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Become an NCBTMB Assigned School

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 exam, they are able to demonstrate mastery of core knowledge and skills and are ready to begin their career as a licensed massage practitioner. Every time one of your students passes the NCBTMB exam, they stand as a testament to the merit of your institution. 

How to Obtain an Assigned School Code

To receive an Assigned School Code, schools are required to submit an application proving the school is legitimate,  operating legally and meets our minimum curriculum requirements of 500 hours of education. 
500 hour break down
  • 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. 
Accredited School Requirements
  • 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
Non-Accredited School Requirements
  • 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
Please update information with NCBTMB at all times. This is not only to protect students who attend your school but also protect the school from people who may try to falsify your documents. 
Click here for a list of NCBTMB Assigned Schools.
Become an NCBTMB Assigned School:
  • Register with the Career Management System
  • Complete the online application
  • At the bottom of the online application, please select the program you are applying for: Assigned School.

Click here to become an Assigned School