Supporting Your Assigned School Amid COVID-19

Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 23, 2020)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) released the following announcement to all NCBTMB Assigned Schools today:

Supporting Your School Amid COVID-19

Please read for important announcements regarding e-learning and NCBTMB Assigned School curriculum requirements

NCBTMB has heard from several of its accredited and non-accredited Assigned Schools regarding the challenges of teaching during this time of shut down and isolation. Colleges across the country have moved to e­-learning platforms to lessen the spread of COVID-19. NCBTMB fully supports this form of teaching during this time to ensure learning continues.

As massage therapy is a touch-based profession, NCBTMB will require 200 hours of hands on massage therapy to be taught in a live classroom–however, effective immediately, NCBTMB will accept all sciences, communication, ethics, and pathology courses to be taught on an e-learning platform until further notice.

While this is not a permanent solution–as NCBTMB does have to follow its policies and procedures–NCBTMB, its peer organizations, and its accrediting organization do understand the danger of coming together in groups at this time. Your safety is our concern.

If your Assigned School has elected to move to an e-learning platform amid the pandemic, NCBTMB recommends the following guidelines:

  1. As a preliminary measure, first check with your state massage therapy board to ensure e-learning is acceptable
  2. Research suggested platforms for e-learning, such as: Zoom, GoToMeeting, Glisser, and Ring Central Meetings
  3. Notify NCBTMB via email at with a note of your switch to an e-learning format (no formal documentation required)
  4. Continue to monitor the CDCWHO, and your local health authority guidelines for updates

NCBTMB will be sure to communicate any updates, as they become available. In the interim, contact NCBTMB at with any immediate questions.

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