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Transfer of Hours

Recognition of Credits Transferred From Other Institutions

The San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork will only recognize clock hours from other California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) approved schools where the curriculum is substantially similar in scope and content to one or more Modules of the Massage Therapist Program. Incomplete hours from other programs not held at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork shall not be recognized or constitute hours of credit towards SFSM programs. Transfer hours will not be absorbed into the hours received from the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork. Applicants must submit transcripts from all schools attended when applying for state certification through the CAMTC. Please note: the CAMTC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not accept any or all transfer hours. Transferred clock hours will be rounded down to the nearest equivalent SFSM module and the student shall begin at the subsequent module in the program of study. For example, a student who received 325 hours of substantially similar training would be credited academically for 300 hours of training at SFSM and credited with having completed Modules 1 & 2 at SFSM. Similarly, financial credit shall be awarded equivalent to the portion of clock hours transferred. Therefore, a student who transferred 150 hours from another institution would be discounted 150 hours of tuition at SFSM. Transfer hours may not make up more than 50% of the 500 hours required by the CAMTC for certification therefore SFSM may not allow students to transfer into the Massage Therapist program starting any later than Module 3.

To receive transfer of clock hours, students will be required to complete a written exam or exams comparable as required for passing an individual module or program. Hands-on examinations are administered at an additional expense of $75 to ensure basic hands-on competencies. However, “testing out” is otherwise not applicable. SFSM does not grant credit for professional experience, non-credit classes, or classes or programs completed from institutions not recognized by the state of California or an appropriate accrediting bureau recognized by the Department of Education or by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. This institution has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.

Tuition adjustments for transferred clock hours will be based on the clock hour value of the program tuition charged. Financial credit will be equal to the hours transferred multiplied by the tuition per-hour for the program of study at SFSM less books, registration, and Student Tuition Recovery Fund fees (when applicable). Due to the integrated nature of SFSM’s programs, transfer of clock hours will not exempt students from attending specific classes. All transfer students are expected to attend every class as scheduled for their program of study.


San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Student Clinic
– Located at the 16th Street Campus
2973 16th St., Ste 100 – Ground Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103