Occupational Science & Technology
Occupational Therapy Program Professional Certification & Graduation Rate
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 chart below presents the passing rate for the most recent three calendar years for new graduates taking the NBCOT certification examination within one year of graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. The number of program graduates is included as well as three year average passing rate.
|NBCOT Information||2010||2011||2012||3 year total|
|Total number of program graduates||32||25||32||89|
|Total number of program graduates who took the NBCOT certification within one year of graduation.||33||19||32||84|
|Total number of new graduates who passed the NBCOT certification exam within one year of graduation.||23||16||26||65|
|The percentage of new graduates who passed the NBCOT certification exam.||70%||84%||81%||77%|
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.
The graduation rate for students completing the MS degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010, 2011, and 2012 is 95%.