Saint Louis University

Certification & Licensure

National Certification: Graduates of the Master's in Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). It is the entry-level credential required to practice the profession. Successful performance on the certification examination entitles the candidate to use the initials OTR: Occupational Therapist, Registered, and to apply for state licensure, where required for practice.


The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers:


Year # of Program Graduates # of First Time Test Takers # of First Time Test Takers Who Passed Exam % of First Time Test Takers Who Passed Exam National Pass Rates
2010 38 37 33 89 82
2011 52 52 45 87 84
2012 62 62 51 82 85
Total 2010 -2012 152 151 129 85 84


The computerized examination schedule for the examination can be found on the NBCOT Web page at

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

State Licensure: Students are responsible for knowing the licensure or certification laws of the state in which they plan to work. The majority of states now require a license to practice occupational therapy, and each state has different procedures for obtaining licensure. State licenses are usually issued based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.

Missouri Licensure information can be obtained from the following address or from their web site at

*Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy*
3605 Missouri Blvd., P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

phone: 573.751.0877
fax: 573.751.1155

The occupational therapy / occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is