Frequently Asked Questions

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 OTA's who need a bachelor completion curriculum for progression into the master's level OT 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?
Enrollment the first two semesters of the BSIHS program can be full-time or part-time, the two subsequent semesters require full-time enrollment.

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 are online, and the courses included in fall semester II and spring semester II are hybrid with every third weekend on-campus meetings.

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.

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 the 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 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 in Distance Education. 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 with all Cabarrus College undergraduate programs. Refer to the Financial Information section of the website.

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