National Board Certification

Once you complete your coursework and required fieldwork placements, you will:

  • Receive your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree
  • Become eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) credentialing examination

Candidates should visit for information concerning the application and exam taking process.


Upon passing the NBCOT exam, you are:
  • Given the designation "Occupational Therapist, Registered" (OTR)
  • Eligible for licensure and practice in most states
Please note

Many states require initial credentialing by NBCOT as a part of licensing eligibility. While information regarding testing will be provided to students prior to graduation, the student is responsible for completing all necessary paperwork, arranging all testing, and payment of any and all fees relative to the NBCOT exam.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or attain state licensure. NBCOT offers a pre-qualification process for people who are concerned that there may be something in their background that would be an obstacle to certification. There is a fee for the process. Interested parties can contact NBCOT at

The occupational therapy program at Alvernia University helps all students to prepare for the NBCOT exam.  Many of these activities are integrated into coursework and become more intensive as the student approaches graduation.  In addition, study guides, practice examinations and seminars are available through NBCOT, AOTA and others.  The program does not recommend any specific preparatory strategy; students are responsible for the costs related to external exam preparation activities.


Alvernia University NBCOT Certification Results:

Starting in 2014 NBCOT changed the way that it reports passing rates.  The most important change is that the passing rates of all accredited occupational therapy programs are now available directly from NBCOT on the web page:




MSOT Master of Occupational Therapy