The state of North Dakota requires that all persons practicing massage therapy, including instructors at approved massage therapy schools, receive a massage therapy license. Licensure requires 750 hours of education, as well as passing the national MBLEX massage examination.
Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors
Massage instructors teaching massage technique or theory courses are required to have a massage license, which requires 750 hours of massage education and passing the MBLEX exam.
The state of North Dakota specifies that the 750 hours of education include the following curriculum:
- 150 hours of anatomy and physiology
- 45 hours of pathology
- 90 hours of kinesiology including muscular origin, insertion, action and relevant nerve connections
- 10 hours of first aid, hygiene, and CPR
- 30 hours of business practices
- 30 hours of professional ethics
- 300 hours of instruction in massage therapy theory and techniques
- 95 hours in contraindications, universal precautions, body mechanics and ethics
There is no specific experience requirement for instructors at massage therapy schools, but most states and municipalities require at least 2 years of professional experience after receiving a licence before teaching massage therapy.
It is expected that reputable massage schools within North Dakota would require at least 2 years of professional experience.
Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers
Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years, and only 9 of those hours may be completed online or remotely as opposed to in person instruction. Continuing education courses must be approved by the state, and teachers may apply for approval using this form.
The state of North Dakota does not explicitly require its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance. Given that insurance costs are relatively low, and risk can be potentially high, it is a good idea to carry insurance even though it is not required.
Liability insurance is available through a massage professional organization, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.
There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in North Dakota. An initial two year license costs $150, with a renewal fee of $100 every 2 years.