order for a Georgia (physically) based massage therapy education program
location(s) to obtain the Georgia Massage Therapy Board "Recognized" massage
therapy education program status, the program must meet the requirements set
forth in rules
, and the additional
(a) the program must
require that each student have a minimum grade of 70% and the student have a
minimum attendance of 70% in order to receive credit/hours in massage therapy
related course and clinical work, and;
(b) the program must maintain a written
program, philosophy and objectives, and the program must maintain course
outlines or syllabi for all massage therapy courses, and;
(c) the program must provide a student
(d) the program must
maintain permanent student records that summarize the credentials for
admission, attendance, grades and other records of performance, and;
(e) the program must possess a current,
unencumbered National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
(NCBTMB) School Provider Code.
the program must possess a current, unencumbered Nonpublic Postsecondary
Education Commission (NPEC) Authorization number.
If a board recognized program does not
meet or fails to comply with the curriculum, faculty, and additional
requirements noted in these rules, the Board may withdraw the "recognized"
status of the program.
(a) the Board shall
promptly notify the program, in writing, of the withdrawn recognition
(b) the program must
notify, in writing, current and potential new students of their withdrawn
recognition status within ten (10) business days from receipt of the Board's
notice. Simultaneously, a copy of such notification must be submitted to the
Board within the ten (10) business days.
(3) No other transcripts will be accepted
from a program whose recognition status has been withdrawn effective on or
after a date established by the Board.
(4) Programs losing Board recognition must
reapply for recognition by the Board
A Georgia (physically) based recognized
program that is sold, physically moves or changes the recognized program's name
must file a new school recognition application with the Board within ten (10)
business days from the date of the action:
if sold to a new owner, the new owner must provide, within ten (10) days, a new
application and all supporting documents (including NCBTMB and NPEC current
code/number - see e & f above);
(b) if moving location, report within ten
(10) days the new physical and mailing address, in addition to any other
changes (faculty, curriculum, etc.);
(c) if changing the programs name, but not
physical location, report the name change to the Board within ten (10) business
Therapy educational programs located outside the state of Georgia
may be recognized by meeting the following criteria:
(a) hold, and maintain, a current,
unencumbered NCBTMB school code number; and,
be approved or recognized by the state
the program is located in as meeting the requirements for massage therapy
education (pursuant to the Georgia Board rules
) for licensure in the state
the program is located and operating in; and,
(c) recognition by the Board of any massage
therapy educational program is at the sole discretion of the Georgia Board of
Recognition of massage therapy educational programs located outside of
the United States
is at the sole discretion of the Board:
(a) transcripts will only be accepted if
translated by a reputable and verifiable credential evaluation service. The
Board has sole discretion on the acceptance/approval of a credential
evaluations service utilized by an applicant; and,
the foreign massage therapy education
program must at a minimum be determined to be substantially equal to or exceed
the curriculum requirements set forth in Board rule
(c) recognition by the Board of any foreign
massage therapy educational program is at the sole discretion of the Georgia
Board of Massage Therapy.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-8-.03
Original Rule entitled
"Additional Requirements" adopted. F. Jan. 10,
2007; eff. Jan. 30, 2007.
New Rule entitled "Maintaining Board Recognition Status" adopted. F.
July 2, 2009; eff.
July 22, 2009.
F. Feb. 27, 2012; eff.
Mar. 18, 2012.
New Rule entitled "Board Recognition Status. Amended" adopted.F.
Oct. 30, 2013; eff.
Nov. 19, 2013.