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Serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy.

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Certified occupational therapy professionals providing effective evidence-based services across all areas of practice worldwide.

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The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®)

12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-7979

Email NBCOT at info@nbcot.org

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Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Lunch: 12 pm – 1 pm

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Exam Blueprints - OTR & COTA

The OTR® and COTA® examinations are constructed based on the results of practice analysis studies.  The studies identify the domains, tasks, and knowledge required for occupational therapy practice relative to the respective credential.  The purpose of a practice analysis study is to ensure there is a representative linkage of examination content to practice.  The periodic performance of practice analysis studies assists NBCOT with evaluating the validity of the test specifications that guide content distribution of the credentialing examinations.

The results of the practice analysis studies are analyzed to identify the most critical and frequently performed tasks by OTR and COTA certificants. 

The percentage of examination items assigned to each of the domain areas on the exam is outlined in the exam blueprints.  

OTR Examination Blueprint (PDF)

COTA Examination Blueprint (PDF)
 

Practice Analysis - Executive Summaries

Consistent with certification industry standards, the OTR and COTA examinations are constructed based on the results of practice analysis studies. The studies identify the domains, tasks, knowledge required for occupational therapy practice. The ultimate goal of a practice analysis study is to ensure that there is a representative linkage of examination content to practice. The periodic performance of practice analysis studies assists NBCOT with evaluating the validity of the test specifications that guide content distribution of the credentialing examinations.

2012 Practice Analysis of the Occupational Therapist Registered OTR®: Executive Summary (PDF)

2012 Practice Analysis of the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA®: Executive Summary (PDF)
 

Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge Statements

Within each domain area of the examination, there are a number of associated task and knowledge statements.  All items on the NBCOT examinations are classified according to these domain, task, and knowledge statements.

Click on the appropriate link below to access the OTR Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge Statements or the COTA Validated Domain, Task, Knowledge Statements for the exam you plan to take:

2012 OTR Validated Domain, Task, and Knowledge Statements (PDF)

2012 COTA Validated Domain, Task, and Knowledge Statements (PDF)

Note: Content for the NBCOT examinations is guided by the validated domain, task, and knowledge statements from the most recent OTR and COTA Practice Analysis studies. Although items contained on the NBCOT examinations do not test specific content of the Practice Framework (3rd edition), examination items may reflect the language of the Practice Framework.