A neonatal therapy certification was created to validate and standardize the necessary experience, education and knowledge to work in the NICU setting.
The standards set for certification were established to ensure a minimum standard for independent practice as a neonatal therapist who is responsible for evaluating, treating, and reassessing infants and families in the NICU.
This certification will elevate our profession to an even platform, which will be easily recognized by hospitals, therapists and other medical professionals.
Infants and families deserve to have therapists who have demonstrated competency and commitment to advancing the practice of neonatal therapy by demonstrating and maintaining minimum competency.
2. How do I get my employer to value this certification?
AOTA, APTA, and AHSA all recognize neonatal therapy to be an advanced practice area.
The NTNCB has established criteria for certification that are in line with each professional organization’s recommendations.
The certification requirements are intended to define the minimum reasonable knowledge and experience in order to provide safe and competent care to high risk infants in the NICU.
Neonatal therapy is not currently required for employment in the NICU, however, the certification process aims to acknowledge neonatal therapists who have met minimum standards in order to ensure safe and effective therapy services to all infants in NICUs across the world.