When pursuing an education in massage therapy, it's important to make sure that it's accredited. Localities and/or states often have laws and regulations regarding massage and the practice thereof, making accreditation necessary for the education to be considered valuable by other massage professionals and the government. In addition, accreditation also gives the student confidence in the reliability and quality of the massage education they're receiving.
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), is the largest accrediting body for massage education accreditation. Seeking to improve education for students pursuing massage therapy education, COMTA thoroughly and continually evaluates schools and their massage programs. The standards by which they accredit are established by active massage practitioners and educators.
Along with COMTA, there are several regional accrediting bodies:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The following are resources related to massage therapy accreditation:
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
- National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
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