Schools & Students

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    NCBTMB Assigned School Code Program

    At NCBTMB, we preach the power of education. That’s why we believe schools like yours are crucial to the success of our future massage therapists and bodyworkers. With 400+ Assigned Schools nationwide, NCBTMB continues to partner with educational institutions to ensure massage school programs reflect a national standard of excellence with graduates who demonstrate a mastery of core knowledge and skills. Every time one of your students passes the NCBTMB Board Certification exam, they stand as a testament to the merit of your institution.

    A 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.

    For a complete list of Assigned School FAQs, click here.

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    Assigned School Program Requirements

    • Minimum 500-hour program

    • 125-hours of instruction in the body’s systems, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology

    • 200-hours of in-class, on-campus, supervised hands-on instruction in assessment, theory, and application instruction

    • 40-hours of pathology

    • 10-hours of business and ethics instruction (min. 6-hours in ethics)

    • 125-hours of instruction in an area or related that theoretically completes your massage program of study


    All 500 hours of core curriculum must be live, in class with an instructor present. NCBTMB no longer accepts online learning in core curriculum.

    Additionally, the minimum 500-hour core curriculum must be in Western-based massage therapy education.

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    Renewal Information

    Your school will be required to maintain and renew your Assigned School Code every two years or five years, depending on if you are a Non-Accredited or Accredited School. There are no renewal fees.