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How to Become a Massage Therapist in Missouri - MO

After finding a suitable Missouri Massage Therapy certification program, enroll through the admissions office. Some Missouri massage therapy certification programs can become quite expensive, but financial assistance and student loans are available. Most Massage Therapy programs will include some type of supervised internship, in which students work under the direct supervision of a licensed Massage Therapist.

Upon graduation from the Massage Therapy program, you have the option of taking one of a few examinations before becoming licensed to practice in Missouri.

  • One of them is the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Examination (NCBTMB) Before taking the test, you must apply. Your application must include a $225 fee, Background Check, Statement of Understanding, Candidate Compliance and Applicant Authorization sections, along with a photocopy of a current U.S. government issued photo ID. If your application is complete and accepted, you will then receive in the mail an Authorization to Test (ATT) with instructions on how and where to take the exam.

    National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
    1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 240,
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-5243
    (800) 296-0664
    www.ncbtmb.org

  • Another option for licensure is to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), also recognized by the State of Missouri. This exam is administered by Pearson Vue testing centers across the United States. Applications can be completed online at www.fsmtb.org.
  • Other exams recognized by the State of Missouri for licensing Massage Therapists include the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupunctureand Oriental Medicine), administered at Pearson Vue testing centers across the United States; and the AMMANCE (American Manual Medicine Association Diplomate Examinations). These exams are not as popular among licensed Massage Therapists in Missouri as the NCBTMB or MBLEx. Requirements for both of these exams vary, and can be found at www.nccaom.org and www.americanmanualmedicine.com.  

It's a good idea to then apply for membership in a professional organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Benefits of membership include access to Professional Liability Insurance, which is a requirement for licensure in the state of Missouri.

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
500 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(877) 905-2700

You may then apply for licensure through the Board of Therapeutic Massage in the state of Missouri. Your application must include a recent head shot photograph of yourself, a $100 application fee, verification of your education in Massage Therapy, a list of your work experience in Massage Therapy, verification of Professional Liability Insurance, information if you've ever held a Massage Therapist license from another state, and a Criminal Background check. The complete application can be found at:

pr.mo.gov/boards/massage/Application%20for%20Licensure.pdf. 

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