NBCOT Certification

Graduation Rate of Students Completing a MS Degree in Occupational Therapy by Year of Graduation

This table reflects number of students entering the masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire and the number that graduated in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Graduation Year 

Number of Students Entering the UNH Graduate Program

Number of Students Graduating from the UNH Graduate Program Graduation Rate
2019 67 60


2020 58 55 95%
2021 62 56 90%
3 Year Total 187 171 92%

Certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy

Graduates from the University of New Hampshire accredited  Occupational Therapy Program, are eligible to sit for National Certification to practice as an Occupational Therapist. The certification examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). Successful completion of this examination entitles an individual to practice as a certified occupational therapist (OTR). In addition to NBCOT certification, licensure is required in most States. A passing grade on the NBCOT certification examination is a prerequisite for state licensure.

Candidates who have not attained certification within 5 years of their graduation date will be required to demonstrate that they have satisfied the eligibility criteria at the time of their application in order to apply for the certification examination. As educational and certification standards evolve, these candidates may be required to complete additional coursework to satisfy current standards. This requirement applies to candidates graduating in 2016 and beyond.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination Results for the Exam Years 2019-2021

The passing rate for University of New Hampshire Occupational Therapy students graduating in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and taking the exam the year following (2019, 2020, and 2021) was 97%.

Graduation Year

Year Of Exam Number of UNH Graduates Sitting For the NBCOT Exam Number of UNH Graduates Who Passed NBCOT Exam Percentage of UNH Graduates Who Passed NBCOT Exam
2018 2019 61 60 98%
2019 2020 71 70 99%
2020 2021 50 47 94%
3 Year Total   182 177