Assigned Schools

Students rely on their massage school and instructors to prepare them for a successful career in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. That’s why NCBTMB works with educational institutions to ensure that the schools’ programs reflect a national standard of excellence. When students sit for the Board Certification exam, they are able to demonstrate mastery of core knowledge and skills and are ready to begin their career as a Board Certified massage practitioner. Every time one of your students passes the NCBTMB Board Certification exam, they stand as a testament to the merit of your institution.

An NCBTMB Assigned School Code is required for students or graduates of your school’s massage therapy program(s) to sit for the Board Certification Exam. Students may not achieve Board Certification if your school does not have this code.

Our Answers to Your Most Common Questions:

What is an NCBTMB Assigned School?

An NCBTMB Assigned School is an institution researched and approved by NCBTMB, proving the school is legitimate, operating legally and meets our minimum curriculum requirements of 500 hours of education. NCBTMB Assigned Schools are awarded an Assigned School Code once programs are approved. This code is required for students or graduates of a school’s massage therapy program(s) to sit for the Board Certification Examination.

What are the minimum requirements to become an Assigned School?

To become an NCBTMB Assigned School and receive an Assigned School Code, you must meet our minimum 500-hour curriculum requirements.

Our 500-hour curriculum requirements:

  • 125 hours of instruction in the body’s systems and anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
  • 200 hours of in-class, supervised hands-on instruction in massage and bodywork assessment, theory and application instruction
  • 40 hours of pathology
  • 10 hours of business and ethics instruction (a minimum of 6 hours in ethics)
  • 125 hours of instruction in an area or related field that theoretically completes your massage program of study

In recognition of the lengthy accreditation process undertaken by Accredited schools, Accredited and Non-Accredited schools are asked to submit different materials.

I am an Accredited School. What are my requirements to become an Assigned School?

Along with meeting our minimum 500-hour curriculum requirements, Accredited schools must also submit the following materials:

  • Completed contact information
  • Copy of your accreditation approval with expiration date
  • Copy of a signed, sample transcript for all massage therapy programs your school offers
  • A breakdown of the curriculum hours

Once the above materials are received, your Assigned School application will be complete. NCBTMB will notify you with your Assigned School Code upon review.

Please update information with NCBTMB at all times. This is not only to protect students who attend your school, but also to protect the school from people who may try to falsify your documents.

I am a Non-Accredited School. What are my requirements to become an Assigned School?

Along with meeting our minimum 500-hour curriculum requirements, Non-Accredited schools must also submit the following materials:

  • Completed contact information and the 20 questions requested in the application
  • Proof of required business license
  • Proof of business ownership
  • List of instructors and their resumes and qualifications
  • Licenses and credentials of massage therapists (within states that require licensure)
  • Your school’s attendance policy
  • Your school’s program descriptions with course catalog
  • Syllabi outlines for each course
  • Cope of a signed, sample transcript for all massage therapy programs your school offers
  • Breakdown of curriculum hours

Once the above materials are received, your Assigned School application will be complete. NCBTMB will notify you with your Assigned School Code upon review.

Please update information with NCBTMB at all times. This is not only to protect students who attend your school, but also to protect the school from people who may try to falsify your documents.

NCBTMB reserves the right to deny or revoke a school from a voluntary Assigned School Code if the school misrepresents its students, education, or any documentation submitted to NCBTMB.

Why should I become an Assigned School?

To put it simply, we created the NCBTMB Assigned School program to better protect legitimate massage therapy programs, students, educators, and practitioners nationwide. Too often in the past, there were instances of falsification, illegitimacy, and illegal activity associated with massage therapy. We’re changing that. Most importantly, we require a valid NCBTMB Assigned School Code from any student or licensed practitioner who sits for the Board Certification exam.

If you have additional questions, please email schooloutreach@ncbtmb.org.

Why is attending an NCBTMB Assigned School important?

If you choose to attend a massage therapy program that is not part of an NCBTMB Assigned School, you will not be able to sit for the NCBTMB Board Certification Exam. A valid NCBTMB Assigned School Code is required to take the Board Certification Exam.

What is a school code?

A school code is a six-digit reference number assigned to a school by NCBTMB. To obtain an assigned school code, the primary contact person for the school must:

  • Register at the top of the www.ncbtmb.org home page
  • Complete the personal information page
  • Retrieve the password from the email provided
  • Login to the www.ncbtmb.org home page
  • Verify personal information and click the verify button
  • Complete the “Assigned School Code” form that can be found within “Complete a Form” on the left hand side of the page

Please be aware that there are two separate forms—one for Accredited schools and a second for Non-Accredited schools.

A student or school’s use of this code enables efficient processing of student applications by NCBTMB. A code that has been assigned to a school indicates that the school’s program meets NCBTMB’s requirements, and consequently, that its graduate’s meet NCBTMB’s eligibility requirements relating to educational background.

How am I “approved” or “accredited” by NCBTMB?

NCBTMB does not accredit schools—there are several accreditation agencies that are responsible for the accreditation of schools. An NCBTMB Assigned School Code means that the school has passed NCBTMB’s review process and that students graduating from the school will be eligible to sit for NCBTMB’s Board Certification exam.

What should I do if I sell my school?

The previous owner must contact NCBTMB’s School Outreach department at schooloutreach@ncbtmb.org to inform us that the school has been sold. NCBTMB will close the current school code. The new owner must submit a new Assigned School Code Request Form. School Codes are non-transferable between owners.

What should I do if the name of my school changes?

If the school contact name changes, please notify the School Outreach department by submitting the change of information in writing and on the school’s letterhead. Please include in the correspondence the current school code, the name of the new contact, his/her title, the address, the phone number with extension and his/her email address. A school can email, mail or fax the information to NCBTMB. Email to schooloutreach@ncbtmb.org. The mailing address is: NCBTMB c/o School Outreach Department, 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Ste. 200, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. The fax number is 866-402-1890.

Once I am awarded an Assigned School Code, is it good or life or do I have to renew it?

Once awarded an Assigned School Code, the renewal requirements differ based on the type of institution: Accredited versus Non-Accredited.

Accredited schools must renew their Assigned School status every five years. There is no cost to renew.

Non-Accredited schools must renew their Assigned School status every two years. There is no cost to renew.

For more information on how to renew your Assigned School status, please email schooloutreach@ncbtmb.org.

What if my school does not have an Assigned School Code?

Students graduating from a school without an NCBTMB Assigned School Code will not be able to receive their score reports for previous licensure exams and will not be able to attain the Board Certification credential. If you wish to apply to become an NCBTMB Assigned School, register on the NCBTMB website and submit the “Assigned School Code Request Form” found under “Complete A Form.”

How do I submit transcripts for my graduates?

Schools are no longer required to submit sealed transcripts to NCBTMB for new students. Schools may still mail transcripts to NCBTMB, but may also email transcripts to transcripts@ncbtmb.org. Please understand that this email is strictly for transcripts. No other types of emails will be answered through this email.

How much does it cost to become an Assigned School?

There is no cost to become an NCBTMB Assigned School. It’s FREE!

Who should I contact at NCBTMB if I have questions about becoming an Assigned School?

For any additional questions, please email schooloutreach@ncbtmb.org or call 1-800-296-0664.

Don’t see your question listed? Contact our Customer Service Team at 1-800-296-0664 or email us at info@ncbtmb.org. Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm CST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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