Understanding Competencies

$30.00 members / $30.00 nonmembers     2.0 CE credits

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Competencies allow us to assess students on both practical and theoretical topics. This follow up to the AMTA 2012 Schools Summit offers an overview of what competencies are, how they are created and how they can be used in the classroom. Professor Milnes addresses the specific language of competencies, how they can be used in the classroom and why they are critical to the success of our students. The course demonstrates how Bloom’s Taxonomy can be used to create effective competencies in massage schools.

This course is presented with an audio component. This course contains a downloadable PowerPoint presentation in PDF format that can be used to compliment the presentation.


  • Describe competencies
  • Describe the relationship between consumers and employers and competencies
  • Identify the language of competencies
  • Identify sample competencies for the classroom
  • Identify guidelines for writing competencies
  • Identify guidelines for assessing competencies


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Charlotte Milnes is an Adjunct Professor at Schoolcraft College in the department of Collegiate Skills and Massage Therapy.  Milnes, a nationally certified MT, also owns Touchstone Therapeutic Massage.  She incorporates her background in education and curriculum design with her massage therapy instruction.

Course approval codes

MSP #177

Course expiration

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