How to Become a Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania - OR

In Pennsylvania, massage therapy certification opens up many professional opportunities. Pennsylvania is actively revising a bill at this time that licenses massage therapy professionals within the state that recognizes the importance of the art and science of bodywork and massage therapy. 

Steps to becoming a Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania

  1. After completing the necessary education you will then be able to sit for a national licensing examination that is given by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. At this time Pennsylvania law recognizes the NCBTMB examination and does not require a state specific test in order to grant a license within the state.
  2. Finally once you have completed the national certification you can apply for a license within the state of Pennsylvania.  Additional qualifications you must meet by the laws of Pennsylvania include: the applicant is of good moral character, possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent, has paid the fee for licensing, and is not addicted to alcohol, narcotics or other habit forming drugs.
  3. Pennsylvania law also states that an applicant for license and a practicing massage therapist must have a current CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate. Contact the Pennsylvania chapter of The American Heart Association to find out how to become certified.
  4. Find a job as a massage therapist. Massage therapy is useful in many settings and you could find work in a spa or a chiropractic office. As well you could find a job in a rehabilitation setting.


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