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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 success of our students on the National Certification Board for Occupational Therapy Certification Exam. A link will be established to report exam results.



Number of 1st time test takers

Number of successful 1st time test takers

% of First time test takers to pass the exam