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Information for Alternate Route Students

The Alternate Route is defined as a Master's degree plus dance/movement therapy training from qualified teachers.  Applicants from the Alternate Route must have completed a Master's degree (or higher), all required general training coursework and dance/movement therapy coursework, fieldwork, and an internship.  Students may pursue the DMT training for Alternate Route simultaneously with a Master's program.


Please view the   R-DMT Applicant Handbook for a more in-depth explanation of requirements.


Consult the ADTA website (under Educational Information) to see a list of Alternate Route Opportunities.


Alternate Route Intention Form


Dance/Movement Therapy Coursework

These courses must be taught by a BC-DMT with exceptions noted in the R-DMT Applicant Handbook.

     Dance/Movement Theory and Practice: 270 hours or 18 credits

     Group Processes in Dance/Movement Therapy: 45 hours or 3 credits

     Movement Observation: 90 hours or 6 credits

     Kinesiology or Human Anatomy/Kinesiology: 45 hours or 3 credits


General Training Coursework

General Training Coursework must be taken at an academic institution at the graduate level.  These courses may be taken as part of related Master's degree program.

     Research Design and Methodology: 45 hours or 3 credits

     Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology: 45 hours or 3 credits

     Developmental Psychology: 45 hours or 3 credits

     Group Processes: 45 hours or 3 credits

At least two additional advanced psychology or counseling courses to total 90 hours or 6 credits.



Three months full-time or its equivalent in part-time hours to total 200 hours of basic clinical exposure supervised by a licensed mental health professional.  This clinical exposure may occur prior to dance/movement therapy training and may be part of the applicant's Master's degree program.



700 hours or more in a clinical setting following or concurrent with education and supervised by a BC-DMT.  Prior to starting internship, 9 credits of dance/movement therapy coursework must be completed.  In addition, 9 credits of general training coursework must be completed prior to internship.


Dance Training and Experience

Five years concentrated study in at least one dance form such as modern, ballet, jazz, tap, ethnic or folk, leading to competence in the basic fundamentals of dance.  Dance training can have occurred at any time in an applican'ts lifetime, but some of it should be recent.



The following should be noted by all students pursuing the R-DMT via the Alternate Route:

  • The student should inform the DMTCB of the date on which they began their first dance/movement therapy course. Alternate Route Intention Form
  • All Dance/Movement Therapy courses must comply with the Guidelines  for BC-DMT’s Teaching Courses to Alternate Route Students, but do not have to be taken in an academic institution.
  • Applicants are advised to consider the requirements for licensure as a mental health practitioner in their state of residence. Those who wish to sit for the National Counseling Exam (NCE) to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) must have a degree in a mental health field, i.e. DMT, Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work.
  • Approval of Alternate Route courses is done by the ADTA Approval Committee, and is sought by the teacher of the course. Please do not ask the DMTCB to pre-approve your Alternate Route DMT coursework. It is not required that you take courses that are pre-approved, but if they are not, you must comply with the requirements documenting the course as described in the procedural information.
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