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The Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB)

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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 Certified Neonatal Therapist?

The Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) has demonstrated the experience and knowledge to work safely and effectively with high-risk infants in the NICU using evidence-based practice. CNTs have met minimum standards of 3 years as a credentialed professional, 3500 hours of practice in the NICU, 40 hours of NICU-related education, and a minimum of 40 hours of mentoring, followed by achieving a passing score on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam. Congratulations on fulfilling the basic requirements for becoming a CNT and embarking on the final step, the exam.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

You will be required to affirm that you have read and accept the terms of the NTNCB Non-Disclosure Agreement onscreen prior to beginning your exam. The agreement reads: “I will not disclose or provide to anyone orally, electronically, or in any other format, information about the content of this examination. I understand that all documents and examination questions are, and shall remain, the exclusive property of NTNCB.” If you do not accept these terms, then you will not be allowed to take the exam.

Exam Scheduling Information


You must apply for neonatal therapy certification with the NTNCB prior to being authorized to take this examination. Visit to find the applicant checklist and instructions.


You have 6 months from the date of notification of eligibility to take the exam. You will need to schedule your exam at least 72 hours in advance and, should you wish to cancel or reschedule, you must contact Pearson VUE no less than 72 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.

Computer-Based Testing Tutorial and Practice Exam

You may obtain general information about computer-based testing, answers to FAQ, as well as practice taking a general exam using the computer by clicking here.

**Please note that the NTNCB uses solely multiple choice formats with 4 answer choices.

More Details about the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam

Please refer to the exam manual on the NTNCB website for more exam details.

Last updated 2020-04-02