses are designed to build on the professional experiences of the OTA, and therefore working at least part time is suggested to gain the most benefit from the program.

When will applications for the OT program be accepted?

Entry into the BSIHS curriculum is offered for fall only. Application timelines follow the College guidelines for all fall admissions.

Is there a time limitation for my pre-requisite courses and/or degrees?

The BSIHS/MOT curriculum emphasizes building on occupational therapy assistant experiences, and therefore, pre-requisite courses and/or degrees do not have to be completed within a specific timeframe as long as the applicant has been employed in the field.

What is acceptable evidence of employment for the application?

Applicants can provide a letter from their employer or supervisor on company letterhead to verify employment for at least one year within the last 5 years.

What is meant by state authorization to offer distance education?

Higher education institutions must obtain state authorization to offer distance education programs and/or courses in states other than their own.

How can I find out if Cabarrus College has state authorization in my state?

A list of current states in which Cabarrus College is authorized to offer distance education programs and/or courses is available. If your state is not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for additional information on its status.

What is the tuition and can I receive Financial Aid?

Tuition and financial aid for the BSIHS program is consistent for all Cabarrus College undergraduate programs. Refer to the Financial Information section of the website.

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