NBCOT- National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Once this program is accredited, graduates of this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapist. The National Board administers this examination for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice, and state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Please note that in order to take the national certification examination the following questions will be asked:
Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a felony? (NOTE: Applicants must answer affirmatively if records, charges, or convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released or sealed.)
Have you ever had any professional license, registration, or certification revoked, suspended or subject to probationary conditions by a regulatory authority or certification board?
Have you ever been found by any court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct that resulted in harm to another?
Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university?
As an applicant to this program, you will be required to complete a background check. You must have a positive (good) report in order to matriculate into the program. Or, you must complete the Early Determination Review and provide documentation that you are eligible to take the NBCOT examination.
In the future this area will report on the graduation rates of our students. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA.
ACOTE’s web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Per the policies of the Graduate School, all credits applied toward the occupational therapy doctorate degree must be earned within a ten-year period.