Kentucky Massage Therapy Schools & License Requirements

Kentucky is among the most progressive states when it comes to massage industry.

So there are thousands of individuals working and applying to become massage therapists, living the American dream to its fullest.

And also, in Kentucky, your dream of becoming a massage therapist can come true.

And also, all you need to do is meet the requirements, apply and start your work or business.

Begin your journey and watch your success unfold, one day at a time.

So scroll straight to the bottom to see a list of the top massage therapy schools in Kentucky.

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights 

Kentucky is a great state to start your massage therapy business.

But you must start from the beginning and work your way up through the licensing requirements.

Set schooling, licensing, renewal and reciprocity requirements have been issued by the State Board that ensures.

That you are a well-trained and knowledgeable addition to the massage industry in the state.

So continue reading to find out more information.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The state of Kentucky requires that you obtain at least 600 hours of massage therapy education prior to applying for your massage therapy license.

Because these 600 hours will include the following topics:

  • 125 hours of anatomy and physiology
  • 200 hours of massage/bodywork theory and technique
  • 200 hours of business related to the massage industry
  • 40 hours of pathology
  • 35 hours at the school’s discretion

And also, in addition to the 600-hour curriculum requirement.

So you must also receive a passing score on the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

So there are several approved massage therapy schools that provide the required curriculum for your massage therapy license.

And also, the following is a list of these schools and programs along with their contact information.

Gateway Community & Technical College
1025 Amsterdam Road
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: 859-442-4139

Lincoln College of Technology
8095 Connector Drive
Florence, KY 41042
Phone: 859-282-9999

Bluegrass Professional School of Massage Therapy
501 Darby Creek Road #15A
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: 859-264-1450

Lexington Healing Arts Academy
272 Southland Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-252-5656

Advanced Massage Therapeutics
2700 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502-895-3500

Daymar College
4112 Fern Valley Road
Louisville, KY 40219
Phone: 502-495-1040

Louisville School of Massage
7410 New LaGrange Road #120
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 888-487-1740
Email: info@louisvilleschoolofmassage.com

Spencerian College
4627 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40216
Phone: 800-264-1799

Sun Touch Massage School
914 West Broadway
Mayfield, KY 42066
Phone: 270-247-8923

Daymar College
76 Carothers Road
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 859-291-0800

Daymar College
3361 Buckland Square
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 270-926-4040

Licensing/Certification Requirements

In order to become a licensed massage therapist in the state of Kentucky.

And also, you will need to fully complete the application process.

In addition to your application you will also be asked to submit the following documentation:

  • To apply for licensure, you must print and completely fill out the Initial License Application found on the website.
  • And also, you can follow the link here.
  • So which will take you directly to the application.
  • So the Board requires an official copy of your transcripts from the massage school that you attended.
  • Because these transcripts must be mailed directly to the Board by the school in a sealed envelope.
  • And also, a broken seal on an envelope will make the transcripts “unofficial”.
  • Submit a criminal background check.
  • So attach documentation if you have ever been licensed in another state or jurisdiction.
  • Reasons for application denial in the past, if applicable.
  • Enclose a nonrefundable check of $125 made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer.
  • So please mail all documents and your application to the following address:

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

And also, the primary massage therapy board is the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy.

And also, the following is the Board’s contact information should you need to contact them regarding a question or concern about your massage therapy license:

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602
Phone: 502-564-3296
Fax: 502-696-1922

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

And also, starting a massage business in the state of Kentucky is a very exciting and exhilarating process.

So to begin, you will want to utilize all resources available to you in the state.

Because the following are some topics and resources that you might find useful in starting your business:

  • Kentucky One Stop Business Portal
  • And also, choose a name and structure for your business
  • Register your business with the state
  • So file for tax numbers and IDs
  • And also, check local requirements, including licenses
  • So obtain your massage therapy license
  • And also, choose a location and check zoning permits

Massage License Renewal Process

So to begin the renewal process of your massage therapy license, you must document and complete 24 hours of continuing education credits.

Of the 24 total credits, you should obtain at least 3 hours of ethics.

The documentation of these continuing education courses should include:

  • The Course title
  • The Instructor’s name
  • The date attended
  • The hours earned
  • The Provider’s number

Because it is illegal in the state of Kentucky to practice massage therapy with an expired license.

So it is critical that you renew your license in time.

And also, the Kentucky law states that if your renewal is 1 day late, a $150 late fee will be administered to your application.

After 90 days, your license will be terminated if you have not renewed.

And also, you must complete and mail your renewal form directly to the Board.

The online renewal software has been suspended because there were issues associated with it.

To locate the renewal application, please visit http://bmt.ky.gov/ and under the “Resources” tab you will find the “Applications and Forms”.

And also, here you will find the printable version of the application form.

So enclose all fees and mail it to the following address:

KBLMT
Division of Occupations & Professions
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602

Massage License Reciprocity

And also, if you have a license from a state or jurisdiction other than Kentucky.

So then you may be eligible for reciprocity.

Check with the Board directly about the limits and requirements for applying by endorsement.

And also, you may need to prove verification of your license and educational background depending on where you are moving.

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

So 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. 

Here is a list of the top massage therapy schools near you.

And also, we have an arrangement with all of them that allow you to request information for FREE.

Lastly, please do so and take that first step toward a better future.

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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+

9 comments on “Kentucky Massage Therapy Schools & License Requirements
  1. christina Davis says:

    In ohio you can get a license for relaxation massages not therapist without going to school. Can you do this in ky?

  2. Mark Herrington says:

    Can someone please tell me if USCAREERINSTITUTE is a credible on line course for getting my massage therapy hours.
    Thank you

  3. Kentucky is among the most progressive states when it comes to massage industry. There are thousands of individuals working and applying to become massage therapists, living the American dream to its fullest.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I need help.. if I attend a 900hr program in Jacksonville, FL at “Alpha Massage School of Massage” and become licensed in FL, could I later become Licensed in Kentucky (if I was to move there) easily or without re-taking classes or attending school again?

    • Stephanie says:

      Sorry the school in Jacksonville, FL that I meant to refer to is called “Alpha School of Massage”

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Stephanie, you will have to go through the reciprocity process. Whether you have to take additional classes will depend on the requirements of KY and how it compares to FL. Please read our KY massage license requirements page

  5. Sally Vance, RN says:

    Where can I find licensed individuals who are seeking employment? I am looking for a massage therapist, specializing in perinatal massage in the Ashland, KY area, to be a part of a growing multi service business.

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