Kansas Massage Schools & Certification Requirements

First of all, located in Midwestern America, Kansas is a beautiful state to work and also, own a massage therapy business in.

So here, you have the opportunity to experience all that America has to offer beautiful sedimentary rocks and also, rock formations, great central plains, long quiet rivers and lakes as well as gorgeous national parks and historic sites.

Because it is no wonder Kansas is a favourite destination for tourists and also, residents alike.

Plus, Kansas is a budding state for massage therapy jobs.

And also, to find out the rules and regulations to become certified and also, licensed in the state of Kansas, continue reading.

Scroll straight to the bottom to see a list of the top massage therapy schools in Kansas.

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

Although the state of Kansas does not have a specially designated Massage Therapy Board.

The healthcare industry is governed and overseen by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

But there are no set requirements for licensing of a massage therapist in Kansas.

So does that mean you have to enrol in a physical therapy school in Kansas instead? Not necessarily either.

However, the attempt to pass a House Bill regarding state legislature for massage therapy failed, leaving the requirements.

Because of the scope of practice and other regulations without becoming established.

However, there are regulations on becoming educated and also, taking national examinations to prove that you can operate and also, understand massage therapy as a whole.

Note:  There is no state level licensing for massage in Kansas.

Cities across the state can regulate the profession if they choose to do so (for example, the city of Overland Park does)

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

Schooling requirements for massage therapy in the state of Kansas indicate that you must complete at least 500 hours of in-class, supervised instruction at an approved school or massage therapy program.

So some of the topics you will and should expose to during your schooling include the following:

  • Sports Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ethics and Business Practices

In addition to your schooling, the state of Kansas requires that you take and also, pass one of the National Exams.

The following are the examinations that you may choose from:

  • MBLEx – The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination
  • NCETMB – The National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • NCETM – The National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Licensure Qualifying Programs

In the state of Kansas, there is nine approved massage therapy schools and also, programs that you may choose to attend.

Below is a list of these schools and their contact information for your records:

Colby Community College
1255 South Range Avenue
Colby, KS 67701
Phone: 888-634-9350

Butler County Community College
901 South Haverhill
El Dorado, KS 67042
Phone: 800-794-0188

WellSpring
9140 Ward Parkway #100
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 866-443-9140

WellSpring
947 New Hampshire- on 10th St.
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: 785-856-3903

Pinnacle Career Institute
1601 West 23rd Street #200
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: 785-841-9640

National American University
10310 Mastin
Overland Park, KS 66212
Email: opadmissions@national.edu
Phone: 913-981-8700

Body & Soul Therapeutics Massage School
353 North Hillside
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-618-5789

Heritage College
2800 South Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67210
Phone: 316-681-1615

Kansas College of Chinese Medicine
9235 East Harry Street
Wichita, KS 67207
Phone: 888-481-5226

Licensing/Certification Requirements

So in June of 2013, the state of Kansas attempted to pass a state legislature, known as House Bill 2187.

Because this bill was supposed to set all training requirements, define the scope of practice, provide a Massage Therapy Board and also, create local regulations in regards to the massage therapy industry of Kansas.

So if this bill had been passed, which it was not, all individuals, including you, would need to become licensed by the state under the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

However, there is hope for a new bill to be passed this year to establish these much-needed regulations and requirements.

So nonetheless, to receive your practising license after you have obtained your education.

And also, an initial license costs $75 and must be renewed every two years with acceptable amounts of continuing education credits.

You can read about the massage therapy requirements by State here.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

Because the House Bill 2187 was not passed in the state of Kansas.

Hence, there is no one set agency or board that oversees and governs the massage therapy industry.

However, it is the hope of the state that the Kansas State Board of Nursing will take on this responsibility this coming year.

So if you would like to contact them, you may refer to the following information:

Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street Suite 1051
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230
Phone: 785-296-4929
Fax: 785-296-3929
www.ksbn.org

Requirements to Start a Massage Business in Kansas (Massage Establishment License)

Starting your massage therapy business in Kansas can be a time-consuming, yet very rewarding experience.

Below are a few of the steps you might and also, should complete before starting your business:

  • So to develop a business plan to outline your goals and expectations for your massage business./li>
  • So finance your business – check into local banks for loans, ask close friends and also, relatives and also, seek out assistance from organizations such as the Small Business Administration.
  • Obtain a Kansas state tax identification number.
  • Identify payroll needs.
  • And also, hire employees (if you need additional employees).
  • And also, file the name of your business with the state of Kansas.

Certainly don’t feel like you have to get into the business.

Mostly, there are many massage therapy jobs in Kansas that pay well given the demand in the State.

Massage License Renewal Process

So due to the absence of a governing Massage Therapy Board and also, set requirements and regulations.

Hence the state of Kansas does not have a method of properly renewing your massage therapy license.

And also, if the expected new bill is to pass, the renewal process will likely become active.

Furthermore, you generally need to renew your license every 2 years with 12 hours of approved continuing education hours.

Therefore the renewal fee is $75 that can be paid to the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Massage License Reciprocity

As a result, it stands, there are no set rules or guidelines for reciprocity in the state of Kansas.

Note: Specific personal information, office addresses, fees, payments etc.

May change over time.

Although we do our best to keep this site up to date.

So please ensure you contact the state board to obtain the most recent information at the time of your application.

And also, here is a list of the top massage therapy schools near you. We have an arrangement with all of them that allow you to request information for FREE.

So please do and also, take that first step toward a better future.

Matching School Ads

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Programs:

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We offer training programs designed to prepare our students for careers in fields such as healthcare, beauty, culinary, and skilled trades

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Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy's innovative program will help you learn the art of massage therapy and introduce you to a range of career opportunities. Through a holistic approach to education, you'll be well-trained to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, with sport teams, or to start a private practice.

 

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Programs:

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Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

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Successful careers begin at the Milan Institute. We offer quality hands-on training, experienced faculty and a staff committed to helping you realize your goals.

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Learn how to become a massage school teacher in Kansas here.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

8 comments on “Kansas Massage Schools & Certification Requirements
  1. Mariah Tapassi says:

    I am currently in the process of moving to the State of Kansas from Wisconsin. I am degreed in Health Science and am Nationally certified in Massage Therapy and I am currently state certified in Wisconsin. I am employed at Massage Envy in Appleton, Wisconsin.

    I am needing the information for Kansas licensing and would like to speak to someone as to all the requirements necessary to practice here in Kansas.
    If you could please get back to me at your soonest convenience via email I would appreciate it.
    thanks you,
    Mariah

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Mariah,

      The requirements are all listed above. Is there a specific question you have to which the above write up is missing an answer to? We can update this page based on your response. In addition, have you contacted the Kansas board directly? And if so what did they say? Please share with us here and we can further help you.

  2. Mariah Tapassi says:

    Yes I did contact them directly, however, they told me there are no current regulations for practicing massage.

    I just need to know if there is a state exam I need to take or if there is just a state fee. I am moving in a few weeks and will be putting my resume together.

    Thanks!

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Mariah, some States do not regulate/govern the massage practice, though trends are moving toward regulation. If there is no regulation, you can likely practice. In Kansas, because the State has no requirements, some cities take it upon themselves to govern the requirements. That said, we recommend getting your credentials as this will serve you better in the long term, and will also help with reciprocity if you were to move your residence in the future. Not only that, someone with the credentials commands more attention. Think about it, will you go to someone who is certified or not certified when you need a service performed?

  3. Dan Bowers says:

    I grew up in Kansas, and have been licensed in Texas since 1991 (for 24 years). I’m nationally certified (NCBTMB – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)since 1994. When I first got licensed the requirements in Texas were 260 hrs of schooling. I’ve taken over 700 hrs of CE classes since then. I’m getting divorced and moving back to Kansas (elderly sick parents). With no licensing in Kansas, the requirements goes city-by-city. In the individual city sites I keep reading that I need 500 hrs of schooling AND they don’t reciprocate with any other states. When I inquired about this … several city employees stated I might wanta go back to school / Are they nuts, like I’m gonna go to school for 6-9 months to continue doing what I’ve done for 24 years. Ever run into this type scam before??

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Dan – there have been many instances where the number of years of experience has been taken into positive consideration to grant a local State license in a new State. In addition, some jurisdictions have exercises the grandfather clause (given requirements were different when you initially got certified/licensed). These are the two points you want to highlight when you speak to the board directly.

  4. Laura E Wing says:

    If there are no licensing requirements, why would someone need to have 500 hours of schooling?

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Laura – the two are mutually exclusive. Some jurisdictions may not require a formal license, but they may require a certain level of training. Otherwise anyone could put up a sign and practice massage without the knowledge of the science behind it

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