How to Become a Massage Therapist in Nevada - NV

Referred to as “the Silver State,” Nevada offers the career-minded Massage Therapist (MT) great prospects for continued professional growth in the beautiful setting of America’s Desert Southwest. The state’s population grew by 30% from April 2000 to July 2008, surpassing our nation’s 8% growth rate over this period and signaling an abundance of potential opportunities for workers in this healthcare field.  This means in Nevada, massage therapy certification has the potential to start you on a successful career in bodywork.

Become a Massage Therapist in Nevada

Nevada became the 36th U.S. state to regulate the profession of Massage Therapy, requiring all practitioners to be state-licensed. To operate in Nevada, a massage therapist must:

  • Complete an educational course curriculum through a Nevada massage therapy certification program that consists of 500 hours (minimum). This program will include both academic course work and “hands-on” time.
  • Pass a written exam accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or its successor. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) offers one of the best-known national exams, the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB). Passing this exam earns the professional credential, “NCTMB” (Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). Other national certification tests recognized by the State of Nevada are the National Exam for State Licensing (NESL) and the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM).
  • Obtain a Nevada license to operate from the State of Nevada Board of Massage Therapy. Get the “State Massage License Application” form, which can be downloaded from their website (www.massagetherapy.nv.gov/forms.htm). Complete and submit your application, making sure you carefully follow form instructions and include all documents required. The processing time for a license application is three to five months. State license renewal is required – consult their website for details. 

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