Exam Details

Neonatal Therapy National Certification Examination Details
  • The exam is 100 questions and takes 2 hours to complete.
  • There are 3 main domains on the exam: Foundations of Neonatal Therapy Practice; Neonatal Screening, Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis; and Neonatal Therapy Interventions and Family-Centered Care.
  • Descriptions of each domain on the exam are provided in the study materials, along with a self-assessment to aid each applicant in determining areas he/she may need to focus on.
  • The cut score for passing the exam is 80% this year.
  • The passing rate for the exam for current applicants is very high.
  • Examination occurs at a local proctored testing site.
  • Accommodations are available if you have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The certification exam covers the areas described in NANT’s Neonatal Therapy Core Scope of Practice Document, including:
    • Family dynamics
    • Fetal development
    • High-risk infant outcomes
    • Interventions in the NICU that are supported by evidence
    • Maternal risk factors and complications
    • Medical terminology, including pathologies specific to the NICU infant, and medical procedures
    • Models of care and theory in the NICU
    • Musculoskeletal, posture and alignment, and positioning
    • Neurobehavioral development and reflex development
    • NICU environment and culture
    • Oral motor and feeding development, including basic feeding and swallowing, feeding products, and current models of care regarding feeding
    • Pain assessment and management
    • Sleep, states of arousal and state transition
    • Standardized assessments