For admission into the MOT and the BSIHS/MOT tracks, applicants must meet the general college admission requirements found in the Catalog and submit:

  • An official transcript showing completion of an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from an ACOTE or regionally accredited program.
  • Evidence of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all post-secondary coursework.
  • Evidence of successful completion of the following college level courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher:
    • English Composition.
    • Anatomy and 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.
  • A written essay between 500-600 words reflecting on your experiences as an OTA to describe the following:
    • Your greatest accomplishment and its contribution to your professional growth.
    • A significant personal challenge, how it was resolved, and the learning gained from the experience.
    • Influences on your decision to become an occupational therapist.
    • Personal qualities and how they will contribute to the Cabarrus College OTA to OT program and the occupational therapy profession.  
  • Three references utilizing the Occupational Therapy Reference Form. At least one reference must be from an OT the applicant has worked with in practice and at least one reference from another healthcare professional the applicant has worked with in practice.
  • A professional resume.
  • Evidence of current OTA licensure or other regulation according to the state or jurisdiction of employment.
  • Evidence of at least one year’s employment as an OTA within the past five years. Employment must be full-time or part-time with a minimum of 20 hours per week.

As a distance education program, it is important for applicants to understand the requirements with regard to characteristics of a successful online student, necessary computer skills, and technology requirements. Therefore, 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.

For OTAs outside of North Carolina, the College must have state authorization to offer distance education in your home state before the application can be considered.

An interview may be requested for either the MOT or BSIHS/MOT tracks as part of the stepwise admissions process.

Students enrolling in the combined BSIHS/MOT curriculum track will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to progress to the master’s degree coursework. 

A criminal background screening showing a felony conviction may prohibit eligibility for future licensure, and therefore may preclude admission into the program.