CNTs Identify the Value of Neonatal Therapy Certification

CNTs Identify the Value of Neonatal Therapy Certification

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Almost five years ago the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board (NTCB) opened applications for certification, and a group of approximately 70 neonatal therapists set out to pave a new pathway! They were trendsetters and set a new bar for excellence in care for the smallest and most vulnerable of patients. There are now more than 700 Certified Neonatal Therapists (CNTs) across the globe. CNTs are making a name for themselves and setting high expectations for evidence-based practice in the NICU.

We asked CNTs why they got certified and what the value of certification is for a neonatal therapist? 

Leadership, research, mentorship, respect from others on the team, and confidence in one’s clinical practice were resounding responses!

“I feel like the other members on my team look to me for the most current treatment methods and research because I am a CNT. I am also on a clinical track through my healthcare company to become a trainer for new therapists in the NICU.” – Nicki Marshall Barrett MS, CCC-SLP, CNT


“In 25 years I have had to justify my job at least 7 times! Neonatal therapists are here to stay! The CNT gives us the power behind the work we have known to be truth for so many years. CNTs are part of a group that is evidence-based strong!” – Lisa Chiburis Bader OTR/L, CEIM, CNT

With an ongoing commitment to competence throughout your career, the NTCB has worked tirelessly to create a pathway to certification. As new evidence emerges, however, practices change rapidly. Therefore, recertifying every 5 years ensures the CNT has updated knowledge needed to provide the best evidence-based care for infants and families in the NICU.

The CNT designation adds credibility and value to the role of the neonatal therapist and highlights the benefits of therapeutic interventions for high-risk neonates. 

“Neonatal therapy certification not only provides a means to educate others about your skill set, but helps you validate your own knowledge base and understanding compared to others. Sometimes we forget the value of the knowledge we hold.” – Jennifer Hendrikse MS, OTR, CNT, CLC

If you were one of the very first neonatal therapists to be acknowledged for your expertise and dedication to neonates and their families by achieving neonatal therapy certification in 2017, it is time to recertify in 2022! 

Here is what you need: 

  • Within the past 5 years, demonstrate 2000 hours of NICU-related practice (which can include leadership activities related to the NICU) in addition to 60 hours of NICU-related education OR
  • retake the current version of the Neonatal Therapy Certification Exam

More information can be found on the NTCB website:

Recertify and continue to be an inspirational beacon of light in the world of neonatal care!

“Thank you for advancing our credibility in the NICU community! It was a bonus in our recent NICU accreditation survey when I reported that all therapists serving infants and families in the NICU were CNTs.” – Korilynn Snow PT, DPT, CLC, CNT