Cabarrus College is a place where everyone knows your name. With small classes and low student-to-faculty ratio, your instructors get to know you and are committed to helping you succeed, while you’re here and after you graduate.
Take advantage of opportunities to get involved on campus including: programs, activities, clubs and volunteer opportunities. These are great ways to get connected, build leadership skills, meet friends, network, and have fun!
Concord’s bustling downtown is nearby and Charlotte, the region’s largest city, is just 30 minutes away.
A View Into Student Life at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Activities and Events
Convocation ceremonies are held each fall to mark the beginning of the school year. Led by students, faculty and staff, Convocation marks the beginning of your Cabarrus College experience. You’ll learn about the college's core values of caring, commitment, teamwork and integrity. You’ll be introduced to how Cabarrus College will help you gain the knowledge and skills to become a culturally competent health care provider.
Throughout the year, Student Affairs offers various programs and activities which respond to the changing needs, interests and welfare of our students.
- Fall Festival
- Halloween Social
- Spring Picnic
- Angel Tree Project
- Blood Drives
- Constitution Day
- Open forums with the President, Dean and Provost
- Craft and DIY events
- Student lunches and coffee breaks
- Personal development workshops (e.g. leadership skills, financial wellness, resume writing, etc.)
- Student success workshops (e.g. time management, overcoming test anxiety, study skills, etc.)
- Volunteer Community Service Projects
Clubs and Organizations
Cabarrus College's student organizations provide you with opportunities for social, moral, intellectual, cultural and leadership development. Getting involved is a fun way to build strong relationships with fellow students and faculty, learn more about your intended profession, and help others within the community. In addition to the clubs and organizations listed below, you may also wish to participate in a college task force or committee. For more information, contact the advisor of Student Government, Sherry Hamilton. Please contact each organization's advisor for the location and time of meetings.
The Black Student Association of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is dedicated to needs, concerns, and the progress of the diverse population of the college community. The Black Student Association will work with the College in assessing and addressing the needs of the diverse population while supporting the implementation and sustainability of college-wide effort to enhance cultural competence in healthcare delivery.
All members of the student body are eligible for membership into the BSA. All prospective members of the BSA are strongly encouraged to be cognizant of their origins or shall familiarize themselves with the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the diverse community. In keeping with the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences policy of non-discrimination, The Black Student Association does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and physical or mental disability.
CCANS is a local chapter of the National Organization of Student Nurses, which strives to:
- Aid in the development of student nurses as truly democratic citizens and future leaders of the nursing profession by broadening their horizons as individuals and as members of a group.
- Promote professional and social unity among student nurses.
- Convey standards of professionalism, accountability and ethical behavior within the nursing profession.
- Stimulate the understanding of and create an interest in graduate professional nursing organizations.
- Serve as a channel of communication between the student nurse organizations and the various units of the graduate professional nurses' organizations.
Membership in the Cabarrus College chapter is voluntary, open to all enrolled pre-nursing, ADN, TBSN, ABSN, and MSN students. There is no payment required for membership dues; however, membership in the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students (NCANS) or National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) requires payment of annual dues.
CCANS holds monthly meetings and sponsors student functions as well as fundraisers and service projects for our local community. Past service projects have supported CVAN (battered women's shelter), the college Angel Tree Project and the Church of God Children’s Home. Members are invited to attend the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students Annual Conference.
This nondenominational organization provides spiritual guidance and fellowship opportunities for all interested students.
CSU activities include fundraising efforts to finance club projects, such as Operation Christmas Child. Members also volunteer their time and participate in various community service projects.
Membership in MASO is open to all medical assisting students and supports and enhances the academic experience at Cabarrus College. MASO promotes the profession and seeks to continually improve the knowledge and skills of its members.
MASO holds monthly meetings during the academic year. The members' biggest focus is fundraising. In the fall semester, the focus is raising money to participate in the college Angel Tree Project and various other benefits to the community. In the spring semester, fundraising helps the MASO members attend the State Medical Assisting Conference held in April each year. At each state conference, MASO members participate in the College Quiz Bowl. MASO also gives back to the community by participating in various volunteer opportunities such as the hospital health fairs, dermatology office skin checks, blood drives, etc.
The Social Media Club of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences will provide students a voice to express themselves and their programs on social media. The Social Media Club will work with the College in assessing and addressing the needs of diverse populations while supporting college-wide marketing efforts that enhance the College’s image on social media platforms.
All members of the student body are eligible for membership into the Social Media Club. All prospective members of the Social Media Club are strongly encouraged to be cognizant of the College’s social media policy. In keeping with the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences policy of non-discrimination, the Social Media Club does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and physical or mental disability.
SGA is the leadership umbrella over all student clubs and organizations. Membership is open to all Cabarrus College students. SGA promotes self-governance and provides students with a voice in the college's decision-making process. SGA also allows students from all academic programs to come together to plan events and services for the college.
SGA hosts monthly events including social, educational and community service activities. Past events have included the Fall Club Fair, a canned food drive, ice cream and coffee socials, craft activity events and a study tip activity. SGA also participates in our annual Angel Tree Service Project, Fall Festival and Spring Picnic.
The Student Occupational Therapy Association is open to all Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Occupational Therapy (OT) program students or current students who are interested in enrolling in the OTA program. The purpose of the organization is to promote the occupational therapy profession and provide service to the community through student activities. Students are encouraged to influence current issues affecting the occupational therapy profession through their involvement in the Annual National Student Conclave and the annual North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association conferences and events. Membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association and the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association is recommended.
SOTA holds regularly scheduled meetings both during the week and on weekends to accommodate the needs of all Occupational Therapy (MOT and OTA) program students. Informative guest speakers and events are scheduled at least once a semester for both the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy master’s level students. Members are active in the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association and participate in fundraisers and promotion of the profession.
Membership in STSA is open to all surgical technology students. STSA was developed to foster interest in the field of surgical technology and to promote the profession by encouraging participation at the state and national level.
STSA meetings feature guest speakers, equipment demonstrations and programs about new advances in surgical technology. The group also participates in community service activities such as providing Christmas gifts for local underprivileged children and Walk From Obesity. Members are invited to attend the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) state and national conferences.
Honor Societies - Encouraging the pursuit of academic interests.
The Beta Delta Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes leadership, scholarship and service among two-year college students. Students who have completed at least 12 semester hours in a degree program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible to join. Members must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher and submit membership dues to remain in good standing. Graduates who are in good standing (i.e. have maintained the academic requirements and are current with society dues) are eligible to wear a ΦΘΚ honor cord as part of the graduation regalia.
New members are formally inducted into Phi Theta Kappa during our Spring Induction Ceremony. Members are encouraged to participate in various community service projects such as Hats for Hope, Project Graduation and our Big Sister & Big Brother mentoring program.
Lambda Nu, the National Honor Society for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, chartered a local North Carolina Gamma Chapter at Cabarrus College to recognize academic achievement within the Medical Imaging discipline. This chapter is open to students and alums with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after completing 12 credit hours in the program. For verification of eligibility, contact the advisor. Members in good standing are eligible to display the green and maroon ΛΝ honor cords as part of the graduation regalia.
New members are formally inducted into Lambda Nu during our Induction Ceremony. Club members are also involved in various Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.
The local Sigma Theta Tau Chapter amended its charter in April 2018, when Wingate University joined with Cabarrus College to become the Upsilon Mu at-Large Chapter. The chapter strives to uphold the mission of Sigma: “developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.” Sigma supports this through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people. Membership to the Upsilon Mu at-Large Chapter is by invitation to baccalaureate and masters nursing students who: demonstrate excellence in scholarship (cumulative GPA 3.00 or higher); have completed at least half of the baccalaureate nursing program curriculum; and rank in the highest 35 percent of their BSN graduating class. Nurse leader membership is offered to RNs in the community who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing or other disciplines and demonstrate achievement in nursing.
Upsilon Mu sponsors the Fall Nursing Research Institute and the Spring Research Forum, both held annually.
Student Success Coaches
Each Cabarrus College student is assigned a success coach. All success coaches are full-time professionals trained in various aspects of student development and services. Success coaches are available Monday through Friday and can assist you with a variety of your needs, including:
- Note-Taking Skills
- Study Skills
- Test-Taking Tips
- Reading Techniques
- Time Management Tips
- Assistance with Advising
- Assisting you with the grievance and appeals process.
- Guiding you through the accommodations process.
- Self-Care Strategies
- Assisting you with building social connections
- And more!
Today's 21st century health care provider must be prepared to understand the attitudes, beliefs and health behaviors of diverse populations and appropriately respond with culturally competent patient-centered care.
Your journey toward cultural competence begins during your first semester through volunteer and classroom activities designed to help you develop an awareness and knowledge of other cultures. During successive semesters, your volunteer activities, combined with classroom instruction, will help you further expand your cultural knowledge and skills.
Volunteer requirements may vary depending on your program and the degree you are seeking. Please consult the newest edition of the Volunteer Handbook and the Approved Volunteer Community Service Agencies List for the requirements you will be expected to meet.
Throughout the year, information on specific volunteer projects will be made available via email. Many of these projects are sponsored by Cabarrus College clubs and student organizations.
All baccalaureate, associate degree and diploma programs have a volunteer community service requirement. Many of the clubs and organizations offered at Cabarrus College provide opportunities to meet this volunteer requirement.
How to volunteer and track hours
- Select an agency listed in the Volunteer Handbook (see Appendix A - Approved Volunteer Community Service Agencies). You must select an agency from this list unless otherwise stated by your instructor. If you are enrolled in an online program and do not live within the college's service area, consult with your program chair to identify comparable agencies within your community.
- Seek approval from instructor. Some academic programs and/or courses may have specific volunteer requirements for their students. Please reach out to your instructor before signing up for a volunteer opportunity to ensure that the site will meet your program’s requirements.
- Call the agency to volunteer. Whenever you contact an agency, identify yourself as a Cabarrus College student. While on site, keep in mind that you are serving and representing the good works of the college and must act in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
- Complete the Volunteer Community Service Verification Form. Each semester, complete the Volunteer Community Service Verification form and return it to your instructor no later than Monday of week 15 (see Form A in the Handbook). This form must be filled out completely and include a signature of an agency representative. Your grade will not be finalized and you will not be able to progress to the next program course until this form has been submitted and verified.
- Create "Pro Bono Record" in SonisWeb.
To create a "Pro Bono Record" in SonisWeb, please take the following steps once you are logged in:
- Click on the "Pro Bono" icon located at the top of the screen.
- Click on the "Add" button.
- Enter "Organization" and "Supervisor" names.
- Enter the number of Volunteer Community Service Hours completed at this location. If you did not complete all five of your Volunteer Community Service Hours for the same organization, you will need to add an additional experience.
- Hours should represent the number of service hours worked.
- Start date should indicate the date you began your experience.
- Stop date should indicate the date you completed the hours of your experience. You can have the same "Start" and "Stop" date.
- Click the "Submit" button to record your experience.
- The final step in the process is to accept the terms and conditions by clicking the check box and "Submit" at the bottom of the page. Today's date now appears next to the checkbox.