Board Certification Awarded College Credit from Siena Heights University

Board Certification from NCBTMB is recognized as the equivalent of 33 College Credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy

Oakbrook Terrace, IL (December 13, 2013) – For the first time, Board Certificants will be awarded college credit toward a degree.  Effective immediately, Siena Heights University will recognize Board Certification as valued at 33 of the 120 total credits required to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy.

“We are thrilled to further increase the value of Board Certification and continuing education with Siena Heights University,” Steven Kirin, CEO of NCBTMB explained. “Through the convenience of online courses, this becomes a national program that further recognizes and advances our profession.”

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy from Siena Heights University requires 120 credits. With current Board Certification, recipients will receive 33 credits to apply toward the total degree requirement. To fulfill the remaining credits, students will be required to register for other coursework in the areas of Management, Health Care Management, Professional Communication or Social/Behavioral Sciences—all designed to assist with the business/human relations aspect of a successful massage career.

Degree completion is available entirely online for those who live around the country. Courses are also available by attending any one of Siena Heights University’s various Michigan locations. Applicants must present proof of Board Certification to Siena Heights University to be awarded credit. National Certification will not be applicable toward this program.

“Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy provides an affordable, convenient opportunity for professionals looking to further enhance their careers,” Norman Bukwaz, Director, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program at Siena Heights University, described. “We recognize the hard work that goes into obtaining Board Certification and hope to further celebrate that achievement by awarding Certificants with college credit.”

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The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Approved Providers, Assigned Schools and entry level State Licensure Exams.

About Siena Heights University

Enrolling a diverse community of traditional-age and working adult students, Siena Heights is a coeducational North Central accredited institution founded in the liberal arts tradition, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. The University is headquartered in Adrian, MI, with degree completion centers in Southfield, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Lansing, Jackson and Online.