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NBCOT Announces New President & CEO

Gaithersburg, MD – The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Price, CAE, ICE-CCP, as its new president and CEO. Ben brings more than two decades of leadership experience in health care, credentialing, and public policy, marked by strategic innovation and organizational advancement.

“Ben is an excellent choice to lead NBCOT. He stood out from a large field of highly qualified candidates with his problem-solving skills and legislative advocacy,” said Dee Berline, MBA, OTR/L, chairperson of the NBCOT Board of Directors. “The board of directors and I look forward to working with Ben and continuing the legacy of leadership for occupational therapy.”

Most recently, Ben served as CEO of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), where he led the organization to remarkable growth in certification numbers, financial stability, and technological advancements. Before that, he was the executive director of the Colorado Association of Health Plans, guiding legislative and regulatory efforts post the Affordable Care Act.

Ben's contributions to the Association of Surgical Technologists, including spearheading legislative programs, and his extensive board service demonstrate his commitment to public health and safety. Ben's board and community service includes leadership roles with the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Care Synergy, and the Colorado Prevention Alliance. His commitment to public health and safety has driven initiatives that foster partnerships across healthcare, government, and community organizations.

“It is an incredible honor to join NBCOT, as they are an impressive organization with a long history of advancing client care through rigorous certification standards,” said Ben Price. “Occupational therapy professionals play a crucial role in our health care system, ensuring individuals achieve their highest potential. I am excited to work with the dedicated and impressive team already in place at NBCOT, upholding our commitment to public safety and consumer protection.”

Ben's forward-thinking leadership and expertise in strategic planning, fiscal management, and stakeholder engagement position him to drive NBCOT's continued success and innovation. He is dedicated to improving access to high-quality health care and enhancing NBCOT's impact on the occupational therapy profession and the communities it serves.

Ben will officially assume his role on September 9, 2024, with a transitional period over the next three months.


The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a national not-for-profit organization that provides certification to over 220,000 occupational therapy professionals. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of occupational therapy practice. Above all else, our mission is to serve the public interest. Initial certification from NBCOT is a requirement for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. We also work with state regulators and employers to provide information on credentials, professional conduct, and regulatory issues. NBCOT's certification programs have received and maintained accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).


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