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New music therapy equivalency certificate program

Published April 13, 2022


Students who studied music for their bachelor’s degree have a new way to become a music therapist through Nazareth College, without the need for a second degree.

Students can apply and audition now for the music therapy equivalency certificate program, which begins in late June 2022 with two summer courses. The 24-credit program can be completed in one year of classes on campus and clinical placements, followed by a 1,000-hour off-campus internship.

This program is in addition to the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy: Music Therapy Specialization that Nazareth already offers.

“Students who are already well-versed in the fundamentals of music and in playing musical instruments now have an option to add the specific knowledge and skills of the music therapy profession to launch a rewarding career using music therapeutically with clients,” says Betsey King, program director.

The equivalency certificate prepares students to take the national qualifying exam and become a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC).

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Julie Long | Senior News & PR Officer | jlong2@naz.edu | (585) 389-2456 | (585) 781-8186 (cell)

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