Neonatal Therapy Certification

Therapists in the NICU are engaged in an advanced area of practice, which requires specific expertise. Neonatal Therapy Certification identifies occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists who have demonstrated minimum standards for the amount of experience, education, and knowledge needed to effectively serve high-risk infants and families in the NICU. Certified Neonatal Therapists (CNTs) have undergone validation of their clinical experience and knowledge and can declare professional competence for the specialized area of practice in the NICU.  The CNT credential is a mark of excellence and a sign that someone has the expertise needed to practice in the NICU.

The Neonatal Therapy Certification applications

Applications are currently closed and will open March 15th

*Please note that recertification is on a different schedule. CNTs with expiration between January and June will have their recertification application due March 31st of that year. CNTs with expiration between July and December will have their recertification application due September 30th of that year. If you are due to complete recertification, please follow the instructions provided in your notification email or click the recertification application tab at the top of this page.
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Neonatal therapy certification, administered by the NTCB, is endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists®. The NTCB is an organization that is completely independent of NANT.

The NTCB is proud to be a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in show of our support of the credentialing community and our commitment to strive for excellence in our certification programs.

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What is a
Neonatal Therapist?

Neonatal therapists deliver holistic, direct patient care and consultative services to premature and medically-complex infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Using an integrated, neuroprotective, family-centered model, neonatal therapists provide highly specialized and individualized therapeutic interventions in the NICU.

These interventions support optimal long-term development, prevent adverse sequelae, and nurture the infant-family dyad. Therapists in the NICU are engaged in an advanced area of practice, which requires specific expertise.


The Neonatal Therapy Certification® Board (NTCB) is a multidisciplinary board comprised of occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists who have expertise in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) throughout the United States and around the world.

The NTCB provides certification to neonatal therapists who have demonstrated the time, knowledge, and commitment to serve high-risk infants in the NICU.

Mission & Vision

It is the mission of the NTCB to recognize and advance inter-professional neonatal therapy practice through evidence-based certification standards including validation of clinical experience and knowledge essential for effective delivery of neonatal therapy.

It is the vision of the NTCB to build a body of Certified Neonatal Therapists (OT, PT, SLP) who work collaboratively to provide safe, effective, and evidence-based services to at-risk infants and their families in the NICU environment.

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