MTAC FAQs

MTAC FAQs

“MTAC” stands for Massage Therapy Assessment for Certification.

The purpose of the MTAC is to provide a personalized assessment of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the Board Certification Exam.

Upon completion of the MTAC, an individual is provided with a total percentage score, as well as a percentage score per category. Such a personalized breakdown empowers the individual to determine which areas to improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam. The assessment also reflects how well the individual has digested and maintained key information learned in core curriculum.

Whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned therapist, the MTAC is a valuable tool should you plan to pursue Board Certification or simply want to know where you are with your knowledge and skill set.

As the purpose of the MTAC is to provide you with an assessment of your personalized strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the Board Certification Exam, this tool will allow you to see which areas to study/improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam.

The MTAC provides you with a total percentage score, as well as a percentage score per category. Such a personalized breakdown empowers you to determine which areas to improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam. The assessment also reflects how well you have digested and maintained key information learned in core curriculum.

The MTAC is composed of 120 multiple-choice questions and is graded in raw score format. The tool assesses various areas reflective of both the Board Certification Exam and core curriculum, including: Massage Modalities, Techniques and Manual Forces, Applied Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology/Injury, and Pharmacology), Professional Communication, Professionalism and Ethics, Laws and Business Practices, Self Care, and Assessment.

The MTAC is composed of 120 multiple-choice questions and is graded in raw score format. The tool assesses various areas reflective of both the Board Certification Exam and core curriculum, including: Massage Modalities, Techniques and Manual Forces, Applied Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology/Injury, and Pharmacology), Professional Communication, Professionalism and Ethics, Laws and Business Practices, Self Care, and Assessment.

For a full breakdown of the MTAC, click here.

The cost of the MTAC is $135, which includes the exam and a background check. The background check is valid for two years, should you pursue Board Certification within that timeframe.

Eligibility requirements for the MTAC are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Proof of current enrollment or graduation from an NCBTMB Assigned School
  • Pass a criminal background check (performed by NCBTMB)

The he MTAC is available to eligible candidates at all Prometric nationwide testing centers. Detailed information will be provided upon review and approval of your MTAC application.

The MTAC is only available in English.

The cost of the MTAC is $135, which includes the exam and a background check. The background check is valid for two years, should an individual pursue Board Certification within that timeframe.

As passing a criminal background check is required for Board Certification, completing it along with your MTAC is another means of proving your eligibility to achieve the advanced credential (BCTMB) should you decide to pursue it within the two-year timeframe.

Your background check is valid for two years, should you pursue Board Certification within that timeframe. You will not be required to pay the $25 Background Check Fee upon completing your Initial Board Certification Application as long as you apply/pursue the credential within the two-year timeframe.

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