“N” is for NBCOT – the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
As of right now, I am an OTS (occupational therapy student). After I complete my didactic work and both Level II fieldworks, I will sit for my boards to become an OTR (registered occupational therapist). In order for my to “earn my R” I have to pass the NBCOT exam. The NBCOT is the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. The NBCOT is the governing body of registered OTs. In order for be to add those three little letters to the end of my name, I have to pass the NBCOT. No pressure. After I earn my “R”, I will apply for licensure in whichever states I want to practice. Once I obtain licensure I will be an OTR/L. So fancy!
I will probably be taking the NBCOT at the end of winter in 2021. I still have A LOT to learn between now and 2021, so this is a fleeting thought in my mind right now. I just wanted to explain the process to the Internet about what actually needs to be done in order for me to become an OT because I still feel like there’s a lot of confusion. I hope this has cleared things up. Happy Thursday!