No state licensure is required for Physical Therapy Aides, Massage Therapists, Personal Fitness Trainers, Medical Billing and Coding Specialists, or Medical Assistants in the state of California. However, massage therapists are required to obtain a permit from the city or county in which they want to work. Prior to enrollment, all students are advised to check with the city and/or county where they would like to be employed about the requirements needed to obtain a massage permit in that city or county. Before enrolling, students should also be aware that background checks may be required in order to obtain permits, licensure, or voluntary certification for a career in massage therapy.
Southern California Health Institute’s students are eligible, upon graduation and successful passage of the MBLEX exam, to become a certified massage therapist (CMT) through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). The CAMTC has approved Southern California Health Institute’s curriculum for certification in accordance with senate bill 731 (SB 731) of the state of California. For more information about certification through the CAMTC contact them directly at (916) 669-5336 or at http://www.camtc.org.
The state of California does not issue any type of licensure to massage therapists or physical therapy aides. In order to practice massage therapy, graduates of either the Advanced Professional Massage Therapy or Physical Therapy Aide programs may receive voluntary certification from CAMTC. This voluntary certification will permit the therapist to practice massage throughout the state of California depending on the employer’s requirements. Students who wish to work as massage therapists outside of California are encouraged to research the specific requirements needed to be legally eligible for employment within that state. Licensure and/or certification requirements vary state to state. Likewise, the state of California does not issue any type of licensure in order to work as a Personal Fitness Trainer. However, voluntary certification is available through various organizations. The Personal Fitness Trainer/ Health & Wellness Professional program at SOCHi is designed by NASM to prepare the student to sit for the NASM certified personal trainer certification exam. Licensure and/or certification may vary state to state.
Additionally, there is not a California state regulation which requires Medical Billing and Coding Specialists or Medical Assistants to be licensed to work in their field. The Medical Assistant program at SOCHi prepares its students to sit for a certification exam as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or NCCT.