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Certification in Neonatal Therapy


About CNT: Welcome
About CNT: List

​Steps to Neonatal Therapy Certification


Be a Memeber of ANT

This is the most crucial stage for certification. Certification is only offered to Professional Members of ANT.

Make sure you have a valid license to practice in the relevant discipline. It could be speech therapy, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.

Reading in the Library

Educate Yourself to Elite

After becoming a member, you must educate yourself through numerous means. Improve your understanding of Neonatal Therapy. You can take online courses, attend conferences relating to the NICU, and read extensively. 

Few of the references are

  1. Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants - A Guide for Health Professionals by Carole Kenner

  2. Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships by J. Kevin Nugent

  3. Infant and Child Feeding and Swallowing Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention by Sheena Marcus & Suzanne Breton
  4. Neonatal Equipment, 5th Edition by Ashok Deorari

  5. Protocols in Neonatology, 2nd Edition by Ashok Deorari

  6. Cloherty and Stark's Manual of Neonatal Care, South Asian Edition

  7. Test of infant motor performance manual version 3.0

  8. Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, 4th Edition

  9. Nutrition and Child Development, 5th Edition by KE Elizabeth

  10. Manual of Neonatal Care, 7th Edition by John P. Cloherty

  11. Evidence Based Medicine,  4th Edition by Sharon Straus

  12. Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton
  13. Principles and Practices of Developmentally Supportive Care in the NICU & Clinical Applications in Neonatal Medicine, 2nd Edition May 2018

  14. Principles and Practices of Developmentally Supportive Care in the NICU & Clinical Applications in Neonatal Medicine, Supplement Aug 2019

All of this qualifies you for ANT's ELITE Membership. You'll be shocked to learn that it is completely free.

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Appear for Online Eligibility Exam

After you thinks you have enough knowledge, just get tested by appearing for an online examination. The exam will consists of Multiple Choice Questions. 

You will be required to pay examination fees.


Clinical Training in the NICU

After passing the eligibility exam, you are ready to proceed to the final level. You will pay the training costs and join an ANT-affiliated facility. It is callled as Neonatal Therapy Certification Centre.

In this last step, you will get the opportunity to practice in the NICU. This will be closely supervised by the NICU team members. You will attend frequent clinical rounds, discuss treatment with various stakeholders, document progress, and monitor outcomes.

You will participate in various projects, presentations, and develop your competencies.


Association of Neonatal Therapists : Certified Neonatal Therapist

Constitution : A Distinct Identity


ANT: CNT (Association of Neonatal Therapists : Certified Neonatal Therapist

Constitution: A Distinct Identity

Association of Neonatal Therapists (ANT) knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives.

Back in 2017, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Association of Neonatal Therapists (ANT).

As per the constitution of ANT, submitted to regulatory bodies, we will be conducting Certification examination.

The purpose of the conducting certification examination is to

  • enhance the professional standard,

  • to ensure safety and utmost care for every Newborn.

  • The aim is to bring about uniformity in the neonatal therapy services received by clients in our country.

​It has three sections

  1. Pre examination Section Coordinator:

Responsibilities of Pre examination Section

  • Screen the candidate

  • Decide the eligibility

  • Give directions to the candidate

  • Share the reference list with the candidates

2. Controller of CNT Examination

Controller of CNT Examination:  

Responsibilities of Controller of Examination Section

  • Enlist topics

  • Select examiner

  • Request letter for sending the questions

  • Collect questions

  • Moderate questions

  • Randomize questions

  • Prepare 2 sets (100 each)

  • Conduct exams

  • Declare results (Passing marks are 70 percentage)

3. Practice Regulator

Responsibilities of Practice Regulation Section

  • After passing post at clinical facility

  • Approve the clinical facility

  • Communication and collaboration with the facility

  • Monitor the performance of the candidate

  • Approve the performance of the candidate

  • Issue final certificates with consultation with other authorities

Panel of Instructors for session

  1. Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar

  2. Dr. Unmesh Phadnis

  3. Dr. Govind Kulkarni

  4. Jyothika Bijlani

  5. Shailaja Jaywant

  6. Geetika Sood

  7. Usha Kasar

  8. Sneha Sanap

  9. Sheetal Tatar

  10. Geetali

  11. Rashmi Lad
  12. Hemant Nandgaonkar
  13. Mrugesh Khedekar
  14. Anam Baig
  15. Dr. Dhara Shah
  16. Dr. Preeti

About CNT: Who We Are
About CNT: Text


Requirements for Certification in Neonatal Therapy include

  • Qualified and Licensed Therapist

  • who is holding Elite membership of Association of Neonatal Therapists.

  • He/she should have completed 40 hours of training in neonatal therapy/care (direct teaching and or webinar [Up to 4 hours allowed]),

  • upto 250 hours of Direct Mentoring in Affiliated Set up.

Kindly use following checklist for your reference.
1) Completed Graduation.
2) Active License of Practice
3) Elite Member of Association of Neonatal Therapists
4) Active professional membership of ANT
5) 40 hours of training in neonatal therapy (direct teaching out of which Up to 4 hours of online webinar) ...scrutiny about validity of the courses will be done.
6 ) 250 + hours of Direct mentoring in affiliated set up - after examination 

Cost Rs. 30000/- 
7) Exam fees INR 2500/- 

8) TRAIN Workshop completion

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