Massage Therapy

September 2011
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body (NCBTMB)
  Certified Massage Therapist Source Notes
Required level of general education 500 hours of course instruction To become certified, a massage therapist or body worker must: Complete a minimum of 500 hours of instruction; Demonstrate mastery of core skills, abilities and knowledge; Pass a standardized NCBTMB exam; Uphold NCBTMB's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics; Complete continuing education for recertification
Hands-On Animal Patient Training None required    
Certification Exam NCBTMB exam (only required in 38 states) This map highlights (in bronze) the 38 states – plus the District of Columbia – that use or recognize NCBTMB examinations in statute or rule
Continuing Education Required Yes, but amount not specified To become certified, a massage therapist or body worker must: Complete continuing education for recertification
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No    
Overseeing agency / regulating body None  
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779