Why the need for a tools like NBCOT Navigator?
How did NBCOT come up with the platform/overall idea for this tool?
In 2013, NBCOT launched the development of these tools to respond to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled, "Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality," which was a call for action to health professionals to reform and reinvigorate continuing competency. With the help and feedback from more than 2,500 certificants, regulators, and employers, NBCOT completed a practice analysis study to identify relevant practice competency domains and tasks occupational therapists perform within these domains in modern practice. We took the results from that study and created NBCOT Navigator as a meaningful suite of convenient continuing competency assessment tools to add to our existing offerings.
How does the NBCOT Navigator tool suite work?
A user begins the NBCOT Navigator by completing the self-reflection questionnaire, which provides a customized list of tool recommendations to better help a user reach his or her continuing competency goals. Users then verify practice strengths by completing case simulations, matching games, and mini practice quizzes that result in customized feedback with recommendations for follow-up reading.
How is this different from certification renewal or other existing professional assessment?
Has the product been tested?
Yes. NBCOT conducted message and usability testing on the NBCOT Navigator platform with hundreds of certificants and employers. Testing feedback was used to optimize the tool suite, providing the best user experience for OTR and COTA certificants. User feedback on the final product has been positive—underscoring the need for practical, convenient continuing competency resources across all practices and skills levels.
Is NBCOT the first certification board to use virtual/gaming technology for assessment?
NBCOT Navigator is one tool in the OT's professional development toolbox and it is incumbent upon the practitioner to keep going back to that toolbox to continually refine his or her skills and abilities. NBCOT Navigator uses an interactive platform featuring case simulations that mimic real life practice to help OTR and COTA certificants assess competency across all areas of occupational therapy. True practice competency is a continual process, not just an exercise that occurs every three years with certification renewal. Real practice excellence—one that inspires confidence among clients, employers, and the general public—is maintaining the OTR and COTA credential.
What is the cost of using the NBCOT Navigator?
How do I access NBCOT Navigator?
How frequently will the Navigator be updated and maintained?
Does NBCOT monitor my progress on the Navigator?
How many PDU can be earned through the Navigator?
At this time, the following states have confirmed acceptance of the Navigator (contingent upon fulfilling all other state specific requirements):
- California (Navigator tools are accepted with the exception of the self-reflection questionnaire)
- Connecticut (NBCOT online competency assessment tools appear to meet criteria established in Connecticut General Statues and the Regulations.)
- District of Columiba
- Iowa (NBCOT online competency assessment tools appear to meet criteria established in state's Administrative Rules for Continuing Education.)
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Pennsylvania (Navigator tools are accepted with the exception of the self-reflection questionnaire)
- South Caroline
- South Dakota
- Utah (NBCOT online competency assessment tools appear to meet criteria established in state's Occupational Therapy Practice Act Rule.)
- West Virginia
We anticipate this number to grow quickly as more states add the Navigator to their regulations or take it to their board for a vote.
Yes. The Navigator can be used across a wide range of practice areas, including: pediatrics, orthopedics, physical disabilities, community mobility, mental health, older adult, and general practice.