University News

WNE OTD Program Achieves a 90% Pass Rate on the 2022 NBCOT Exam

Published: March 01, 2023 | Categories: All News, Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Therapy student working with patient having leg problem

Western New England University's Occupational Therapy Doctoral program (OTD) is proud to announce its successful year with a 90% pass rate on the 2022 National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. The OTD program's pass rate reflects the hard work, dedication, and commitment of its faculty, staff, and students.

The 2022 year included 26 out of 29 new graduates passing to achieve the 90% rate, similar to the previous year's rate of 27 out of 29 (93%). New grads are candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts. The national averages for OTR candidates were 96% in 2022 and 98% in 2021.

The NBCOT certification exam is a requirement for licensure in occupational therapy. The exam assesses the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to provide safe and effective occupational therapy services to clients across the lifespan.

Dr. Brittany Adams, Chair of the OTD program at Western New England University, expressed her pride in the program's success. "Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our students with a rigorous and comprehensive education that prepares them for success in the field of occupational therapy. Our graduates' exceptional performance on the NBCOT exam is a testament to the quality of our program and the hard work of our students."

Western New England University's OTD program prepares occupational therapy professionals to serve diverse populations across a range of settings, including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and community organizations. The program's curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and the application of advanced clinical skills to promote health and well-being.

For more information about the OTD program at Western New England University, visit or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 413-796-2114/