Occupational Therapy
The entry-level Occupational Therapy master's degree program is designed for practicing occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) seeking to become occupational therapists (OT's). Two tracks are offered:

1. The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) track is designed for experienced OTAs with a prior bachelor's degree. Students enter directly into graduate studies for the master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Academic courses are hybrid and enrollment must be full-time.

2. The Combined Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies/Master of Occupational (BSIHS/MOT) track is designed for experienced OTAs with an associate degree as their highest educational level. Students complete undergraduate studies to earn a bachelor’s degree before transitioning to graduate studies for the master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Courses offered in the first two semesters are online and can be taken full-time or part-time, subsequent academic courses are hybrid and the student must be enrolled full-time.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies will be awarded to students who successfully complete 120 credit hours of course work with a grade of "C" or better. This includes 51 general education and major credit hours at Cabarrus College and up to 69 transfer credits from an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant. For information regarding the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies program mission and student learning outcomes, please refer to the Health Science Bachelor's Degree Programs section of the catalog. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students will complete 46 graduate hours to attain the master's degree in Occupational Therapy.

Mission
The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to provide progressive educational experiences that inspire and prepare occupational therapy assistants to become exemplary occupational therapists.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students who graduate with the master's degree in Occupational Therapy will be able to:
  • Utilize the foundational knowledge, clinical reasoning, and skills to become qualified entry-level occupational therapists in current and emerging areas of practice.
  • Practice client-centered, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive therapeutic services.
  • Display the professional behaviors and communication skills for successful client and inter-professional collaboration and to promote efficacy of the profession.
  • Incorporate the benefits of engagement in occupation on health and wellness throughout the lifespan.
  • Employ sound ethical behaviors, values, and attitudes that uphold AOTA's Code of Ethics and professional standards.
  • Articulate the value of lifelong learning, professional advocacy, and leadership in a contemporary health care environment.
The Occupational Therapy program supports the profession's fundamental belief that human beings have an innate desire to engage in meaningful occupations, and the ability to participate in such activities has a positive impact on health and well-being. Occupational therapists therefore focus on enhancing participation in meaningful occupations through engagement in active learning experiences. The philosophy of the Cabarrus College Occupational Therapy program is also founded on the belief that individuals learn through active engagement with their environment, and therefore, the role of the educator is to facilitate student learning through engagement in meaningful experiences. As certified OTAs, the Cabarrus College Occupational Therapy students have unique and diverse experiences on which to build new knowledge and skills; and as adult learners, will benefit from self-guided, collaborative, and reflective learning experiences relevant to their professional development.

The Occupational Therapy program design includes the following themes threaded throughout the curriculum:
  • Professional Development
  • Critical Thinking/ Clinical Reasoning
  • Client-Centered Practice
  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Communication and Documentation Skills
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RESOURCES
  • 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): ncota.org
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