Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification®

is a brand new, exclusively neonatal, one-of-a-kind certification for neonatal healthcare providers. NTMC® combines a holistic, neonatal and systems theory approach to massage, with an emphasis on families and nurturing opportunities, while elevating the standard of care that neonatal caregivers provide in their daily practice.

The Certification has been developed with a 3-fold purpose: to help NICU babies, families, and staff. It’s all about maximizing positive long-term development of the infant and giving families the opportunity and tools to bond with their infant. Among other things, you will…

  • learn specific touch and massage techniques to maximize growth, sleep, and comfort;
  • sharpen your observation skills of neonates, increase your knowledge of infant development, and raise your understanding of the incredible effects of touch; and
  • facilitate bonding for infants and parents while optimizing infant development.

The Certification process has three phases:

Phase I – Application and Registration
Phase II – On-Line Education
Phase III – Hands-On Training

Phase I: Submit your application for acceptance into NTMC. Once accepted, simply register to begin your On-Line Education experience and choose your Hands-On Training locations.

Phase II: Complete the On-Line Education and pass each exam. Phase II must be completed before attending the Hands-On Training .

Phase III: Choose from one of the locations offered to participate in a 2-day (therapists) or 1-day (nurses) Hands-On Training and pass the final exam.

Upon completion of Phases I, II, and III, you will receive NTMTC (therapists) or NTMNC (nurses) credentials for your professional signature and be placed in our directory of NTMC professionals!

CEUs Provided for Phase II & Phase IIII Hands-On Training:

Phase II NTMC On-Line Education and Phase III NTMC Hands-On Training have been approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, for 18.0 and 8.4 contact hours, respectively.

15.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours have been awarded through the for On-Line Education and 14.5 for the Phase III NTMC Hands-On Training for Occupational Therapists by the Ohio OTPTAT Board, approval numbers 130589 and 140060.

This activity has been approved by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 15.5 CCUs for Phase III Hands-On Training and 15.0 for the On-Line Education for PTs and PTAs. 

At this time CEUs have not been obtained for Speech Language Pathologists.


Fee for NTMC: $875 Therapists and $650 Nurses. A 10% discount is offered if 3 or more candidates apply/register from the same hospital and attend Phase III together.

To apply for participation: You must be a neonatal occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, or registered nurse with a minimum of 1000 hours experience in the neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery.

Ready to apply for acceptance into the Certification? Click here to download an application!

For NTMC schedule and location information, click here.

For information regarding NTMC Recertification, click here.

If you have questions, please email info@infantdriven.com.

Refunds: If a NTMC candidate has not initiated the Phase II On-Line Learning a refund will be provided, minus a 15% servicing fee. If an NTMC Candidate is unable to attend the Phase III Hands-On Training after completing the Phase II On-Line Learning the candidate has 1 year to attend the Hands-On Training in a different location.