The following are frequently asked questions about the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program:
When will the OT program start?
The Occupational Therapy program is scheduled to begin August 2014.
Do candidates for the OT program have to be an OTA?
Yes, the Cabarrus College OT program is designed specifically for experienced OTA's to progress to entry-level master's degree OT's.
Can I apply to the OT program while I am finishing up an OTA curriculum?
Applicants for the OT program 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 part-time with a minimum of 20 hours per week.
How long will the program take?
The OT program will have two tracks:
- The MOT track for OTA's already with a bachelor's degree will take 2 years of full time academic coursework and Level II Fieldwork;
- The BSIHS/MOT track for OTA's with an associate degree as their highest educational level, will take 3 years for full time academic coursework and Level II Fieldwork.
Can the courses be taken part-time?
- The MOT track must be taken full time because of its integrated sequence of academic courses.
- In the BSIHS/MOT track, students may enroll part-time for the first 2 semesters; however, each subsequent semester must be full-time.
Will students be able to work as an OTA while enrolled in the program?
The academic courses for the proposed OT program are designed for the working OTA, with online and hybrid courses meeting every third weekend (5 times a semester). Level II Fieldworks are scheduled for full-time business hours; however, part-time fieldwork is an option pending availability of a fieldwork site.
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?
Applications for the OT program will open January 2014 for the fall semester. At this time, admission into the OT program will only be offered for fall semesters.
What is the deadline for applications?
Provided applications for the OT program open January 2104, application review will begin February 1, 2014 and continue until the program is full.
When will candidates be notified about acceptance into the OT program?
The first letters of acceptance will be mailed as early as March 15 for applications received by February 1.
Is there a time limitation for my pre-requisite courses and/or degrees?
The OT program 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 does ACOTE Candidacy status mean?
Candidacy status indicates a new program is in the process of receiving initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), but is not accredited yet. ACOTE accreditation includes the following three steps:
- Step One: ACOTE reviews the new program application to either accept or deny Candidacy status. Receiving Candidacy status indicates the resource allocation and plan for development of the proposed program appear to demonstrate the ability to meet ACOTE Standards, and students can be admitted.
- Step Two: The program submits a Report of Self Study detailing it's compliance with the ACOTE Standards for review.
- Step Three: ACOTE conducts an on-site evaluation of the program.
If the program has demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACOTE Standards, it is granted initial accreditation.
Cabarrus College has successfully completed step one and has been designated with Candidacy Status. Step two of the accreditation process will be complete by December 2014. A final accreditation decision is scheduled to be made by ACOTE in December 2015 after an initial accreditation visit is conducted.
What is the tuition?
Tuition for the Master's in Occupational Therapy program will be $7,828 per semester.
Can I receive Financial Aid while enrolled?
Currently Cabarrus College is seeking approval from the Department of Education to offer financial aid to students enrolled in our graduate degree program. Once approval is granted students who have completed current FAFSA forms and provided all requested documents will be awarded financial aid only after they have been accepted into the program, paid the tuition deposit and the registrar has evaluated transfer credits.
Students should complete a FAFSA each year they wish to apply for financial aid as instructed at: http://www.cabarruscollege.edu/financial/how_to_apply.cfm
- American Occupational Therapy Association: aota.org
- American Occupational Therapy Association - Student Pages: aota.org - Students
- National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy: nbcot.org/
- North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy (NCBOT): www.ncbot.org/
- North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA): nbcot.org