Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board™ (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. NTCB offers the Certified Neonatal Therapist™ CNT™certification program. This voluntary certification in neonatal therapy identifies those therapists who have demonstrated the expertise to work independently in the NICU. The NTCB is a non-profit association.
History Of The NTCB
A 14-member multidisciplinary board was appointed in 2014 for the purposes of developing neonatal therapy certification. Due to criteria established by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) and the need for independent governance, the NTCB maintains a structure and processes which are completely independent of other organizations. In 2019, the NTCB was designated as a 501c6 non-profit organization.
Meet the Board
In 2014, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) appointed a multidisciplinary board of neonatal therapists for the purposes of developing neonatal therapy certification. Due to criteria established by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) and the need for independent governance, the NTCB maintains a structure and processes which are completely separate from NANT.
Neonatal therapy certification™ is a specialty certification that demonstrates that an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or speech-language pathologist has met the minimum standard of education, experience and knowledge in the neonatal intensive care setting.
Certification by the NTCB does not in itself confer authority to practice therapy beyond the authority granted by a state or country that issues credentialing/permissions to practice.
The Certified Neonatal Therapist™ designation must not be interpreted to mean that the NTCB supersedes any state or country with regard to licensing/credentialing requirements or permission to treat patients. Therapists who have successfully become certified by the NTCB must be aware of any and all stipulations within their practice and must not practice outside their legal limits. The NTCB will not be held accountable for the provision of unsafe and/or unprofessional practice. It is the sole responsibility of the therapist and his/her licensing board, credentialing body and/or employer to provide oversight for breaches in practice. The CNT™ designation relies on maintaining licensure/credentialing or permission to practice as a therapist, and loss of such results in loss of the CNT™ designation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the NTCB when loss of licensure/credentialing or permission to practice occurs.