A qualified music therapist must complete a comprehensive four-year baccalaureate program in addition to a 1,040 hour internship. Course work includes: music therapy principles and practice, applied music, music theory and history, psychology, sociology, biological and physical sciences, research and fieldwork. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, a music therapist is eligible to sit for the board certification exam in order to hold the Music Therapist-Board Certified credential (MT-BC). In the state of Wisconsin, music therapists can also be registered with the Department of Regulation and Licensing with the credential of WMTR.
In addition, The National Music Therapy Registry lists qualified music therapy professionals with the following designations: RMT, CMT, ACMT. These individuals have met accepted educational and clinical training standards and are qualified to practice music therapy until the year 2020. After that time, MT-BC will be only acceptable entry-level credential.