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.