COMTA Shares Release of ELAP Final Report & Blueprint

Posted by: LaToshya Vaughn    |    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations (Coalition members detailed below) announced the publication of the Entry-Level Analysis Project.

The project work group collected and analyzed survey data and information from massage profession projects and documents to make an informed recommendation of core content and training hours. The group’s members used accepted and successful instructional design methods to create a first-draft blueprint of education that was then revised based on feedback from the profession. The detailed educational blueprint was used to tabulate hours based on stated objectives for each subtopic, leading to topic, subject, and curriculum totals, and an informed recommendation of a minimum of 625 training hours. 


The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report (the Final Report) and The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint (the Blueprint) are now available to download from


If you have questions about this project, please contact Dr. Randy Swenson, COMTA Chair at or 202-895-1518.  

Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations includes:
Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE)
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Thank you,

Kate I.H. Zulaski

COMTA Executive Director

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