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 professional challenge, how it was resolved, and the learning gained from the experience.
    • Influences on your decision to become an occupational therapist.
    • Your personal qualities that 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.

For admission into the MOT track, applicants must also submit official transcript(s) indicating completion of:

  • The BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A college level Statistics course (preferably having a Math prefix) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.

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 your 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.

Important Note for Students Who Plan to Seek Professional Licensure Outside North Carolina

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.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website provides contact information for each occupational therapy state regulatory board.