South Dakota Massage Therapy School Teaching Requirements

As of 2005, the State of South Dakota licenses massage therapists who have successfully completed at least 500 hours of education, passed the MBLEX exam and hold liability insurance.

Teaching massage therapy, however, is still an unregulated profession within the state, beyond the need to be a licensed massage practitioner.

Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors

There are no additional requirements to teach massage in the state of South Dakota, beyond a massage therapists license if the instructor will be teaching hands on massage related material.

A massage license in South Dakota requires 500 hours of education, including:

  • 125 Hours of Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
  • 200 Hours of Massage and Bodywork Assessment, Theory and Application
  • 40 Hours of Pathology
  • 10 Hours of Business and Ethics
  • 125 Hours of Electives Related to Massage

Recommended Experience

There is no state requirement for experience to teach massage therapy within the state of South Dakota, but current job postings prefer at least 1 year of experience in the massage therapy field before applying to teach massage therapy.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 8 hours every 2 years.

Insurance Requirements

The state of South 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.

Fees

There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in South Dakota if a teacher is teaching massage theory.

An initial 2 year license costs $120, with a renewal fee of $45 every 2 years.

Relevant Links

Massage License Application Form

Massage License Education Requirements

Continuing Education

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Requirements to Become a Massage Therapy School Instructor in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina requires licensure for massage therapists, which includes receiving 500 hours of education at an approved Rhode Island Massage Therapy School, as well as passing the MBLEx National Massage Exam.

Though job postings for massage therapy instructors in South Carolina often require a license and at least 3-4 years experience, that state only requires that instructors meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Bachelors degree from a program with content similar to the content that will be offered in the course taught
  • Graduation from a massage school or apprenticeship program with requirements similar to the educational requirements in South Carolina AND a minimum of 3 years experience in the field of massage.
  • Is a licensed massage therapist in another state with requirements similar to South Carolina
  • Has taught at a massage school with requirements similar to that of the state of South Carolina for a minimum of 2 years

With this in mind, there are many different pathways available to someone that wishes to become a massage therapy instructor within the state of South Carolina.

Educational Requirements for Massage Teachers

Within the state of South Carolina on a long term basis, that teaching may be interpreted as practicing massage and thus would require a South Carolina massage license, which requires at least 500 hours of education.

If coursework was not hands on massage, but was related to another subject, such as anatomy or pathology, a bachelors degree in the subject or 2 years teaching experience would be accepted.

Recommended Experience

The experience required to become a massage instructor legally within the state of South Carolina is not entirely clear.  The regulations seem to imply that a licensed therapist needs at least 3 years experience, but also suggest other pathways where someone with 2 years of teaching experience in another state or a bachelors degree related to their field of teaching may also be accepted.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

South Carolina requires at least 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain a licence to practice massage therapy.  Though there are other pathways to teach at a massage therapy school, it is expected that most massage therapy instructors would need to maintain an active massage therapy licence, and thus would need to complete continuing education.

Insurance requirements

Though not required by the state, most practicing therapists maintain professional liability insurance 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.

Fees

There are no explicit fees for teaching massage therapy, but professional liability insurance is strongly recommended.  Massage professional liability insurance ranges from $199 to $235 dollars annually, and is strongly recommended, though not required.  A South Carolina State massage therapy license may also be required, and costs $150.

Relevant Links

South Carolina Massage License Application Form

South Carolina Massage Therapy Board Home Page

South Carolina Requirements for Continuing Education Instructors

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Requirements to Become a Massage Therapy Instructor in Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island requires licensure for massage therapists, which includes receiving 500 hours of education at an approved Rhode Island Massage Therapy School, as well as passing the MBLEx National Massage Exam and a background check.

Massage schools and teachers at massage schools are regulated by the state board of governors for higher education.  Massage schools are defined as post secondary proprietary schools, and must have licensure and approval from the state.

Per the state board of governors for higher education, “qualifications for instructors will depend on the kind of instruction offered and will be considered on an individual basis.”  None the less, they do offer some general guidance for requirements to teach at a proprietary school, including the requirement that all instructors have licenses and recent experience in the field in which they will teach.

Educational Requirements for Massage Teachers

Within the state of Rhode Island, massage instructors must hold a valid Rhode Island Massage license to teach massage therapy at a licensed massage therapy school.

This requires that the teacher receive 500 hours of education.  The license application requires the following documents:

  • $65 Application Fee
  • Certification of Passing the MBLEx Examination
  • Birth Certificate Copy
  • Criminal Background Check
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • 3 Personal Letters of Reference

Beyond the education required for a license, there is no additional education required by the state to become a massage therapy instructor.

Recommended Experience

The experience required to become a massage instructor legally within the state of Rhode Island is not entirely clear.  The state regulations for proprietary schools require that each teacher is licensed in their field, but if licensure does not exist, each teacher must have at least 5 years experience.

Given that licensure does exist for massage therapists, the 5 year minimum experience requirement should not apply.  However, the state regulation goes on to say that “Upon initial employment at the school, each instructor must provide evidence of sufficiently recent educational or occupational experience to assure up‐to‐date knowledge of content, practice and technique in the teaching fields along with knowledge of current teaching methods.”

Thus it seems qualifications are determined on a case by case basis.  Other states require a minimum of 2 years recent experience, and it is likely that Rhode Island would require that of its teachers at a minimum, but it is possible that they could choose to require the full 5 years experience even in the licensed career of massage therapy.  For further information, see section 1.5 of the Rhode Island Requirements for Proprietary Schools.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Though continuing education is not required to maintain a massage license in the state of Rhode Island, the requirements for proprietary school teachers might be interpreted to require some form of continuing education to ensure that teachers keep up to date in the field.

This is determined on a case by case basis, as the requirements are broadly written for a number of different secondary trade schools rather than being specific to the instruction of massage.  In most states, at least 12-24 hours of massage continuing education is required per year to maintain a license, with some portion of those hours being devoted to professional ethics.

It is possible that the Rhode Island board of education may choose to require this for massage teachers on a case by case basis.

Insurance requirements

Though not required by the state, most practicing therapists maintain professional liability insurance 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.

Fees

There are no explicit fees for teaching massage therapy, but professional liability insurance is strongly recommended.  Massage professional liability insurance ranges from $199 to $235 dollars annually, and is strongly recommended, though not required.  A Rhode Island State massage therapy license is required, and costs $65.

Relevant Links

Rhode Island Massage Therapy License Application

Rhode Island Requirements for Proprietary Schools

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Requirements to Become a Massage Instructor in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania does not have specific regulation for massage teachers, other than they be licensed practitioners within the state, and complete all continuing education requirements to renew their licenses every 2 years.

Licensing requires 600 hours of formal post secondary education as well as passing the national MBLEX massage examination.

Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors

There are no additional requirements to teach massage in the state of Pennsylvania, beyond a massage therapists license if the instructor will be teaching hands on massage related material.

A massage license in Pennsylvania requires 600 hours of education, including:

Additionally, a massage therapist must be trained in CPR.

Recommended Experience

There is no state requirement for experience to teach massage therapy within the state of Pennsylvania, but current job postings prefer at least 1 year of experience, with most requiring 2-3 years, and preferring at least 2 years of actual teaching experience.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 24 continuing education hours every 2 years, with at least 4 of those hours in professional ethics.  Additionally, 16 of those hours must be completed in person rather than through online electronic media.

Insurance Requirements

The state of Pennsylvania 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.

Fees

There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in Pennsylvania if a teacher is teaching massage theory.  An initial 2 year license costs $80, with a renewal fee of $75 every 2 years.

Relevant Links

Pennsylvania Massage Therapy Code

Pennsylvania Board of Massage Therapy

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Requirements to Become a Massage Therapy School Teacher in Oregon

The state of Oregon has clear and simple requirements to become a massage instructor at an Oregon massage school.

Oregon requires three years experience in the massage field and a massage license within the state of Oregon.

Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors

While a specific instructor license is not required to teach massage therapy, a massage license is required for all massage therapy instructors in Oregon.  The state requires 625 hours of education, broken down into the following hours:

  • 200 hours of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology
  • 300 hours Massage related curriculum including theory & practical application
  • 125 hours electives

While these requirements are less specific than most licensing states, which require a greater breakdown in the required hours and are more specific about requirements, the state of Oregon also publishes model curriculum to help guide therapists and schools to better achieve their educational goals.

Additionally, electronic fingerprinting and a background check is required to obtain a license to practice, and therefore, to teach massage.

Recommended Experience

The state of Oregon requires all massage therapy teachers at massage schools to have a minimum of 3 years professional experience before teaching.  This is slightly more than most states which require only 2 years experience.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Oregon requires all massage therapists to complete continuing education in order to maintain a license to practice.  The requirement is a minimum of 25 hours every 2 years, with a minimum of 4 hours in professional ethics.  Of those 25 hours, at least 15 must be in person continuing education hours, while the remaining 10 may be online or electronic forms of continuing education.

Insurance Requirements

The state of Oregon requires its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance.  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.

Fees

A massage therapy license costs $240 for the initial license, with a $155 renewal fee every 2 years.  Additionally, liability insurance is required, which varies greatly in price base don provider, but on average costs around $200 per year.

There is no additional instructor license to teach in Oregon, but there will be a variable fee for the 25 hours of continuing education required every 2 years.

Relevant Links

Oregon Board of Massage Therapy License Application

Oregon Board Of Massage Therapy Education Committee Meeting Notes

Oregon Massage Therapy Model Curriculum

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