Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

BSHS/MSOT Contacts  

 
Neil Penny
 

Neil Penny, Ed.D, M.S., OTR/L
Associate Professor
Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Occupational Therapy Program Director

   Bernardine Hall, Room 1107
   neil.penny@alvernia.edu

Admissions Office

   Student Center, 2nd Floor
   admissions@alvernia.edu

National Board Certification

National Certification Exam

Once you complete your professional and graduate coursework and required fieldwork hours, you will:

  • Receive your Master of Science degree in OT
  • Become eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam* (Visit www.nbcot.org for exam dates.)


Upon passing the NBCOT exam, you are:

  • Given the designation "Occupational Therapist, Registered" (OTR)
  • Eligible for licensure and practice in most states


Please note that many states require initial credentialing by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) as a part of licensing eligibility. While information regarding testing will be provided prior to graduation, the student is responsible for completing all necessary paperwork, arranging all testing, and payment of any and all fees relative to the NBCOT examination. Study guides, examinations and seminars are available through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) and other groups, however, the Program does not recommend any specific one. Students are responsible to seek out study aids and resources as necessary and will be expected to incur any and all costs related to such resources.



*A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. There is a pre-qualification process for people who have had a felony to be screened before going into an OT program to see if there are obstacles to being certified. There is a fee for the process. Interested parties can contact NBCOT and ask for the Investigations Program Manager.

Alvernia University NBCOT Certification Results:

Performance of graduates of the Occupational Therapy program, for the three most recent calendar years (2012, 2011, and 2010), on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:

First Time Test Takers:

Year Number of
Program
Graduates
Number of
First-time
Test Takers
Number of First-time
Test Takers Who
Passed the Exam
Percentage of
First-time Test
Takers Who
Passed the Exam
  
2010 15 15 6 40%
2011 16 16 15 94%
2012 24 24 18 75%
Total 3-year 55 55 39 71%


Overall Passing (includes multiple attempts effective March 2013):

Year Number of
Program
Graduates
Number of
Program
Graduates
Who Took
the Exam
Number of Program
Graduates Who Passed
on Their First Try or
After Multiple Attempts
Overall Pass
Rate of Graduates
of the Program
  
2010 15 15 15 100%
2011 16 16 16 100%
2012 24 24 23 96%
Total 3-year 55 55 54 98%