Rhode Island Massage Therapy Schools & Requirements

Firstly, Rhode Island is a very attractive state to work and own a massage therapy business in.

And also, the rules and regulations for massage therapists along with the costs of licensure in massage therapy are less stringent than many other states.

So in this article, we will be discussing the main highlights of the massage therapy industry as it applies to the state of Rhode Island.

And also, if you wish to find out any additional information about how to operate and also, work here as a massage therapist.

And also, feel free to visit and contact the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.

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

Brief Summary Of The Main Highlights

And also, the mission of the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.

So in accordance with the massage therapy industry, is “to license, certify and discipline health care professionals.

And also, to identify professional standards to ensure the highest quality healthcare for, and also, protection of, the public.”

Furthermore, the Health Professional Regulation Office is who oversees and also, certifies those who choose to pursue a license in the massage therapy industry.

So they provide the information related to the schooling.

So examination requirements and other guidelines required to pursue your massage therapy business.

And also, you must be at least 18 years old, obtain an acceptable education with all exams.

And also, complete an application packet to be considered for licensure.

So if you wish to review the complete rules and regulations as they apply to you as an aspiring massage therapist in the state of Rhode Island.

So feel free to click on the provided link: Rules and Regulations.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

And also, the state of Rhode Island requires 500 hours of credited education courses from a massage school approved by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

So any outside or extracurricular education not approved by the Department of Health will not be considered as part of the required 500 hours.

And also, a passing score on one of the licensing examination is also required.

So you may choose to take the National Certifying Examination for Therapeutic Massage and also, Body Work of the National Certifying Council for Massage Therapy.

Either the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage.

Or other examination as approved by the Department of Health.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

And also, as you embark on your journey towards a license in massage therapy.

So you must consider undergoing an education pathway.

However, the following is a comprehensive list of some of the approved institutions and also, colleges that provide the courses that you must take:

Community College of Rhode Island, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865, Email: dwatson@ccri.edu, 401-333-7000.

Because these guys have multiple campuses across the state.

So you can ask for one near you.

The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Avenue A8.

Middletown, RI 02842, 877-832-1372

Because this school is also known as Sacred Stone Academy of Massage & Ayurveda or SAMA.

So which the school states are the only school of its kind in the United States.

And also, they integrate traditional western massage education with Ayurvedic education where graduates of their program are both ready for state licensure and are registered Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialists.

So their integrated East/West educational framework is perfect for students looking for a holistic, non-traditional, whole-body approach to massage therapy education.

Licensing/Certification Requirements

So once you have completed the necessary education and also, examination requirements.

And also, you are then required to submit an application packet to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

And also, a $65 fee made payable to the Rhode Island General Treasurer must accompany the application packet.

The following is a list of documents that must accompany your application for approval:

  • So for those born in the United States: A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • For those born outside of the United States: Proof of lawful entry into the country
  • And also, a recent passport-type photograph
  • So the initial licensure fee of $65
  • Supporting credentials of education, training and other requirements set forth by the Department of Health
  • Results of a background check

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

Furthermore, the State of Rhode Island Department of Health Services and the Office of Health Professional Regulation Massage Therapist Licensing governs and also, approves all massage therapy licenses.

So they are located at 3 Capitol Hill, Room #104 Providence, RI 02908, Phone: 401-222-2828 and Fax: 401-222-1272.

And also, f you would like to find out more about these departments.

So please feel free to visit their website by clicking here: Department of Health

Requirements To Start A Massage Business in Rhode Island (Massage Establishment License)

Only individuals licensed in Rhode Island may practice massage and use the title “Massage Therapist.”

No person or business may describe its services as `massage related’ unless such services are performed by a Rhode Island licensed therapist.

And also, if you choose to practice and are licensed to perform massage related services in the state of Rhode Island.

So then you must maintain and be governed by acceptable sanitary, safe and scientifically based standards.

And also, you may not diagnose or treat disease and may not practice spinal or joint manipulation or prescribe medications.

Table covering must be changed for each person.

Massage License Renewal Process

So renewing your massage therapy license in the state of Rhode Island is a very easy process.

And also, you must pay a renewal fee of $65 and meet the required renewal date.

So which is set for June 30th of the year in which your license expires?

So every massage therapy license expires a year from issuance.

A great perk to working and operating in the state of Rhode Island as a massage therapist is that you are not required to submit any continuing education hours upon renewal of your license.

Massage License Reciprocity

If you were educated outside the U.S.

So then you must submit evidence of graduation from a school with a curriculum comparable to the curriculum required in Rhode Island.

Additionally, if you hold a license outside of the U.S.

And also, you must submit the license for review by the Department of Health for additional examination and approval prior to working in Rhode Island.

Aside from this, if you were educated in another state and hold a massage therapy license.

So then you are at liberty to be licensed in the state of Rhode Island.

But you must first meet the qualified requirements for massage therapists in Rhode Island.

So which include approved schooling, passing of the above-mentioned exams and submitting an application packet to the Department of Health for approval.

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.

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.

We have an arrangement with all of them that allow you to request information for FREE.

Please do so and take that first step toward a better future.

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Find out how to instruct massage in Rhode Island here.i

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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