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Verifying Practice Excellence Through Certification

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a national not-for-profit organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of occupational therapy practice. Above all else, our mission is to serve the public interest.

Initial certification from NBCOT is a requirement for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. We also work with state regulators and employers to provide information on credentials, professional conduct, and regulatory issues.

NBCOT's certification programs have received and maintained accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

NBCOT Pass Rates

After completion of the academic and fieldwork requirements in the OTA program, successful graduates are required to take a national certification exam through NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy). Graduates must pass this exam in order to proceed with state licensure.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Spokane Falls Community College has the following pass rates:

  • 2013: 100% Pass rate
  • 2014: 100% Pass rate
  • 2015: 100% Pass rate
  • 2016: 100% Pass rate
  • 2017: 100% Pass rate
  • 2018: 100% Pass rate

You can also view program results online on the NBCOT website.

Criminal Record and Certification

Most states require licensure in order to practice, however state licenses are usually based upon the results of the NBCOT examination. Be advised that a criminal record may render an individual ineligible to take the certification exam and consequently ineligible to practice as an occupational therapy assistant. If you have concerns pertaining to a past criminal record, you should contact NBCOT at 301-990-7979 to determine your eligibility for the exam.