To use the designation of NCMMT, a therapist must complete initial coursework in massage therapy, an additional 500 hours of advanced study, and pass a comprehensive national exam given by the Medical Massage National Certification Board.
In 2004, the Medical Massage National Certification Board was formed. It was developed for the purpose of validating the training and knowledge of medical massage therapists at the expected levels of the medical community, (i.e. ability to evaluate for indications and contraindications, understanding of soft tissue pathologies, and appropriate protocols for treating these pathologies) thereby promoting the status and credibility of the profession. The certification test consisted of 150 questions in the following areas:
+ 50% Orthopedic evaluation and treatment, medical treatments (manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercises). - 50% Medical contraindications, advanced pathology and protocols, advanced anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, standards of practice, medical law, basic pharmacology - 50% Medical coding and hands on manual therapy
Through a series of unfortunate events, this certification was short lived. The board has been dismantled do to the health of the founding member, and the cost and complications of turning it over to someone else. There was a very real need in the massage community for a higher level of certification pertaining to clinical massage therapy.