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 Bachelorís Degree in Occupational Therapy from a government authorized and/or WFOT approved college or university occupational therapy educational programAND a Post Professional Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy OR
- Completion of an Entry-Level Masterís Degree in Occupational Therapy from a government authorized and/or WFOT approved college or university occupational therapy educational program
NBCOTís 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 masterís degree deemed comparable to a U.S. entry-level accredited masterís 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 masterís degree.
NBCOT is the not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession.
Chris Musillo is a partner at Musillo Unkenholt Immigration Law. He is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. When not zealously representing his clients, Chris enjoys outdoor sports, listening to music, traveling and reading.