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What is the OTA National Board Exam?

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT® ) is the national certification body for occupational therapy professionals in the United States. T Currently, 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia require NBCOT initial certification for occupational therapy state regulation (e.g., licensing) (from

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the only recognized organization that provides certification for all occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants within the United States. There are two certification credentials available – the Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) or the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Certification exams are required for both credentials, as well as other educational and fieldwork requirements that must be met. The OTR and COTA exams are designed to assess the knowledge and skills required for entry level practice in the field of occupational therapy. Passing the exams does not constitute state licensing, but is one aspect of receiving a state license to practice within the field of occupational therapy. (from

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