Tuesday, August 16, 2011

OTR CERTIFICATION EXAM CHANGES IN 2013

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) has announced that starting July 1, 2013, internationally educated occupational therapists will have new minimum educational standards to be eligible for the OTR Certification Exam. Internationally educated occupational therapists must either:

  • Completion of an Entry-Level Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from a government authorized and/or WFOT approved college or university occupational therapy educational program AND a Post Professional Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy OR
  • Completion of an Entry-Level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from a government authorized and/or WFOT approved college or university occupational therapy educational program

NBCOT’s Occupational Therapist Eligibility Determination (OTED) will be used to determine comparability to US accreditation occupational therapy educational standards and competencies. All internationally-educated occupational therapists approved for exam eligibility under current OTED eligibility standards must take and pass the OTR certification examination prior to July 1, 2013 if they do not hold an occupational therapy master’s degree deemed comparable to a U.S. entry-level accredited master’s degree in occupational therapy. After July 2013, internationally-educated occupational therapists will not be eligible for the OTR if they do not hold a US equivalent occupational therapy master’s degree.

NBCOT is the not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Chris
    What is your opinion about October visa bulletin for EB3ROW .Last year the movement was very slow .What do you think about this fiscal year?
    thanks inadvance

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  2. Hi Chris
    I am a little worried!There is only 11 months to my Pd .Is there any chance of retrogression for EB3ROW ?

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  3. @Negaresh, While we cant guarantee any PDs, you should feel confident that the PD will be current in the next 10-15 months. If you haven't recently connected with your recruiter and/or employer now is the time to begin that process.

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  4. Thank you Chris for your advice

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