Mississippi Massage Therapy Schools & Requirements

The state of Mississippi is a beautiful place to own and operate your personal massage therapy business. Here, the competition is minimal in comparison to other states in America. Here only 1,700 individuals are credentialed and are practicing as massage therapists, leaving the competition wide open for you to take the industry by storm.

In this article, you will find all of the necessary information to provide you with an edge on all of the other aspiring massage therapists. Good luck and enjoy the journey!

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

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

The state of Mississippi has certain rules and regulations that you as an aspiring massage therapist must follow prior to becoming certified and licensed. In this article you will find some helpful information and instructions that will help to make the licensure and massage therapy certification process in Mississippi a bit more attainable.

By taking all of the required education hours, applying and submitting all of the required documents you will be well on your way towards becoming a successful massage therapist in Mississippi.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The massage school or program that you choose to take must be approved by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy. Mississippi State requires you to take and complete at least 700 hours of supervised, in-class coursework.

A rule passed by legislation in the state of Mississippi is that of Rule 915(A), which states that if you miss more than 10% of any class for any reason (excused or unexcused), the course must be repeated. The Board feels that it is crucial for you to be present and participative to receive the best education and to become a well-trained and educated massage therapist.

Aside from your education program, you must also take the required Mississippi State Examinations. To begin, if you are applying for examination, then an application must be filled out and submitted. You can find this application by following this link provided. If you are re-taking any of the examinations listed on the application, then you must contact the school you received your massage therapy education from and have them issue you an “Authority to Sit” in the exam.

All fees must be paid by either cashier’s check or money order to the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy. The following exams are listed on the application and must be taken prior to licensure:

  • The Mississippi State Pre-Licensing Examination (MSPLE) – This exam costs $150. If you are out-of-state, or have completed reciprocity then in order to sit for this exam, you must receive prior approval by the Board.
  • The Mississippi State Law Examination (MSLE) – This exam will cost you $100

After you have successfully applied and been approved to sit for the above exams, you must choose a date and location for each. Here is a link that you can follow to find the dates of these specific examinations.

In addition to the above-mentioned state examinations, the state of Mississippi also requires you to take and pass the NCETMB, National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

The following is a list of the approved schools as mentioned on the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy School webpage. Through some research, we found that some of the listed schools on the Board’s website do not exist anymore or are not providing massage therapy licensure programs at this time. The listed schools are actual working programs in the state of Mississippi.

Please use the following information to contact and research the best school for your education towards becoming a successful massage therapist in the state of Mississippi.

Antonelli College
2323 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39232
Phone: 601-362-9991
1500 North 31st Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-583-4100

Blue Cliff College
12251 Bernard Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: 228-896-9727

Healing Touch Career College
4700 Hardy Street, Suite H-1
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Phone: 601-261-0111
5360 I-55 North, Suite 150
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: 769-251-5181

Southwest MS Community College
2000 College Drive
Summit, MS 39666
Phone: 601-276-2000

Virginia College of Jackson
4795 I-55
North Jackson, MS 39206
Phone: 601-977-0960

Waldrip Center for Therapeutic Massage
3018 Cliff Gookin Blvd. Suite 3
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-407-0578
Fax: 662-407-0579

Concorde Career College
7900 Airways Blvd. Suite 103
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662-253-0330

Licensing/Certification Requirements

Applying for your massage therapy license requires that you submit a certain list of documents before the Board will approve you. To begin, be sure to read over and understand the instructions for the massage licensure application linked here. Once you have completed the application, please submit it to the Board at the following address:

Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
P.O. Box 20
Morton, MS 39117

The following is a list of requirements and documents you must submit along with your application:

  • Complete and notarize the Application for Professional Licensure.
  • Possess and prove that you hold a High School diploma or a GED equivalent.
  • Show proof of HIV/AIDS awareness training – this must be included on an official transcript.
  • Hold a current CPR and First Aid card – as a side note, online certification is not accepted. You must actually be present and take a physical course for certification to be approved and accepted by the Board.
  • Submit two 2”x2” passport size photographs of yourself. These photographs must be dated and signed on the front.
  • Proof of successful completion of all state and national (or international) accredited examinations approved by the Board.
  • An official transcript sent from the school or program in which you received your massage therapy education. This must be sent to the Board and include a minimum of 700 hours. A total of 8 hours of CPR and First Aid training must also accompany this, as well as HIV/AIDS training and prevention coursework.
  • Clear a Mississippi Criminal History Check and FBI fingerprint background check. If this background check comes back negative, then you must notify the court of jurisdiction and have them provide documentation of all court orders that are to be sent to the Board.
  • Submit a certified check or money order made payable to MSBMT (Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy for all application fees. All fees are nonrefundable:
    • $50 for an initial application fee
    • $200 for a 2-year license fee
    • $25 for additional location certificate
    • $30 Provisional Permit Fee

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy is the governing agency over the massage industry in the state of Mississippi. It was created by the legislature to promote high standards of professionalism for all licensed massage therapists and make sure that the quality of care is safe and excellent across the board.

If you would like to contact the Board for any questions or concerns regarding your licensure, be sure to visit their website linked here, or you can contact them by using the following information below:

        Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
        P.O. Box 20
        Morton, MS 39117
        Phone: 601-732-6038
        Email: director@msbmt.state.ms.us

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

Starting and owning a massage business in the state of Mississippi is an exciting and exhilarating process. Mississippi has a website dedicated first and foremost to business owners in the state, the link to this webpage has been provided to you here.

You will be required to take the following actions:

  • Choose which business formation you would like to operate as – Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Corporation, LLC, or other.
  • Apply for state tax ID – this will depend on what entity you decide to form under.
  • Name your business.
  • Decide what location you would like to start your business in.

Massage License Renewal Process

To meet the requirements each year for renewal, you will be required to submit a renewal application along with the necessary documents and renewal fee. Additionally, continuing education hours are required and must be approved by the Board prior to renewal of your massage therapy license. Below is a list of the renewal process, as well as the continuing education requirements and guidelines.

The Massage License Renewal Process:

    • If you would like to renew your license online, it may only be accessed from October 1st to December 31st of each year; otherwise you are required to submit a physical and tangible paper application.
    • To be eligible for renewal, you must meet the following criteria set by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy:
      • Have no name changes to your name.
      • Have at least 24 hours in continuing education credits. This must include 3 hours of Law and Rules & Regulations, as well as 3 hours of Ethics.
      • You must submit verification of your current CPR/First Aid certification within 5 days of applying for renewal
        • Scan the CPR and First Aid cards and email them to director@msbmt.state.ms.us or,
        • Fax a copy of the cards to 601-732-6447 or
        • Mail a copy of the cads to the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy office at:
        • P.O. Box 20
          Morton, MS 39117
      • Pay a $35 renewal fee.
    • If you choose to take the online renewal process, then you must satisfy the following:
      • Have no name changes – this includes your legal name, as well as your business name. If you have had any previous name changes you must document them and a physical paper renewal will be required.
        • To submit a name change request, you must submit a copy of the document that legally shows the new name change. This can be sent to the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy at:
        • P.O. Box 20
          Morton, MS 39117
      • There have been no changes to a previously approved program, such as continuing education course.
      • You have not had the approval for your organization or any denial by the NCBTMB.
      • You may use the online renewal process to renew your already approved license. However, if any programs you have taken have not been approved then you are not able to utilize the online renewal process
      • You must pay with an approved credit or debit card and cover all renewal fees at the time of renewal online.
    • If you choose to file a paper application, you can follow this link to access the downloadable application.

As a rule set by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy, it is against the law to operate and work as a massage therapist with an expired or non-existent massage license.

A list of the approved providers for continuing education courses can be found by visiting the website linked here. If a course that you would like to take is not listed on the approved list, you may submit a “Continuing Education Provider Approval Application” to the Board requesting approval of a certain course.

Massage License Reciprocity

For reciprocity, the state of Mississippi requires that if a student transfers from out of state to this region, then he or she must meet certain education requirements. If you happen to have quarter or semester hours already, then the multiplier of education in relation to Mississippi’s is as follows:

        • Quarter Hours: You can multiply these quarter hours by 10.5 to obtain credit hours.
        • Semester Hours: You can multiply these semester hours by 15 to obtain the correct amount of credit hours.

Additionally, for reciprocity you must submit the following to the Board:

        • An official out-of-state school transcript,
        • Demonstrate proof of 3 years working as a massage therapist in the state you were or are licensed,
        • Provide proof of passing scores from a state, national or international examination. This exam must be one approved by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy.

It is important to realize and understand that a minimum of 500 hours is required before reciprocity will be considered. However, it is advisable to contact the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy to ask any questions that you may have regarding your reciprocity. You can contact the director by calling 601-732-6038.

Note: Specific personnel information, office addresses, fees, payments etc. may change over time. Although we do our best to keep this site up to date, please ensure you contact the state board to obtain the most recent information at the time of your application.

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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+

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