Considering a career in massage therapy?

Our massage school prepares students for a rewarding career in massage therapy! Here are our admission requirements.

Our Admission Requirements

What does it take to get into the Central Maryland School of Massage?

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 17.5 years old by program start date

Sound like you? Here's what you need to do next:

  • Complete our online application
  • Submit the application fee of $50
  • Submit all required documents, such as transcripts
  • Schedule an interview with one of our admissions representatives
  • Go on official tour of the school

Transfer Credits

Transfer Policy

  • Students wishing to transfer credit in to a CMSM program must have taken those credits from an institution which is accredited by an agency recognized by either the USDOE or the Council for Higher Education Association.
  • Tuition will be adjusted for those students who transfer credits into the program as follows:
    Current Tuition - (# of Hours Transferred / Total Hours in Program) x Current Tuition)
  • Transfer credits will not be considered when calculating satisfactory academic progress
  • There are no fees associated with the evaluation of credits for transfer

Procedure For Transfer

  1. Submit a transfer application (standard application with box checked indicating intention to apply for transfer credit). Applicant must also provide all items required for standard application.
  2. Provide a transcript, course catalog, and a full description of the course content from the college or massage school from where the transfer credit was obtained.
  3. Complete a mandatory phone or personal interview to review previous science or bodywork education and to ensure that transfer application policies are clearly communicated and understood.
  4. If all the requirements described above are met, the applicant will be approved to sit for a challenge exam, which must be passed with a score of 75% or higher to be awarded transfer credit. The applicant will receive an outline of exam content, and they may also purchase CMSM texts for studying purposes. The exam will be administered during office hours, to be scheduled by an administrator and the applicant.
  5. If the student does not pass their challenge exam, retakes will not be permitted.

Transferring In Modules A-G

A student may receive credit for previous training or experience for up to 50% of the credits available in the Massage Therapy program. To receive credit, a student must submit a formal request to the Director of Education along with a completed application for credit transfer. The Director of Education, through a review of educational records (transcripts, catalog, and syllabi) will determine whether the applicant has had adequate previous education to receive credit and where it will be applied. The student must furnish all records required for this determination.

Transferring Student Clinic

Transferring clinic hours is not permitted at this time.


In Maryland, there are two types of certification available: registration and licensure. Registered massage practitioners (RMPs) can work in businesses, spas, gyms, salons, health clubs, private practice, resorts, cruise ships, and more, but are prohibited from working in healthcare settings.

Licensed massage therapists (LMTs) may work in health care settings, such as hospitals, doctor's offices or chiropractor's offices, in addition to anywhere an RMP can work.

Upon graduating, our students are equipped and eligible to sit for the MBLEx exam offered by the Federation of State and Massage Therapy Board (FSMTB). After successful completion of the MBLEx exam, graduates are eligible to take the Maryland Massage Therapy Jurisprudence Exam, as well as corresponding exams in most other states. If you may want to practice in another state after graduation, it's always best to confirm what that state's requirements are beforehand.


Central Maryland School of Massage is fully accredited by the ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training).

Central Maryland School of Massage (CMSM) is also approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to grant certificates and to operate in Maryland as a private career school.

Program performance data including program enrollment, completion rate, placement rate, and pass rate of graduates is available from:
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-3301


Maryland Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

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