Occupational Science & Technology

Occupational Therapy Program Professional Certification & Graduation Rate


Professional Certification

The National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing the certification process for the occupational therapy profession. Students in occupational therapy are required to pass the certification exam after completion of coursework and field experience. The link below will take you to the web page that displays the passing rates of new OT Masters-Level graduates taking the NBCOT certification examination for programs in Wisconsin and other states.

NBCOT passing rates: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx/.

Graduates of the master’s program who complete Level II fieldwork successfully may sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Candidates for the NBCOT Certification Examination will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies when applying for the exam. For further information on these limitations and other certification requirements, contact NBCOT at www.nbcot.org or The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, the Eugene B. Casey Building, 800 S. Fredrick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersberg, MD 20877-4150, (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


Graduation Rate

The graduation rate for students completing the MS degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010, 2011, and 2012 is 95%.