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Chapter 345-8 REQUIREMENTS - BOARD RECOGNIZED MASSAGE THERAPY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Rule 345-8-.01 Curriculum Requirements. Amended

In order to be a Georgia Board recognized massage therapy education program, the program must have a minimum curriculum of five-hundred (500) total clock hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction. For purposes of this rule,"supervised" means the supervisor is physically on-site, qualified and immediately available. The minimum required subject matter and activities and the minimum required hours are as follows:

(a) A minimum of one hundred twenty-five (125) hours of in-class supervised instruction in human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology;
(b) A minimum of forty (40) hours of in-class supervised instruction in pathology;
(c) A minimum of two-hundred hours (200) in massage therapy theory, technique and practice, which must include in-class supervised instruction of clinical techniques and hands-on clinical practice and must include, at a minimum, the following subject matters: effleurage/gliding; petrissage/kneading; compression; friction, tapotement/percussion; vibration; direct pressure; superficial warming techniques; pumping; stretching; jostling; shaking; rocking;
(d) A minimum of one hundred twenty-five (125) hours of in-class supervised instruction in contraindications, benefits, universal precautions, body mechanics, massage history, client data collection, documentation, and legalities of massage, professional standards including draping and modesty, therapeutic relationships and communications;
(e) A minimum of ten (10) hours of in-class supervised instruction in ethics and business (to include a minimum of six (6) hours in ethics); and,
(f) Of the five hundred (500) total clock hours, the curriculum must include a minimum of fifty (50) hours in supervised student clinical practice, but no more than sixty (60) hours in supervised student clinical practice. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prohibit a massage therapy school that has a curriculum greater than five hundred (500) hours from having more supervised student clinical practice so long as it has at least four hundred and forty (440) hours of in-class supervised instruction.
(g) If an applicant transfers from another massage therapy education program into a massage therapy education program recognized by this Board and any of the clock hours from the original program(s) are accepted as a part of the program to which the applicant transferred, the name of the original program and the clock hours accepted from that program must be identified on the transcript provided to the Board. If the transferred hours are not from a board recognized massage therapy education program, the hours may not be used to satisfy the curriculum requirements of this rule.

Rule 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.

Rule 345-8-.03 Board Recognition Status

(1) In 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 345-8-.01 and 345-8-.02, and the additional requirements below:
(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 handbook, and;
(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.
(f) the program must possess a current, unencumbered Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) Authorization number.
(2) 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 status.
(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
(5) 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:
(a) 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 days.
(6) Massage 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,
(b) 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 345-8-.01 and 345-8-.02 ) 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 Massage Therapy.
(7) 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,
(b) 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 345-8-.01; and,
(c) recognition by the Board of any foreign massage therapy educational program is at the sole discretion of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.