Music Therapy Equivalency Program
Music Therapy Equivalency Program
If you are interested in healthcare professions and have a passion for music, consider becoming a music therapist. The Music Therapy Equivalency Program (MTEP) at Washington Adventist University is designed for those who already hold an undergraduate degree (most typically in music, music performance, or music education), but who wish to complete requirements for professional certification as a music therapist. Rather than completing a second bachelor’s degree, the student completes courses that will teach competencies required for professional certification by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
For most students with an undergraduate degree in music, the MTEP requires 3 semesters of on-campus study (usually part-time enrollment), followed by a 6-month required internship. Some students may require additional credits which will necessitate at least a semester longer to complete the equivalency program. Students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than music must complete basic coursework in music (i.e., music theory, lessons on a major instrument, music history, etc.) in addition to the core music therapy program. All required credits outside of the core curriculum are offered at WAU.
A music therapist works with people of all ages and needs, in settings like general and psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, daycare facilities, nursing homes, schools, and private practice, among others. Individuals who complete the MTEP are eligible to sit for the Board Certification exam to earn the credential MT-BC which is necessary for professional practice.
WAU’s MTEP curriculum is approved by the American Music Therapy Association, and WAU is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM).
What you will learn
1. The relationship between music therapy, research, and practice.
2. A variety of music therapy methods and implement services in clinical settings across distinct population groups.
3. To document music therapy services according to the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice.
4. Practice music therapy in a professional and ethical manner as delineated by the AMTA Professional Documents.
How long will it take?
The Music Therapy Equivalency Program can be completed in approximately 24 months, depending on how many supplemental courses are needed and the number of credits a student takes each semester. This program is offered with Sunday and weekday evening courses, so working professionals can attend school while maintaining their jobs. While some courses will have hybrid/online elements, most courses are on our campus located one mile from Washington, D.C., in Takoma Park, Maryland.
What Can I Do With A Music Therapy Equivalency Program?
Music therapy interventions promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, promote physical rehabilitation, and more. For this reason, a music therapist works with people of all ages and needs, in settings like general and psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, daycare facilities, nursing homes, schools, and private practice, among others.
Washington Adventist University is accredited by: the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM).
6 Starts to the 2021-2022 Academic Year
Fall Semester: Session I: Aug 29-Oct 22 Session II: Oct 24-Dec 17
Spring Semester: Session I: Jan 9-Mar 3 Session II: Mar 7-Apr 22
Summer Semester: Session I: May 1-Jun 23 Session II: Jun27-Aug 19
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Classes are offered in 8-week sessions, allowing you to complete this program in just *3 semesters.
* Foundation courses in psychology may increase the time needed for completion.
Our tuition rates are competitive (Undergraduate – $465) less your substantial tuition discount if your employer is a partner with the SGPS). This will allow you to earn a high-quality education at an attractive price.
Classes are offered online, face-to-face, and/or hybrid in the evenings (one night a week). Here at SGPS, you can select a pace that is tailored for your life, choosing to take as few or as many classes as you want.
Evening Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
For more than 35 years, Washington Adventist University (WAU) has been a leader in providing career-building degree programs for working professionals through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). In a supportive and nurturing environment that meets the needs of adult learners, the SGPS currently offers six accelerated evening undergraduate and professional programs and ten master’s programs (including two fully online – the Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Public Administration programs).
Brenda Chase, PhD, MBA
Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies
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