Cabarrus College is excited to announce the opening of an entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program for occupational therapy assistants (OTA's) to progress to occupational therapists (OT's). The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working OTA's with courses either all online or hybrid (online with every third weekend on-campus classes). The program will offer two tracks, a Master's in Occupational Therapy (MOT) track for experienced OTA's with a prior bachelor's degree and a combined Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies/Master's in Occupational (BSIHS/MOT) track for experienced OTA's with an associate degree as their highest educational level.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects occupational therapists to play an important role in the care of individuals with illness and disabilities, and employment is anticipated to rise faster than the average of other occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
The occupational therapy master's degree program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The College has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) to offer the Master's in Occupational Therapy degree.
Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be credentialed as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination, as well as character references and criminal record checks. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Higher education institutions must be authorized to offer distance education programs and/or courses in states other than their own. Below is a list of states where Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is either authorized and/or qualifies for an exemption: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. If your state is not listed as an authorized state, you cannot take online classes at Cabarrus College. If you are interested in applying, but the state you live in is not an authorized state, please contact Admissions to inquire if Cabarrus College is seeking authorization in your state. The College is NOT seeking authorization to offer programs in the following states: Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Accrediting Agency Information:
The Occupational Therapy Program at Cabarrus College has applied for accreditation from:
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449
ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA: 301-652-AOTA
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. D. (2012). Occupational Therapists. Retrieved October 2013, from Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Occupational-therapists.htm#tab-6