Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-8-.02 - Faculty Requirements. Amended

(1) In order to be a Georgia Board recognized massage therapy education program, the program must have a faculty that consists of a sufficient number of full and part-time instructors to ensure that the educational obligations to the student are fulfilled. Lab, clinical and community course core (lead) faculty must demonstrate competence in their respective areas of teaching as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years or 2000 hours of experience in their field. Faculty instructor(s) shall hold a current state license, if a state license is required to practice massage therapy in that state. Human sciences course core (lead) faculty (anatomy, pathology, physiology) is not required to hold a massage therapy license; however, the faculty member must demonstrate competence in their respective areas of teaching as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years or 2000 hours experience in their field and/or by appropriate degrees/certificates from approved colleges/schools/institutions.
(2) All program faculty members must teach at the physical address which has been provided to the Board on the program's application to become a board recognized massage therapy education program.
(3) The Board must be notified of any program faculty changes within ten (10) days of the date the change becomes effective.
(4) If a school utilizes faculty assistants, in order to be a Board recognized massage therapy education program, it shall establish and maintain policies that set forth qualifications, duties and procedures for use of these personnel. Faculty assistants shall not be used as substitutes or replacements for regular faculty; shall not be responsible for the overall evaluation of any student; and shall work under the direct supervision of approved faculty. Faculty assistants shall hold a current license, if a license is required to practice massage therapy in that state.
(5) In order to be a Georgia Board recognized massage therapy education program, the ratio of students to faculty in the lab/clinical/community area shall not exceed 20 students to 1 instructor with no more than 10 student therapists and 10 students serving as clients. Lecture classes are not subject to this ratio.
(6) When student clinical practice is being performed on the general public, the supervising clinical faculty instructor(s) shall hold a current Georgia massage license.

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Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-8-.02
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 43-1-25, 43-24A-3(4).
Original Rule entitled "Faculty Requirements" adopted. F. Jan. 10, 2007; eff. Jan. 30, 2007. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 2, 2009; eff. July 22, 2009. Amended: F. Feb. 27, 2012; eff. Mar. 18, 2012. Amended: New title "Faculty Requirements. Amended." F. Apr. 13, 2017; eff. May 3, 2017.

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