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Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT)

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) acknowledges the attainment of a basic level of competence in dance/movement therapy, achieved through the completion of dance/movement therapy education and training.  The R-DMT signifies both the first level of entry into the profession and the individual's preparedness for employment as a dance/movement therapist within a clinical and/or educational setting.


There are 2 "routes," or ways, to obtain the training needed to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT). After obtaining the R-DMT, one may continue working toward becoming a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT).


1. ADTA Approved Graduate Programs meet all of the educational requirements for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapy (R-DMT) credential. The ADTA approves programs that meet the requirements described in the ADTA Standards for Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Programs. Graduates from Approved Programs are recognized by the DMTCB and granted the R-DMT upon completion of the R-DMT Approved Program Application


2. The ADTA and Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board also recognize an Alternate Route to dance/movement therapy registry (R-DMT). The Alternate Route requires a masters degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher learning in combination with specific general training and dance/movement therapy coursework, a fieldwork experience and a DMT internship.


View the Education & Training section for information on current educational opportunities. Read the  R-DMT Applicant Handbook  for detailed information on R-DMT requirements.


R-DMT Applicant Handbook

Information for Alternate Route Students 

Application Forms (save to your computer, fill in, then print)
R-DMT Approved Program Application

R-DMT Application for Alternate Route & Other DMT Program Applicant


Support Documentation Forms (print)
Evaluation and Documentation
Fieldwork Verification
Internship Verification
Letter of Recommendation
Supervision Tracking Grid


RECERTIFICATION: R-DMT certificants must complete 50 hours (clock hours) of Continuing Education every 5 years.

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