Nevada Massage Therapy Schools & License Requirements

The state of Nevada has been considered one of the most progressive states in America. Here, opportunities abound in various cities and municipalities that create much success for the growing and seasoned massage therapist.

Currently, nearly 4,000 licensed and registered practitioners operate here in Nevada and make quite a substantial living. The national income average ranges between $45,000 and $60,000 a year. Why not become a part of the massage industry in one of the most exciting and bustling states?

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

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

Nevada offers many opportunities to stretch your education and become a successful massage therapist. Here you will need to meet certain schooling, licensing and renewal requirements before you will be granted a massage license. In this article, you will find all of the information you will need to further your career. Continue reading to discover all you will need to become a successful massage therapist in Nevada.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The schooling requirements for you as a massage therapist in Nevada are a bit more lenient than that of other states. Here you are required to take at least 500 hours of in class-supervised instruction and learn how to apply it to your massage career. In addition to your schooling requirements, you will also need to take one of the nationally recognized massage examinations before licensure will be granted. The following are the exams you may choose to take:


Update (courtesy John Teng): As of 11/1/2014, the MBLEx is the only national licensing examination for massage therapists.  The NCETM/NCETMB and NESL no longer exists.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

There are several approved massage schools in the state of Nevada. Here you will find the contact information you will need to further research which school or program you would like to attend. The following is a list of some of these schools:

The Bodhi Tree Center for Healing Arts
3107 N. Deer Run Road #6
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-884-1145

College of Southern Nevada (Update 4/17/15: No longer offers massage)
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Phone: 702-651-5000

Milan Institute (Update 4/17/15: No longer offers massage in Las Vegas and Reno. Still offers in Sparks)
801 South Rancho Drive #E1
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Phone: 702-997-0190

Nevada Career Institute
3231 N. Decatur Blvd. #119
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Phone: 702-893-3300

Nevada School of Massage Therapy
2381 E. Windmill Lane, #14
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: 702-456-4325

Northwest Health Careers
7398 Smoke Ranch Road
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Phone: 702-254-7577

College of Southern Nevada
3200 East Cheyenne Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Phone: 702-654-4000

Milan Institute
950 Industrial Way
Reno-Sparks, NV 89431
Phone: 775-348-7200

Ralston School of Massage
5605 Riggins Ct. #201
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-827-1800

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd.
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: 775-673-7000

European Massage Therapy School
9440 W Sahara Ave, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Licensing/Certification Requirements

On the official Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ website, you will find a link that takes you to the “How to Become Licensed” document, which describes the process of becoming a licensed massage therapist here in Nevada.
Below is a list of the requirements for pursuing your license as a massage therapist:

  • You must have at least 500 hours of education from an approved Massage Therapy Program or School. Once you have completed the education requirement, you will need to have the school send your official transcripts and a Certificate of Completion directly to the Board.
  • The state of Nevada requires that you pass a written exam that has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This means that you will need to pass one of the nationally recognized massage therapy exams before licensure will be granted to you. You may choose to take one of the following:
    • NESL
    • MBLEx

Once you have successfully taken and passed one of these exams, please include a copy of the certificate you receive that states you have passed the exam.

  • You must submit an Application Request Form. With this form, you will also need to send a $5 fee. Once both the form and the fee have been sent in, the Board will then mail you the application to fill out.
  • Once you have received the application you will be required to pay a new applicant fee of $375. Broken down, this includes:
    • A License Fee of $150
    • An Application Fee of $100
    • A Background Investigation Fee of $125
  • You will need to submit a background check directly to the Board.
  • A passport size photograph (2×2”) must be sent to the Board as well. This picture must be in color and on photo paper.
  • A copy of your current driver’s license or alien resident card will need to be sent to the Board. In addition, the Board requires that you submit a copy of your Social Security Card as well.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists is the governing board that oversees the massage industry in the state of Nevada. Here, there are two different locations and offices that the Board operates out of: Reno and Las Vegas. The following is the contact information you will find useful should you need to contact the Board directly.

Reno Office
Board of Massage Therapists
1755 E. Plumb Lane Suite 252
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-687-9955 or 702-486-2212
Fax: 775-786-4264

Las Vegas Office
Board of Massage Therapists
101 Convention Center Drive, Suite #830
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702-486-2212
Fax: 702-486-3658

Update (courtesy John Teng): The Reno office is currently the only active office

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

To start and own your own massage business in Nevada, you must first understand the rules and laws set in the state. To begin, be sure to review the Nevada Secretary of State’s webpage regarding starting a business. Here you will find business checklists and general information on how to start your very own business.

First, you will need to decide what type of business you would like to own; a sole proprietorship, a general partnership or a corporation. After you have done so, you will need to obtain a tax ID number, find a location to begin your business and name your business.

Massage License Renewal Process

On the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ website, a bulletin is posted for all massage therapists who wish to renew. This bulletin includes a document with the renewal information, which you can find by following the link provided here. Below is a breakdown of these instructions:

  • 60 days prior to the expiration of your license, you will receive a renewal form that you will need to fill out and return to the Board. If you have changed your address and have moved to a different location, be sure to notify the Board’s office. This will ensure that you receive all updates and renewal notices in the mail.
  • A renewal fee of $150 along with the renewal form must be sent to the Board before your license expires. If these arrive after the expiration date, then it will be considered late. A late renewal form will have additional $25 late fee added to it for every month the license has expired.
  • You are required to submit 1 current passport size photo of your face and shoulders. This photo must be taken within 60 days of your renewal date and with a white background.
  • To successfully renew your massage license, the state of Nevada requires you to take and obtain a certain amount of continuing education hours. Once you have completed a continuing education course, please send in the completion certificate to the Board. A minimum of 12 continuing education hours is required for the renewal of your massage license. These hours must be completed within a year after your last renewal. If you would like, you are welcome to carry over a maximum of 36 continuing education hours over the span of 3 years.
  • Your renewal application, fees and continuing education documentation must be sent to the Board directly at the following address:

Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists
1755 E. Plumb Lane Suite 252
Reno, NV 89502

4/17/2015 Update: You can now renew your license online as well.

Massage License Reciprocity

If you are applying for reciprocity in the state of Nevada, you will need to meet and send in the following documents and requirements:

  • Have completed at least 500 hours of education from a Massage Therapy Program or School. You will need to have the school you attended send an official copy of your transcripts as well as a Certificate of Completion directly to the Board.
  • Pass one of the nationally recognized massage exams. You will need to send in a copy of the certificate stating that you took and passed the examination. Either of the following exams will be accepted:
    • NESL
    • MBLEx
  • You must submit an Application Request Form, which you can find by following the link provided here. And to accompany this form, you will also need to send in a $5 fee to the Board. Once the Board has received your form and fee, you will then be mailed an application to fill out and return.
  • Once you have received your application and filled it out, you will need to mail it in along with the appropriate Transferring Applicant fee of $250. This includes the following:
    • A License Fee of $150
    • And an Application Fee of $100
  • Because you are moving from another jurisdiction, the state or territory for which you worked will need to complete the Certified Statement from State Licensing Authority form that will be mailed to you along with your application. If you would rather have them send a letter stating you are in good standing, that will suffice as well.
  • The Board requires you to submit a 2×2 passport size photo of yourself. This photo must be in color and printed on photo paper.
  • A copy of your current driver’s license or alien resident card. Also you will be required to submit a copy of your Social Security Card as well.
  • Lastly, you must submit a copy of your current Massage Therapist License.

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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