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

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Welcome to NBCOT ASPIRE®

Becoming an OTR® or COTA® is a journey. As an occupational therapy educator, you can help your students aspire to reach their certification goals by introducing them to the NBCOT ASPIRE Entry-level Competency Suite of exam preparation tools.
NBCOT has published a variety of examination preparation resources designed to help exam candidates assess their examination readiness, focus study efforts in the appropriate content areas, and become familiar with the areas tested on the exam. We encourage you to use these resources as a reference for curriculum development and review, as a foundation for classroom assignments, and when guiding your students on their path to success during study groups and guidance sessions.
Help your students Get Positioned for Success as they aspire to reach their certification goals.

Simply click on a link in the left menu to learn more about these resources.