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NBCOT Acknowledges Updates to Several Practice-Related Resources

October 28,2015

The resources include:

  • International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10)
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
  • Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process, 3rd edition (OTPF III)
While these resources have been updated, the content specifications—or blueprint for the OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED OTR® and CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT COTA® certification examinations—have not changed.

The information contained in the aforementioned documents may be used as supplemental source references by NBCOT subject matter experts to validate practice-relevant items for the OTR and COTA certification examinations.

International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10)
Occupational therapy clinical practice settings will begin using the ICD-10 effective October 1, 2015. The updated classification system provides expanded options for classifying and tracking medical diagnoses, and capturing advancements in clinical medical procedures.  Beginning December 2015 onward, this manual may be used as a supplemental source reference to validate diagnoses and conditions used in practice-relevant items for the OTR and COTA certification examinations.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
Terminology related to several mental health disorders, including autism-related disorders changed with the May 2013 publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).  Language and terms used in the Occupational Therapist Registered OTR and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA certification examination items administered in 2015 onward will incorporate the DSM-5 terminology.

Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process, 3rd edition (OTPF III)
The content for NBCOT certification examinations is based on the test specifications that were determined as an outcome of a practice analysis study.  The last practice analysis study was conducted in 2012.  Language from the OPTF III may appear in practice-relevant examination items based on the blueprint specifications outlined by the Practice Analysis study.