Investing in Education: AMTA's Commitment to Advancing the Profession

By Editorial Staff

Investing in Education: AMTA's Commitment to Advancing the Profession

By Editorial Staff

A common thread in discussions of advancing the massage profession is education and standards, however, accreditation also plays an important role. As such, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has announced a scholarship program, which will help schools achieve COMTA accreditation.

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) accredits both educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork, and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency since 2002.

"AMTA is proud to provide assistance to those schools that can realistically achieve COMTA accreditation, but are not financially able to make the commitment to do so," says AMTA President Joan Nichols. "This will benefit both the schools and the whole profession."

"We cannot be more pleased and appreciative of AMTA's bold initiative to partner with COMTA in support of our vision to see the benefits of specialized accreditation as a recognized standard in massage therapy education," says COMTA in a joint comment from Chair Cliff Korn and Acting Executive Director Dawn Hogue. "Because of AMTA's generous contribution, more schools and programs can now pursue COMTA accreditation and proudly demonstrate their high standards of educational excellence!"

Details about how schools can apply for assistance will be available in the coming months, please visit

AMTA's Pledge to Education

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) has been diligently working toward launching the National Teachers Education Standards Project—but funding has delayed their efforts. However, due to a generous pledge of $75,000 from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) the AFMTE announced the project will be ready by year's end.

"The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education deeply appreciates the generous grant from the AMTA," says Stan Dawson, AFMTE President. "It will enable us to accelerate the launch of our teacher certification program, allowing every massage educator to become a certified teacher."

AMTA is committed to high standards in the massage therapy profession and views the AFMTE teacher education project as an important means to elevate the initial education of future massage therapy students. "Teacher training and standards are just as important to our profession as massage therapist education standards," says Joan Nichols, AMTA President.

For more information about AFMTE's project please visit: