until the next application cycle opens. Plan ahead and review certification requirements here.

ICE Member Digital Badge

The NTNCB 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. Click here to learn more


Neonatal therapy certification, administered by the NTNCB, is endorsed by NANT. Click here to learn more

New CNT benefit

A new CNTTM benefit was launched November 2019! CNTs now have access to the most recent articles related to neonatal therapy in their online portal. As one of the benefits of being a CNT, the NTNCB is committed to keeping up with the latest research and making it available to you. CNTs can log in and find the tab titled “Latest Research to Support Practice-*CNT Benefit*”. This will open up several topic areas with studies that have come out in those topic areas within the last several months.

Multi-therapist Discount

If you are applying with another therapist, you will both receive $50 off of the exam fee.
You must complete the application purchase within 4 days of each other in order to qualify for the discount.

Mission and Vision

It is the mission of the NTNCB 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 NTNCB 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.


The Neonatal Therapy National Certification® Board (NTNCB) 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 NTNCB provides certification to neonatal therapists who have demonstrated the time, knowledge, and commitment to serve high-risk infants in the NICU.

What is a Neonatal Therapist?

Neonatal therapists are an essential part of the NICU team. A neonatal therapist is an occupational therapist, physical therapist or speech-language pathologist who delivers holistic direct patient care and consultative services to premature and medically complex infants in a 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. Neonatal therapists provide education to the family and NICU team.

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