Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies Announces New NCBTMB Board Certification Savings, MASSAGE MagazineMontgomery, NY. The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies (IIHS), approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider (#049478-00), has announced it has developed a savings plan–eligible on 100 of its 125-plus home-study continuing education courses. This savings plan was created to help NCBTMB members who need additional hours satisfy the new requirement of 750 total hours of education for the NCBTMB’s new board certification program.

As of Jan. 1, 2013 the NCBTMB credential of “National Certification” was retired and the “Board Certification” credential was introduced. Taking some NCBTMB-certified massage therapists by surprise, these changes have caused a lot of confusion.

In addition to working directly with the NCBTMB to get answers to common areas that are stumping members, the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies has also created a unique plan whereby members can save anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent on continuing education, so that they may achieve board certification status.

Cheryl Baisley, programming director, and Morris Cohen, president and CEO–both from the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies–recently sought answers from the NCBTMB. In Baisley’s article, “NCBTMB: New Changes Bring Big Confusion,” she details the institute’s findings about which specific requirements must be met to become board certified; what happens if someone does not meet board certification requirements; why the NCBTMB changed its credentials and requirements; as well as the benefits and requirements for renewing board certification.

Cohen states, “Feedback from customers overwhelmingly told us that they are having a hard time wrapping their heads around these new requirements, and they are questioning whether to even become board certified with the NCBTMB due to the expense to reach the new requirement of 750 hours of total education.” Baisley continues, “We tried to dig deep into the situation to clear up any possible confusion. One of our top priorities is to keep therapists apprised of important updates and changes in the massage therapy arena. Posting clear requirements and offering a savings plan were two steps we took to help clarify the confusion and to help massage therapists remain certified and stay at the top in their field.”

To find out which courses apply to IIHS’ newly developed NCBTMB Board Certification Savings, visit http://www.integrative-healthcare.org/promo/ncbtmb/.

To learn more information about all of the 125-plus courses available at the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, visit www.homestudycredits.org or call (800) 364-5722.

About the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education (CE) approved provider (#049478-00) and by the New York, Florida and Louisiana boards of massage therapy. Their CE hours are also accepted by the Texas Board of Massage, AMTA, ABMP and most other state boards. The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies provides postgraduate, distance training for certified massage therapists and other health-care professionals. The distance learning courses offered are convenient, cost-effective, self-paced and easy to follow.

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