National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination

Upon completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements of the Occupational Therapy Program, students are awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for licensure as occupational therapists. Most states require licensure to practice.

The exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered (licensed) occupational therapist (OTR or OTR/L). The graduates of the Occupational Therapy Department at The College of St. Scholastica have a high pass rate as shown below.

NBCOT Exam Graduate Pass Rates

Exam Year

2010

2011

2012

3 year total

Number of  graduates

24

25

30

79

Number of first-time test takers

24

25

30

21

Number of first-time test takers who passed 

20

21

28

69

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed

83%

 84%

93%

87%

Students with Misdemeanor or Felony Convictions:

Please note: Drinking behaviors may potentially jeopardize your education and getting into healthcare careers.

Those whose Federal backgrounds are flagged as misdemeanors, will need to file an application and pay the fees to NBCOT early in the program to begin a waiver process.    

Those with a felony conviction may not be able to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure. An individual who has a felony background and is considering entering an occupational therapy educational program, can have his/her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam (see www.nbcot.org).

Employers may have additional requirements and barriers for fieldwork and employment.