What are acceptable course categories?

The FSMTB has determined that courses taught in the following categories are acceptable for inclusion in the CE Registry. Inclusion does not guarantee acceptance for license renewal; only state licensing boards have the authority to accept continuing education for license renewal

ACCEPTABLE COURSE TOPICS

Anatomy & Physiology – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in the structure and function of the body.

Applications & Tools – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in using applications and tools in the practice of massage therapy

Applications – The topical application of any preparation, including but not limited to, the external application of hydrotherapy, thermotherapy and cryotherapy to augment the effects of massage therapy treatment.

Tools - Manual devices that mimic or enhance the actions of the hands.

Instructor Training – Courses to prepare individuals to teach in the massage profession.

Kinesiology – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in the study of the movement of the body.

Modalities – Eastern/Asian – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in Eastern/Asian massage modalities.

Modalities – Western – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in Western massage modalities.

Pathology – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in the study of diseases that affect the human body and their implications for massage.

Pharmacology – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in the interactions between medications and massage.

Professional Practice – Courses in the following topic areas:

  • Assessment
  • Benefits of Massage
  • Body Mechanics
  • Business
  • Communication with Clients
  • Contraindications
  • Documenting/Charting
  • Record Keeping
  • Treatment Planning
  • Third Party Reimbursement
  • Universal Precautions

Regulatory Ethics – State required regulatory education courses.

  • Addictions/Substance Abuse
  • Boundaries
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethics
  • Human Trafficking
  • Infectious Disease Control
  • Laws
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Medical Error Prevention Regulations
  • Scope of Practice
  • Sexual Misconduct/Abuse

Research – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in the process of scientific research pertaining to massage therapy.

Special Populations – Courses whose main purpose is to instruct students in providing massage/bodywork to special populations of clients.

  • Athletes/Fitness
  • Disabilities
  • Geriatric
  • Hospice
  • Infants and Children
  • Military
  • Orthopedic
  • Obesity
  • Oncology
  • Pregnancy
  • Trauma

Other – Courses whose main purpose is not found in any other category. These courses will be reviewed for acceptance on a scheduled basis.

UNACCEPTABLE COURSE TOPICS

The FSMTB does not accept courses that are outside of the massage therapy scope of practice. Some unacceptable course types pertain to:

Advanced science

Exercise

Qi Gong

Applied Kinesiology

Feng Shui

Sea shells

Animal massage

Herbal remedies

Social work

Bamboo

Homeopathic remedies

Spirituality

Chiropractic assistant

Light therapy

Supplements

Crystals

Martial Arts

Tai Chi

Crystal bowls

Meditation

Therapist Self-care

Dancing

Non-biological science

Tuning Forks

Diets

Nutrition

Ultrasound

Dry needling

Personal training

Weightlifting

Electric stimulation

Pilates

Yoga

Energy work

Psychology