History of the NTNCB

The Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB) was established by and is a subsidiary of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT).   However, due to criteria established by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), the NTNCB maintains a completely separate leadership structure from NANT.   As with most credentialing bodies when they are in development, the NTNCB is under the parent organization and garners support from NANT.   The NTNCB applauds NANT for recognizing the importance of professional certification and appreciates its role in fostering excellence in neonatal therapy.

  • April 15, 2014: NTNCB members were announced
  • May 8, 2014:    First NTNCB meeting
  • April 9, 2015:    First NTNCB retreat
  • April 11, 2015:  NTNCB provided an update on the certification process at NANT conference
  • Sept 15, 2015:  NTNCB conducted a practice analysis
  • Dec 12, 2015:   NTNCB began exam construction
  • April 14, 2016:  2nd NTNCB retreat
  • April 16, 2016:  www.NTNCB.com launched
  • April 16, 2016:  NTNCB provided an update on certification at NANT conference
  • April 26, 2016:  Formal announcement about neonatal therapy certification to APTA, AOTA, ASHA
  • May 23: 2016:   First pilot of certification exam completed
  • June 10, 2016:  1st round of exam psychometrics completed
  • Aug 17, 2016:    Second pilot of certification exam completed
  • Sept 1, 2016      2nd round of exam psychometrics completed
  • Nov 1, 2016:      Applications for neonatal therapy certification opened
  • March 1, 2017:  Exam administration began
  • April 8, 2017:  First Certified Neonatal Therapists announced


  • 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 NTNCB does not in itself confer authority to practice therapy beyond the authority granted by a state or country that issues permissions to practice.
  • The certified neonatal therapist designation must not be interpreted to mean that the NTNCB supersedes any state or country with regard to licensing requirements or permissions to treat patients. Therapists who have successfully become certified by the NTNCB must be aware of any and all stipulations within their practice and must not practice outside their legal limits. The NTNCB 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 or employer to provide oversight for breaches in appropriate practice.