Occupational Therapy Assistant

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A rewarding career – helping people overcome health challenges to live their best lives – can be yours in just two years with an occupational therapy assistant degree from Cabarrus College. Our program offers hands-on clinical experience starting your very first semester, small classes, individualized instruction and job placement assistance.


Occupational Therapy Assistant

“I really like how they take us to a lot of different settings for field work. It opens up a lot of doors and more experiences. They're very involved in seeing us get a job and really seeing us through the process. People at the college genuinely care about me, not just as a student but as a person.”

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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“The program chair starts looking for a job for you the first day class starts. That’s how ‘on it’ she is. She’s got so much experience and has so many contacts in the field and cares so much about her students that she starts planning for your job two years down the road. She is phenomenal.”

Occupational Therapy Assistant

“Cabarrus College’s OTA program sets you up for success!  I cannot say this enough!  You are well prepared for the certification exam as well as going directly into the workplace. This program works closely with students to create a trusting, caring environment where you grow as an individual as well as a professional.”

Torrie Goss, COTA/L, '20

  • In as little as two years, you can be working as an OTA 
  • 100% pass rate on certification exam (2021 data), well above the national average 
  • Student-centered instruction in small classes 
  • Hands-on clinical experience – every week – allows you to practice skills you learn in class right away 
  • Excellent opportunities to network with practicing OT professionals during clinical fieldwork 
  • Enroll full- or part-time 
  • Start in fall semester only

“I had such a good experience. The faculty really guides and teaches you. I ask ‘why’ about everything. They were able to answer my questions and just guide me to where I needed to go. And they were always willing to make one-on-one time to talk to me. They were invested as much in my education as I was.”


In just 2 years, you can be working as an occupational therapy assistant, helping people with health challenges live life to its fullest.

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In just 2 years, you can be working as an occupational therapy assistant, helping people with health challenges live life to its fullest.

Joshua Barton, COTA/L, '17

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Michelle Verni, OT, '08, '18 MOT

Moriah Nesbitt, COTA/L, '20

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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Immersive Healthcare Environment

Individualized Attention

Unmatched Clinical Experience

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!

We’re on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

8:1 student-to-teacher ratio with an average class size of 19.

Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites.

Job placement assistance and a direct pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health and elsewhere.

Small College Perks. University Quality. Affordable.

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Quality Education You Can Afford

Cabarrus College is the least expensive private college in North Carolina, delivering unrivaled value in healthcare education. Our dedicated financial aid team works individually with each student to find every grant, every loan and every bit of institutional gift aid we can offer to keep your out-of-pocket costs low. In fact, our aid packages will have you wondering why you ever thought a private college education was out of reach. Options include:

  • Cabarrus Cares Scholarship – Covers up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for students from North Carolina who enroll full time directly from high school and demonstrate financial need 
  • NC Community College Partners Scholarship – Same benefits as Cabarrus Cares Scholarship for new students who enroll full time directly from Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College or Stanly Community College, have a community college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (from the last institution attended) and demonstrate need 
  • Merit scholarships – Based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores 
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship – For new transfer students who are members of the PTK national honor society 
  • Legacy Scholarships – For new or transfer students who are dependents (as determined by the FAFSA) of Cabarrus College alumni 
  • 1942 Club Scholarship – Need- and merit-based award for students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need

  • Atrium Health Teammate Dependent Scholarship – For full-time, dependent (as determined by the FAFSA) students whose parent/guardian is employed by Atrium Health

Talk to our financial aid office for more information on these scholarships and other available aid.


of our students pass licensure and certification, far exceeding state and national averages.*


are employed within six months of graduation.*

*Based on 2023 collegewide data.

A respected leader in healthcare education, Cabarrus College provides immersive, innovative education that will prepare you to provide exemplary care for the patients and communities you serve. We are renowned for our small, welcoming environment and faculty who are more than instructors – they're mentors who will ensure you graduate ready to serve with confidence, courage and compassion.  

Situated on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers advantages you won't find elsewhere:


  • 18 degrees in 11 health science disciplines
  • Bachelor's and master's degrees in various fields
  • Diplomas and associate degrees for students who want to be working in healthcare in 1-2 years
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • Individualized instruction
  • Hands-on experience right away in clinical programs
  • Immersive, professional healthcare environment
  • Flexible with online, on-campus and hybrid programs, with full- or part-time options
  • Affordable  Generous scholarships and financial aid packages; 88% of our students receive financial aid, with awards averaging nearly $16,000 per year
  • Quality education – 97% of graduates pass certification and licensure exams, exceeding state and national averages
  • Jobs! 96% of our graduates are employed within 6 months
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Preferred access to clinical experiences at Atrium Health
  • State-of-the-art campus and facilities
  • Forgivable loan for many programs
  • Pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health