NBCOT Exam Pass Rates and Registration

The total number of UNE Occupational Therapy program graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2011-2013 was 89 out of 105, which is a pass rate of  85%.  The pass rate for all first and second-time test takers in 2013 was 100%. 

UNE OT NBCOT Pass Rates

Pass-rates 1st-Time
Test Takers
% Who passed
the First Time
% who passed
the first year*
National Average
1st-time pass rate
2013 41 85%  (35/41) 100% Not Available
2012 44 89%  (39/44) 100% 85%
2011 20 75%  (15/20) 100% 84%
Total 105 85%  (89/105) 100 %  

*Includes multiple attempts

NBCOT Program Performance Data


NBCOT Exam Registration

If you are interested in occupational therapy as a career, we encourage you to visit the Early Determination Character Review program at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). If you have questions or would like additional information about the character review program, please contact:

Regulatory Affairs Department
NBCOT, Inc.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Phone: 301-990-7979
Email: Info@nbcot.org
Website: www.nbcot.org

Upon earning your M.S. in Occupational Therapy, you must take the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy to become a practicing occupational therapist.  In 2012, 89% of UNE’s first-time test takers passed the exam, exceeding the national average on the test.

Application for the NBCOT National Certification Examination

The National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination is offered to graduates via computer and is scheduled “on-demand” at various testing centers across the USA. It is the student's responsibility to apply for the exam in a timely manner and to notify the testing service if he/she does not receive information. The student is responsible for all fees and required documentation. Students are required to submit official college transcripts for application to the exam. Felony convictions, professional licensure revocation and/or other convictions of negligence, malpractice, recklessness or willful or intentional misconduct may affect a candidate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT national certification exam. www.nbcot.org

Some states allow practitioners to be employed prior to taking the examination. In this case all official documentation is co-signed by a registered occupational therapist for legal and reimbursement purposes.

Application for State Licensure

Occupational therapy practitioners must apply for licensure to practice in a given state. State Licensure Board’s vary in their requirements but most require certification examination results and professional references. It is the student's responsibility to investigate the specific requirements of the state.  If reference letters must accompany licensure application, the student should discuss this with individual faculty members. Felony convictions, professional licensure revocation and/or other convictions of negligence, malpractice, recklessness or willful or intentional misconduct may affect a candidate’s ability to obtain state licensure. In some states a temporary license can be granted if the student is working pending the results of the certification examination.

Graduation Rates

Class Of Number in Entering Class Number Graduating   Graduation Rate
2014 52 47 90%
2013 48 48 100%
2012 46 46 100%