Professional Certification

Professional Certification

In order to be an occupational therapist, graduates must take and pass the Certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (NBCOT) EXAMINATION

Year Number of Program Graduates Number of first-time test takers Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam
2010 26 23 19 83%
2011 24 27 25 93%
2012 38 39 33 85%
Total 3-year 88 89 77 87%

Most states license occupational therapists. Licensure is most often dependent on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

NBCOT and State Licensing Boards have the right to refuse to grant occupational therapy certification and/or license to any individuals regardless of their educational credentials under circumstances of:

  • Falsification of application.
  • Conviction of a felony or crime of moral turpitude.
  • Other moral and legal violations specified in relevant state laws.
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(Phone) 301.990.7979
(Fax) 301.869.8492
General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100