Where to Find An Acupuncture School

June 24, 2010

For those who wish to become an acupuncture practitioner, there are various acupuncture school options throughout the United States and other parts of the world. It is not something you can learn on your own but is a very specialized field. Whether you are choosing just acupuncture or the entire field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you will need to attend school to learn the practice. When you look, you will find that there are both acupuncture school options as well as those who run an entire curriculum of TCM.

One of the best ways to find an acupuncture school is through an online search. You can certainly look into your local area, but your resources are very limited. This is not the kind of curriculum that you will find at your local university or community college, but with an online search you will be able to find acupuncture schools that are close to where you live. At the same time you will be able to find the requirements, tuition, location, and much more. With all of the information right in front of you there will be no need to spend hours on the phone or traveling to find a school that meets your needs.

One thing you may want to consider is the possibility that you may need to travel out of town to find an acupuncture school. If you live in a small town, there is a good possibility you won’t find any acupuncture schools within commuting distance. The field is not as wide open as traditional medicine, and even medical schools are not located in every city. Choosing a quality acupuncture school is very important for your future as a practitioner, thus you must make sure you choose a good school and not one based upon location and tuition alone.

If you are unsure which an acupuncture school is the best, talk to some people who are already in practice and are willing to share their information with you. You may even be able to speak to your local university and obtain some information on acupuncture schools and which ones are likely to meet your needs. As one of the alternative medicines, acupuncture does not yet have the recognition it deserves. With that in mind, it is going to be more difficult to find acupuncture schools than a traditional university, especially in smaller towns. That doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream, but you do have to be willing to travel. For example, some acupuncture schools are located in one state and provide training in another one. You must be prepared for that and not expect to train in the same state where your college is located.

Massage Therapy Continuing Education

June 2, 2010

Fulfilling Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Massage therapy continuing education is not only a good idea for maintaining a career in massage therapy; in many states, it is the law. Likewise, massage therapy continuing education is a requirement of membership in the American Massage Therapy Association (the premier governing body for the field) and certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB); certification by the NCBTMB is the standard for high quality care, and is the law in a number of states regulating massage therapy.

National Requirements For Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Regulatory requirements for massage therapists vary by state in the U.S.; up to 13 states do not regulate massage therapy, but in those states some local ordinances might apply. It is best for students to gain an understanding of their local requirements for continuing education as it applies to massage therapy to ensure that they are practicing legally.

In states that do regulate massage therapy practices (37 states and the District of Columbia) the standard that is used is often the standard for licensure set by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA); in fact, certification by the AMTA (in the form of the NCBTMB) is the licensing requirement in a number of states. Practically speaking, the best course for massage therapists to follow is to meet the educational standards of the AMTA, which will ensure that their practice is a quality practice with the versatility to practice throughout the United States.

What The AMTA Requires For Continuing Education In Massage Therapy

The AMTA requires students to complete at least 48 hours of massage therapy continuing education every four years; this requirement begins with the first full year a therapist holds Professional Active Membership in the association. Continuing education programs must meet the standards of the AMTA or be approved by the NCBTMB. The AMTA accepts trainings of a hands-on, experiential manner, trainings in theory, and research education as fulfillment of the requirement.

The AMTA does not approve courses themselves, but relies on the student to make the determination as to whether a course in massage therapy continuing education fits the description of a qualified program (the description can be found through the AMTA). Alternatively, students can choose a course approved by the NCBTMB.

Once coursework is completed, therapists will also need to know where to submit proof of the work in massage therapy continuing education; some states may be satisfied with submission to the AMTA, but others may require submission to the governing state body as well. The AMTA requires proof upon membership renewal (every 4 years), but does accept submissions prior to filing as courses are taken (submission is a matter of filing a simple form, available online).

Continuing education in massage therapy is never a waste of time, as it can only further a massage therapy career. Understanding requirements for completion and submission of massage therapy continuing education is an important part of maintaining a professional massage therapy career.