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State by State Massage Requirements

for NHI Graduates

  • Here, you will find an NHI Graduate specific breakdown of massage therapy licensing / certification requirements listed by state. This resource was compiled by NHI staff to assist you if you chose to practice Massage Therapy outside of California.
  • Included in these links:
    • Contact information
    • Steps for an NHI Student / Graduate
    • Cost
      • Many states require you to take the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam), which costs $195.
      • If you have already passed the MBLEx, you only need to pay a $20 transfer fee.
  • Please note: State Massage Therapy regulations are subject to change at any time and may differ slightly from what is displayed here. Please check the state websites for most up to date regulatory information.
  • If you are in need of any additional support, please contact your local Student Life and Career Coordinator

Contact Information

Alabama Massage Therapy Board

2777 Zelda Road

Montgomery, AL 36106

Phone: (334) 420-7233

Fax: (334) 263-6115

Email: massagetherapy@alstateboard.com

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 650 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Alabama application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Alabama Massage Board

 

Cost:

  • $25 – Application request fee
  • $100 – License fee
  • $20 – MBLEx results transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript fee

Contact Information

Alaska Board of Massage Therapy

P.O. Box 110806

Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Phone: (907) 465-3811

Fax: (907) 465-2974
Email: randy.brown@alaska.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Alaska application
  4. Fingerprint and background check
  5. Current CPR certification
  6. Completion of at least 4 hours of safety education in blood borne pathogens and universal precautions
  7. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Alaska Board of Massage Therapy

 

Cost:

  • $200 – Non-Refundable application fee
  • $290 – Initial massage therapy license
  • $60 – Fingerprinting fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript request fee

Contact Information

Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy

1400 West Washington, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8604
Fax: (602) 542-8804
Email: info@massageboard.az.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 700 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Arizona application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete this online application.
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete the reciprocity application.
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Arizona Massage Board.
  5. Provide a color 2 x 2 photo.
  6. Provide a fingerprint card with your application. The card should have APPLICANT on the left hand corner. (this must be done at a fingerprint location).
  7. Proof of U.S. Citizenship / Non U.S. Citizenship. List A and B are included with application.
  8. Page #4 of the application must be notarized correctly.
  9. A money order or a cashier check only will be accepted for payment; payable to the AZ MASSAGE BOARD. Or Credit Card if Online application.

 

Cost:

  • $2.50 – Convenience fee for online application
  • $217.00 – Total fee to process a 2-year License (without optional wall certificate)
  • $242.00 – Total fee to process a 2-year License, and an optional wall certificate ($25.00 fee)
    • Once the application is completed you will receive a username and password and will be able to log into your account to check the status of your application and license.
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Arizona (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to Arizona on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Official Transcripts sent to Arizona from NHI
  • $5-15 – Passport picture. Or download an app on your phone & print out/upload picture.

Contact Information

Arkansas Department of Health

Cosmetology and Massage Therapy Section

4815 West Markham, Slot #8

Little Rock, Ar 72205

Phone: (501) 683-1448

Fax: (501) 682-5640

Email: info@arkansasmassagetherapy.com

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Arkansas application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Arkansas Massage Board.
  5. Background check
  6. Copy of valid photo ID
  7. Copy of Social Security Card
  8. TB Test (less than a year old)
  9. NHI Diploma

 

Cost:

  • $75 – Application fee
  • $80 – License fee
  • $25 – Law Exam fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript fee

Contact Information

Department of Regulatory Agencies

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350

Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 894-7800

Fax: (303) 894-7764

Email: dora_massagetherapists@state.co.us

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Colorado application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete this online application.
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete the online application above
      • Submit verification of your license
      • Demonstrate competency through Active Practice or CC/CE
        • Completing 24 hours of continuing education related to massage therapy during the two years immediately preceding the Colorado application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Colorado Massage Board.
  5. Fingerprints and background check

 

Cost:

  • $200 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript fee

Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Massage Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1982

Email: dph.alliedhealth@ct.gov

Contact for questions regarding licensure process (and best contact for requests to expediate application processing): oplc.dph@ct.gov.

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam Information
  3. Connecticut Application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, follow this link
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certificatoin/Licensure, follow this link (therapist must complete a minimum of 100 hours of documented work to qualify for reciprocity).
  4. Get the completed application notarized (visit a notary public to do so)
  5. Have NHI complete a verification form. The form must be sent directly from your school to the Connecticut Department of Public Health

Cost:

  • $375 check (to accompany Application for Licensure). Please make payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”);
  • $4.75 check (to accompany Application for Licensure). Please also make payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”
  • $5-$20 Passport photo fees
  • $20 Fee to have MBLEx results from MBLEx examination taken in another state transferred.

Contact Information

Board of Massage and Bodywork

Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904

For state government mail service, use SLC Code D420A.

Phone: (302) 744-4500 *Hours of operation are 8:15am – 4:15pm

Fax: (302) 739-2711

Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
      • Comprised of the following:
        • 100 hour of Anatomy and physiology
        • 300 hours of technique and theory of massage or bodywork therapy
        • 75 hours of elective courses in the field of massage therapy
        • 25 hours of ethics, law, and contraindications
  2. Exam Information
  3. Delaware Application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, download and complete this application
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, download and complete this application (in order for Reciprocity to be valid, therapist must have worked in current jurisdiction for two continuous years and must obtain a verification letter from their current Massage Therapy Board
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Delaware Massage Board, (if not filing under reciprocity).
  5. Submit a copy of both sides of current CPR certification card (online courses are not accepted).

Cost

  • $134 – Licensed Massage Therapist
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx to Delaware (Non-Applicable if results were sent directly to Delaware on original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Official Transcripts sent to Delaware from NHI

Contact Information

Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy
899 North Capitol Street, NE,

Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.442.5955
Fax: 202.442.4795

 

Applications/Payments

DC Board of Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 37802
Washington, DC 20013

Phone: 877.672.2174

Fax: 202.727.8471

Mon – Fri 8:15 a.m to 4:45 p.m.

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500
  2. Exam information
  3. Washington D. C. application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Washington, D.C. Massage Board.
  5. Provide 2 color passport photos.

 

Cost

  • $262 – Application fee
  • $15 – Transcript request from NHI
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Washington, D.C. (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to Washington, D.C. on your original FSMTB application)
  • $5-$15 – Passport photo

Contact Information

Florida Board of Massage Therapy

Customer Contact Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
(850) 488-0595

 

Applications and Fees ONLY:
Department of Health
Board of Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

 

Board Office
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
(850) 245-4161
FAX: 850-412-2681

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirement
    • 500 hours – NHI is an approved school
  2. Exam information
  3. Florida application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete this online application
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete this online application
    • Be aware that Florida requires therapists to complete 10 hours of continuing education to maintain valid licensure
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Florida Board of Massage Therapy

 

Cost

  • $50 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $100 – Licensure fee
  • $5 – Unlicensed activity fee
  • $15 – Transcript request from NHI
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to
    Florida (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to Florida on your original FSMTB application)

Contact Information

Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Applications/Payments:
P.O. Box 13446
Macon, GA 31208
Phone: 478.207.2440
Fax: 877-588-0446

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate

  1. Minimum Hour Requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Georgia application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, download and complete this application
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, download and complete this application and indicate applying by endorsement
      • Please note, if CAMTC was obtained through a grandfathering process, the therapist will need to meet the minimum standards set forth by the George Board of Massage Therapy
  4. Note that you will be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years in order to keep your Georgia state license current
  5. For those applicants NOT located/living in the state of GA, the fingerprints and processing must be completed at a Georgia COGENTS/GAPS location.
  6. Note: if you are currently licensed in another state, you may meet these requirements “By Endorsement.” This implies currently possessing a license in good standing from another city, state, or county that has licensing requirements that are equal to or more stringent than the licensing requirements in GA

 

Cost

  • $125 – Application Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Georgia (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to Georgia on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Official Transcripts sent to Georgia from NHI

Contact:

Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy
Dept of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Professional and Vocational Licensing
Attn: Massage
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-3000
Email: massage@dcca.hawaii.gov

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
  2. Exam information
  3. Possess current infant and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) Certification from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy.
    • You must meet the Hawaii requirements that are in place at the time you submit your application.
    • Out-of-State certifications/licenses CANNOT be transferred.

 

Cost:

$50 – Application fee

$15 – Transcripts

$80-116 – CPR training through the American Red Cross.

Contact Information

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Physical Address:
700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

(208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at mas@ibol.idaho.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Idaho application
    • If Massage Therapist does not have CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete this application
    • If Massage Therapist does have a CAMTC or other State Certification/Licensure, complete the application by endorsement
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy

Cost:

  • $50 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $75 – Initial application request fee
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Idaho Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Idaho on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Idaho from NHI
  • $Varies – Notary fees

Contact Information:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

100 West Randolph, 9th Floor | Chicago, IL 60601
320 West Washington, 3rd Floor | Springfield, IL 62786

1 (888) 473-4858

Useful Links:

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Illinois application
  4. Applicant must submit to a background check through the state of Illinois
  5. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Illinois Massage Board.
  6. Review the checklist

Cost:

  • $175– Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Illinois Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Illinois on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Illinois from NHI

Contact Information

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: State Board of Massage Therapy
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Staff Phone Number: 317-234-8800
Staff Email: pla14@pla.in.gov
Agency Fax: 317-233-4236

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Indiana Application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
  5. Submit 2 passport photos
  6. Include a notarized copy of your professional liability insurance
    • Alternative: The insurance provider may email a certificate of insurance directly to pla14@pla.in.gov
  7. If therapist holds certification/licensure from another state, the state board must provide verification directly to the Professional Licensing Agency. County and City permits are not accepted for reciprocity.
  8. Complete Criminal Background Check through identogo.com AFTER submission of application.

 

 

Cost

  • $100 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $75 – Initial application request fee
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Indiana Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Indiana on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Indiana from NHI
  • $Varies – Notary fees

Contact Information

Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health

Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone (515) 281-0254
FAX (515) 281-3121

Media Questions (515) 281-6693

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  4. Create an account with the Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure
  5. Iowa application
  6. Request an NHI catalog/brochure and curriculum
  7. Send Section 3 of the Iowa application to NHI to complete (pages 4-6)
  8. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Iowa board office
  9. CPR Certification
  10. If already certified in California, request CAMTC submit proof of certification to Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensing.
  11. Mail in Application with all required documentation
    • Important: Include all documents and Fees listed on application, including NHI’s catalog and syllabus.

 

 

Cost:

  • $120 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Iowa Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Iowa on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Iowa from NHI
  • $Varies – CPR Training course

Kansas Massage Therapy Requirement

With the failure of HB 2123, the ‘Massage Therapy Licensure Act’, massage therapist practice remains an unlicensed profession in Kansas. Legislation has been introduced more than once. However, Kansas is one of only a few states where massage therapy is not regulated on a state level.

This does not mean that there are no standards. Some Kansas municipalities have their own regulations in place. Individuals who are not subject to licensing regulations can still seek out education and training that meets nationally recognized standards; they may even seek voluntary national certification. Professional organizations can help members stay informed of professional trends and of bills that may in the future impact their practice.

Complying with Local Regulations

It is important to recognize that some local municipalities set their own regulations. In Kansas, it is not the size of the city that determines whether a massage therapist will need a license to practice. Municipalities like Lenexa license massage therapists while some larger cities do not.

Requirements vary, even among those municipalities that license. Overland Park has standards on a par with many U.S. states. Licensees must have 500 hours of education related to the practice of massage therapy (http://www.opkansas.org/doing-business/permits-and-licenses/massage-therapy-license/). Education is to include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, hygiene, and first aid, as well as practical training in massage therapy. Prospective massage therapists must also pass a national examination such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

 

Useful Links:

State by State Licensure Resource Guide- Kansas

The Kansas Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

If required by city:

MBLEx Result Transfer Form

NHI School Document Request Page (Transcripts etc.)

Contact Information

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy

911 Leawood Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-782-8808

Fax: 502-696-5230

Email: TammyK.Sharp@ky.gov

 

Useful Links:

Kentucky Board of Licensure forms and documents

MBLEx Result Transfer Form

NHI School Document Request Page (Transcripts etc.)

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Request and FBI background check; this processes can take 13-15 weeks; applicants are advised to submit the request several months in advanced of applying.
  2. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  3. Exam information
  4. Kentucky application
  5. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Kentucky Massage Board
  6. Attach 2 Passport sized photos
  7. In the presence of a notary sign and date application
  8. Mail in Application with all required documentation
    • Important: Include all documents and Fees listed on application

 

Cost:

  • $125– Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $10 – $20 Passport Photos Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Kentucky Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Kentucky on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Kentucky from NHI
  • $Varies – Notary fees

Contact Information

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy

2645 O’Neal Lane, Bld. C, Ste. E

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Phone: (225) 756-3488

Fax: (225) 756-3493

Email: admin@labmt.org

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Louisiana application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
  5. Passport photo

Cost:

  • $75 – Application fee
  • $31.25 – $125 – Professional License Registration (prorated based on time of application)
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript fee

Contact Information

Maine Massage Therapy

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation

Office of Licensing & Regulation

35 State House Station

August, ME 04333

Phone: (207) 624-8603

Fax: (207) 624-8637

Email: massage.therapy@maine.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Maine application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Maine Massage Board.

 

Cost:

  • $25 – Application fee
  • $40 – Licensure fee
  • $21 – Criminal history check fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners

4201 Patterson Ave, 3rd floor

Baltimore, MD 21215-2299

Phone: (410) 764-4738

Fax: (410) 358-1879

Email: laurie.sheffield-james@maryland.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • Licensed Massage Therapist
      • Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy or 600 hrs + 60 college credits in which 24 of those credits are in applied and basic science related to healthcare
    • Registered Massage Practitioner
      • 600 hrs
  2. Exam information
  3. Maine application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Maine Massage Board.
  5. Unofficial college transcripts of 60 credits or more (if applying for LMT)
  6. Valid photo ID
  7. Passport photos on white background (2)
  8. CPR Certification
    • Healthcare provider level for LMT
    • Basic CPR for RMP

 

Cost:

  • $250 – Application fee ($150 application and $100 jurisprudence exam)
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Division of Professional Licensure

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Massage Therapy

1000 Washington St, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

Phone: (617) 727-3074

Fax: – (617) 727-1944

Email

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 650 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. New Hampshire application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Maine Massage Board.
  5. Official statement of verification from CAMTC (keep in sealed envelope; do not open) or have it sent directly to Massachusetts
  6. Two signed letters of reference
    • Employer in the massage therapy or medical field
    • Unrelated person who can comment on professional integrity
  7. Copy of proof of insurance

 

Cost:

  • $225 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Michigan Board of Massage Therapy

P.O. Box 30670

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 335-0918

Fax: (517) 373-2179

Email: bhpinfo@michigan.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Michigan application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Maine Massage Board.
  5. Michigan will send instructions regarding completion of criminal background check
  6. Proof of completion of training to identify victims of human trafficking
  7. High school transcripts, or GED
  8. Send Supervised Curriculum and Certification of Completion of Massage Therapy Supervised Curriculum to NHI

 

Cost:

  • $95.95 – Application fee and processing fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Massage Therapist Requirements in Minnesota

Minnesota does not, as of 2015, have a law to license or register massage therapists at the state level. However, this does not mean there are no laws in place. Massage therapists in many municipalities, including St. Paul, Hopkins, and Burnsville do work under licenses.

Contact Information

Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 20
Morton, MS 39117
Ph: (601) 732-6038
Ph: (601) 732-1803
Email: director@msbmt.state.ms.us

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 700 hours
      • CEUs 24 hrs from CEU Board approved program and CPR biannually
  2. Exam information
  3. Fill out application for Mississippi State Law Examination (MSLE) EX.01
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Mississippi
  5. Proof of HIV/AIDS awareness training (must be detailed on official transcript)
  6. Current CPR card from American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Safety and Health Institute, or Emergency Care and Safety Institute
  7. Current First Aid card from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute
  8. 2 recent passport photos
  9. Mississippi central criminal database & Federal Bureau of Investigation Background checks
  10. “Authority to Sit” paperwork (official document filled out by school)

Costs

  • $190 MBLEx fee and background check fee
  • $15 to 20 passport photo ID
  • $15 Transcript Fee
  • $136 Mississippi State Law Examination and Background check fee
  • $20 MBLEx transfer fee

Contact Information

Missouri State Board of Therapeutic Massage
Division of Professional Registration
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Ph: (573) 522-6277
Fax: (573) 751-0735
E-mail: massagether@pr.mo.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  4. Missouri application
  5. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Missouri State Board
  6. Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI Background check

 

Costs

  • $190 MBLEx and background check fee
  • $15-20 passport photo
  • $15 transcript fee
  • $125 Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage Application fee
  • $20 MBLEx transfer fee

Contact Information

Montana Board of Massage Therapy
PO BOX 200513
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Ph: (406) 841-2370
Fax: (406) 841-2305
Email: dlibsdlmt@mt.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Montana Application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Montana Massage Board
  5. Proof of age 18+ (driver’s license or birth certificate)
  6. 2 letters attesting to good moral character of the applicant sent directly to the board office by individuals who are not family members. References included with the application are not accepted

Costs:

  • $190 MBLEx and background check fee
  • $15-20 passport photo
  • $15 transcript fee from NHI
  • $20 MBLEx transfer fee
  • $140 Montana license application fee

Contact Information

Nebraska Massage Therapy Board
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Licensure Unit

P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: (402) 471-2117
Fax: (402) 471-3577
Email: rita.watson@nebraska.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirement
    • 1,000 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Nebraska application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Nebraska Massage Board
  5. Provide a color 2 x 2 photo.

 

Cost:

  • $190- Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $20- Initial application request fee
  • $15-$20 Passport Photo Fee

Contact Information

Nevada Board of Massage Therapy
1755 E. Plumb Lane Suite 252
Reno, NV 89502
Phone (775) 688-1888
Fax (775) 786-4264
Email: nvmassagebd@state.nv.us

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirement
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Nevada application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Nevada Massage Board
  5. Passport photo
  6. Follow the instructions as outlined

Cost:

  • $190- Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $20- Initial application request fee
  • $15-$20 Passport Photo Fee

Contact Information

New Hampshire Office of Program Support, Licensing & Certification Services

Board of Massage Therapy

129 Pleasant Avenue

Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 271-9480

Fax: (603) 271-5590

Email: janet.mccully@nh.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 750 hours
  2. Exam information
    • Pass the MBLEx Exam (have results sent to New Hampshire)
    • Complete MBLEx Result Transfer Form to have proof of test sent to New Hampshire
  3. New Hampshire application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Maine Massage Board.
  5. Copy of NHI diploma
  6. Passport photo
  7. Current CPR and First Aid
    • American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or National Safety Council

 

Cost:

  • $110 – Application fee and processing fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy

124 Halsey Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 504-6520

Fax: (973) 648-3481

Email: askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. New Jersey application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the New Jersey Massage Board.
  5. Passport photo
  6. CPR and First Aid certification, including AED
    • American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, Coyne First Aide Inc., American Safety and Health Institute, or EMP International

Cost:

  • $60-$120 – Application fee (depends on application time during bi-annual renewal period)
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

New Mexico Massage Therapy Board

2550 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4870

Fax: (505) 476-4645

Email: massage.board@state.nm.us

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 650 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. New Mexico application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the New Mexico Massage Board
  5. Send Form A to NHI for completion
  6. If obtaining licensure by credential, provide valid credential
  7. Passport photo
  8. CPR and First Aid certification, including AED
    • American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, Coyne First Aide Inc., American Safety and Health Institute, or EMP International

Cost:

  • $75 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information
Regulatory board
New York State Board of Massage Therapy
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Ph: (518) 474-3817 ext. 150
Fax: (518) 486-2981
E-mail: msthbd@nysed.gov

Steps to Getting a New York License as an NHI graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 1,000 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. New York application
  4. Have NHI complete the Certification of Professional Education form and return to New York State Board
  5. Have had Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation “CPR” training within 3 years prior to licensure.

 

Cost:

  • $108 – Application fee
  • $20 – Initial application request fee

Contact Information

Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy
PO Box 2539
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: 919-546-0050
Fax: 919-833-1059
Email: admin@bmbt.org

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Print and complete the, “Application Request Form” or complete the online “Request for Application”
  3. Obtain one of the following to document minimum education requirement
    • High School diploma
    • GED
    • Diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (massage therapy school transcripts and diplomas do not meet this requirement)
  4. Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate to verify age
  5. Submit 4 official moral character forms
  6. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the North Carolina Massage Board
  7. Send Verification of Official Curriculum to NHI
  8. Exam information
  9. Complete application once received from North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy
  10. For more information, review the Instructional Handbook

 

Cost:

  • $190 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $20 – Initial application request fee
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to North Carolina Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to North Carolina on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to North Dakota from NHI

Contact Information

North Dakota State Board of Massage

P.O. Box 98

Mandan, ND 58554

Phone: (701) 667-9378

Email: pb.lmt.nd@gmail.com

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 750 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. North Dakota application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the New Mexico Massage Board
  5. Copy of NHI diploma
  6. School Affidavit sent to NHI for completion
  7. Affidavit of Compliance completed and notarized
  8. Certificate of physical exam within 6 weeks of application
  9. Current CPR certificate
  10. Passport photo
  11. North Dakota will forward information regarding the Jurisprudence exam
  12. If applying by reciprocity, State Verification Form must also be completed

 

Cost:

  • $150 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Ohio State Medical Board

Massage Licensing Division

77 South High St., 17th floor

Columbus, OH 43266-0315

Phone: (614) 466-3934

Email: questions@med.ohio.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 750 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Ohio application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Ohio Massage Board
  5. Criminal background; FBI and Ohio State
  6. Certificate of education form sent to NHI for completion

 

Cost:

  • $150 – Application fee
  • $24 – FBI Criminal record check fee
  • $22 – Ohio bci fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering

2401 NW 23rd St. #84

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Oklahoma application
  4. Birth certificate or driver’s license
  5. Proof of liability insurance
  6. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Oklahoma Board
  7. Current Criminal history from Oklahoma

 

Cost:

  • $50 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Oregon Board of Massage Therapy
728 Hawthorne Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-365-8657
Fax: 503-385-4465
Email: OBMT.Exam@state.or.us

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 625 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Oregon Application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Oregon Massage Board
  5. Passport sized photograph taken within the last 12 months
  6. Copy of valid government issued photo ID
  7. Valid CPR Certification

 

Cost:

  • $100 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $40 – Fingerprint Processing Fee
  • $50 – $100 – Initial License Fee
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Oregon Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Oregon on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent with application from applicant to Oregon – when receiving transcripts from NHI…DO NOT open the sealed envelope; it will invalidate the transcript.

Contact Information

State Board of Massage Therapy

P.O. Box 2649

Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: 717-783-7155
Fax: 717-787-7769
Email: ra-massagetherapy@pa.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  2. Exam information
    • Pass the MBLEx Exam (have results sent to Pennsylvania)
    • Complete MBLEx Result Transfer Form to have proof of test sent to Pennsylvania
  3. Pennsylvania application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Pennsylvania Massage Board
  5. Complete two certifications of Good Moral Character
  6. Send Verification of Massage Therapy Education to NHI

 

Cost:

  • $65 – Application fee
  • $15 – $20 Passport Photo Fee
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Pennsylvania (Non-Applicable if you indicated to
    • send results to Pennsylvania on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Original Transcripts sent to Pennsylvania from NHI

Contact Information

Rhode Island Department of Health

Office of Health Professional Regulation

3 Capitol Hill, Room 104

Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone: (401) 222-5960

Fax: (401) 222-1272

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
    • Pass the MBLEx Exam (have results sent to Rhode Island)
    • Complete MBLEx Result Transfer Form to have proof of test sent to Rhode Island
  3. Rhode Island application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Rhode Island Department of Health
  5. Passport Photo
  6. Copy of Birth certificate
  7. 3 letters of good moral character
  8. First Aid and CPR

 

Cost:

  • $65 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

South Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy

PO Box 11329

Columbia, SC 29211-1329

Phone: (803) 896-4588

Fax: (803) 896-4484

Email: informationrequest@llr.sc.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirement
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
    • Pass the MBLEx Exam (have results sent to South Carolina)
    • Complete MBLEx Result Transfer Form to have proof of test sent to South Carolina
  3. South Carolina Application
  4. Passport photo
  5. If therapist currently holds a valid CAMTC, copy of current certification sent from CAMTC
  6. High School diploma, high school transcript, or GED
  7. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the South Carolina Massage Board

 

Cost:

  • $50 Application fee
  • $100 Licensing fee
  • $10 Duplicate license
  • $5 License verification
  • $15- $20 Passport photo fee
  • $20 Transfer MBLEx results to South Carolina Board
  • $15 Original NHI Transcript

Contact Information

South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy

Jennifer Stalley

Executive Secretary

PO Box #340, 1351 N. Harrison Ave

Pierre, South Dakota, 57501
Phone: (605) 224-1721
Fax: (888) 425-3032
Email: SDBMT@midwestsolutionssd.com

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. South Dakota application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the South Dakota Massage Board.
  5. Provide a color 2 x 2 photo.
  6. Verification letter from CAMTC if therapist holds a current and valid CAMTC
  7. Proof of malpractice or professional liability insurance
  8. Verification of Education – sent to NHI
  9. Copy of Birth Certificate or Driver’s license

 

Cost:

  • $75 Nonrefundalbe renewal fee
  • $45 Licensing fee
  • $15 NHI Transcript
  • $20 Passport photo
  • $20 Transfer MBLEx results to South Dakota

Contact Information

Board of Massage Licensure

665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 1-800-778-4123

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Tennessee application
  4. Birth certificate or equivalent document
  5. 2 original signed and dated letters from health care professional that include their professional licensing credentials attesting to your personal character & professional ethics
  6. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Tennessee Massage Board
  7. Mail in Application with all required documentation
    • Important: Include all documents and Fees listed in the
    • Regular Licensing Handbook (Link Above)

 

Cost:

  • $280 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI Transcript
  • $5-$15 – Passport photo fee

Contact Information

Texas Department of Health Services

Massage Therapy Licensing Program

P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 1982

Austin, TX 78714-9347

Phone: (512) 834-6616

Fax: (512) 834-6677

Email: massage@dshs.state.tx.us

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Texas application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Texas Massage Board.
  5. CPR certification
  6. Copy of high school diploma, GED
  7. Written statement, completion of 500 hours of education

 

Cost:

  • $215.00 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official Transcripts sent to Texas from NHI
  • $5-15 – Passport picture

Contact Information

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

Board of Massage

P.O. Box 146741

Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

Phone: (801) 530-6628

Fax: (801) 530-6511

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Utah application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Utah Massage Board.

 

Cost:

  • $100 – Application Fee
  • $15-$20 – Passport photo fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript request fee

As of 2015, Vermont does not license massage therapists, though there are groups in the state working toward greater regulation.

Contact Information

Virginia Board of Nursing

9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300

Richmond, Virginia 23233

Phone: (804) 367-4400

Fax: (804) 527-4466

Email: nursebd@dhpvirginia.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Arkansas application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Virginia Board of Nursing
  5. Fingerprint code will be emailed after receipt of application. Fingerprints completed exclusively with Fieldprint VA

 

Cost:

  • $140 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – Official NHI transcript fee

Contact Information

Washington State Department of Health Board of Massage

Dept. of Health

P.O. Box 1099

Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Phone: (360) 236-4700

Email: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Washington application
  4. Request transcripts from NHI and send directly to the Washington Department of Health
  5. CPR
    • American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  6. Four contact hours of training in HIV-AIDS
  7. If applying without CAMTC, a Board of Massage Education Endorsement form must be sent to NHI
  8. If applying with CAMTC, a Board of Massage School Completion form must be sent to NHI

 

Cost:

  • $141 – Application fee
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board

179 Summers Street, Suite 711

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (800) 871-7265

Fax: (304) 558-1061

Email: linda_lyter@frontier.com

Useful Links:

 

Steps for an NHI Student/Graduate:

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 500 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. West Virginia application
    • Print a license packet here
    • Applying via reciprocity
      • provide the West Virginia State Licensure Board with a copy of your current license from the State where you practice along with copies of your current continuing education units (certificates) if licensed over two year and proof of the successful completion of the NCBTMB exam
  4. Send Form #1 to NHI for completion
  5. Please note that page 3 of this application must be notarized, and that page 5 must be sent to the West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensing Board within 30 days
  6. Please note that if you have been out of school for 2+ years before applying for your license, you must follow the NCBTMB’s guidelines for continuing education. While more information can be found at ncbtmb.com, or by calling 800-296-0664, in brief, these specify that you must have attained at least 24 hours of C.E.U.’s (continuing education credits). The documentation for these must be sent to the licensing board, and must include the title (of the class, workshop, etc.), the date, place, number of hours of instruction, sponsor, and the person to call to verify attendance. In order to keep current with this requirement, you must complete at least 3 C.E.U.’s in Professional Ethics every two years. Finally, please note that your license may be audited as often as once every two years.

 

Cost

  • $50 – Initial Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $300 – Two Year License Fee (Initial or Reciprocal)
  • Notary public fee (for notarizing page 3 of application): variable. (*Notary services are usually available at UPS, Mailbox rental stores, etc).
  • $20 – MBLEx score transfer fee
  • $15 – NHI official transcript request fee

Contact Information

Department of Safety and Professional Services

1400 East Washington Avenue, Room 112

Madison, WI 53703

Phone: (877) -617-1565

Email: DSPS@Wisconsin.GOV

  1. Minimum hour requirements
    • 600 hours
  2. Exam information
  3. Wisconsin application
    • Print and complete this application
    • If Therapist has a CAMTC they must:
      • Submit a copy of the rules and regulations currently in effect pertaining to the practice of Massage Therapy or Bodywork Therapy from the jurisdiction from which the application wishes to reciprocate
      • Substantially Equivalent referring to completion of the NCBMTB or 600 hours of classroom instruction
      • Submit verification of current certification by written proclamation. The letter must include birth date, credential number, date of issuance, and a statement regarding disciplinary actions.
  4. Current CPR/AED certificate from an approved provider
  5. Copy of Certificate of Insurance

 

Cost:

  • $190 – Application fee (includes license and background check)
  • $50 – $100 – CPR/AED Certification
  • $20 – Transfer MBLEx results to Wisconsin Board (Non-Applicable if you indicated to send results to Wisconsin on your original FSMTB application)
  • $15 – Fee to have NHI send official transcripts to Wisconsin
  • $8 – additional fee if you have a legal record that requires deeper background check
  • $15 – $20 – Previous State License Verification (see above)

Wyoming does not license massage therapists, though there are groups in the state working toward greater regulation.