Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the University of New England Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 4-year period of 2016-2019 was 195, with an overall graduation rate of 94%.

Class of Number entering/graduation class Graduation rate
2019 54/51 94%
2018 53/53 100%
2017 54/49 90%
2016 50/46 92%
Total 211/199 94%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online NBCOT Program Performance Data.

UNE OT NBCOT Pass Rates

Class of Percent who passed the first year*
2019 100%
2018 98%
2017 100%
2016 100%
Total 95.5%

*Include multiple attempts

A felony conviction may affect a student’s eligibility for certification and credentialing. Please refer to the NBCOT website to determine eligibility. 

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.
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
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.

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.

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