The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) strives to provide accreditation to massage therapy and bodywork programs for the purpose of meeting standards of education and reflecting current teaching practices in massage therapy. COMTA began as American Massage Therapy Association's Council of Schools, which unified standards of education to students entering into the massage field in the 1980s. Today, COMTA serves as a non-profit organization that grants accreditation to schools and programs that volunteer for consideration.
COMTA has a five-year accreditation cycle through the U.S. Department of Education. Currently COMTA is able to accredit massage therapy schools that offer associates degrees, professional development, and certificates. Like other accrediting agencies, COMTA constantly monitors and amends their professional and educational standards to reflect new research and trends within the industry. Panels are created that include professionals, faculty members, students and COMTA consultants to help develop and maintain standards that are effective in supporting student learning and ongoing improvement within the educational settings.
COMTA offers support and consultation services for schools vying for accreditation, as well as for individuals that are interested in the accreditation process. Information about COMTA can be found on their website, at http://www.comta.org/.