Utah Massage Therapy Schools & Licensing

The state of Utah has 5,509 credentialed massage therapy practitioners, making it a very competitive place to work as a therapist. The beautiful scenery, golden mountains and attractive landmarks make Utah a desirable place to live, play and work. If you would like to be a part of such a budding industry in a beautiful place, then Utah is the place to be!

Continue reading this article to find out more information about massage therapy schools and the requirements for becoming licensed in the state of Utah.

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

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for Massage Therapists sets certain criteria and guidelines for operating and working as a massage therapist here in Utah. In order for you to become eligible to receive a license, you must meet these requirements, take the required schooling and apply to the state. Gather your confidence and begin your journey towards becoming a massage therapist in the beautiful state of Utah.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

There are two different avenues for meeting the required schooling as a massage therapist. You can either take the Massage Apprentice path, or the Massage Therapist path. The following are the requirements for each:

  • Massage Apprentices (MAs) must have 1,000 hours of supervised training and Thomson Prometric documentation of a passing score on the Utah Massage Theory Examination.
  • A Massage Therapist (MT) must have a minimum of 600 hours of instruction from an accredited massage school or training program and pass the NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) examination.
  • Both MA and MT must take the Utah Massage Law exam also given by Thomson Prometric.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

There are several approved massage schools and institutes for you to look into for your education requirements. The following is a list of some of the schools in Utah with their contact information and websites.

Provo College
1261 South 820 East
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: 877-777-5886

Renaissance School of Therapeutic Massage
566 West 1350 South
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-292-8515

Eagle Gate College
915 North 400 West
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 866-260-7971

Utah College of Massage Therapy
135 South State Street #12
Lindon, UT 84042
Phone: 801-796-0300

Myotherapy College of Utah
336 Bugatti Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: 801-484-7624

Utah College of Massage Therapy
25 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-521-3330

Massage Therapy Academy
368 East Street George Blvd.
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-4101

Licensing/Certification Requirements

To become licensed as a massage therapist in the state of Utah, you must fully complete the online application. Once you have fully completed and printed the application, you may send it along with the $100 nonrefundable application fee to the following address:

State of Utah
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
Phone: 801-530-6628
www.dopl.utah.gov

Attached with your application must be the following documents and information:

  • An official copy of your transcript and certificate of completion from a massage school educational program registered with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection or accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, showing you have completed at least 600 hours of training. OR:
  • Fill out the “Completion of Apprentice Program” portion of the application if you completed an apprenticeship as a Utah licensed massage apprentice showing you have completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised training. OR:
  • If you are currently licensed in another state, use the “Request for Verification of License” form, which is located within the application, to obtain verification of licensure from a state in which you have been licensed as a massage therapist.
  • Submit documentation that you have successfully taken and passed one of the required examinations for massage therapy.
  • Submit a completed “Utah Massage Law and Rule Examination”, which is included within the application.
  • Bring your completed application to the Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing’s offices to complete electronic fingerprinting or submit two applicants fingerprint cards.
  • Submit your nonrefundable application fees of $100 (this includes a $60 application fee for a massage apprentice license, a $20 surcharge for a BCI fingerprint file search and a $20 surcharge for an FBI fingerprint file search).
  • You must include your Social Security Number, otherwise your application will be considered incomplete and denied.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing is the primary agency that oversees and directs the massage therapy industry in the state of Utah. Through this Division, all rules and regulations are created and all licensures are given to those who complete the necessary requirements. If you would like to contact the Utah Division, please consider the following information below:

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South, 1st Floor Lobby
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
Phone: 801-530-6628

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

Starting a business in the state of Utah is a very rewarding yet thorough process. To give you a good idea of what you will need to successfully start and operate your own massage business, follow this link provided to the Check-List for Going into Business. There are several steps that you will want to take in order to start your business; these include the following:

  • Assess Your Business Idea – Make sure that your business idea is feasible and would actually work with the target audience and surrounding areas. Will you be a healthy competitor? Do you plan to Trademark or Copyright any portion of your business? What is the opportunity you are pursuing?
  • Select Your Business Structure – Conducting business requires you to choose an organizational structure – whether it be a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation, you need to decide how you would like to operate. By doing so, you will also need to figure out what taxes are associated with your selected business structure.
  • Write Your Business Plan – Writing a business plan is one of the first steps towards total success. Business plans allow you to get all of your thoughts down on paper and help you collect necessary facts and data should you need to present it for a business loan.
  • Finance Your Business – Financing your business is an obvious, but where to start and who to go to can be a daunting task. You want to make sure you have enough capital to keep your massage business afloat. Whether you seek out private investments or venture capital, make sure that you have adequate amount of financial backing to operate your massage business in Utah.

Massage License Renewal Process

Renewing your massage therapist license in the state of Utah is very simple and must be done every 2 years. To begin, you will be required to complete and submit the Massage Therapist Renewal/Reinstatement Form.

Along with the form you must include a $52 renewal fee. If you are applying after your license has expired, there will be additional fees added. Once you have completed and printed the form, mail it directly to the following address:

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741

If you prefer to renew your license online, you can do so by visiting www.dopl.utah.gov and use your credit or debit card and a unique “Renewal ID Number” to complete the renewal. By completing this online, you save yourself time and are able to immediately print out a confirmation of renewal that is as valid as a license certificate and can be used until a renewed license certificate arrives by mail (usually within two weeks).

Massage License Reciprocity

If you have been licensed in a state or in a foreign country, where the education, experience and examination requirements are, or were at the time the license was issued, equal to the requirements of Utah, then you may be able to receive a license by endorsement. However, before reciprocity is awarded to you, you must produce satisfactory evidence of your own identity, qualifications and good standing in the occupation of massage therapy.

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.

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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Programs:

  • Massage Therapy - Associate's
Locations:  Richmond

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Programs:

  • Professional Massage Therapy Program
Locations:  Charlottesville

Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you've completed your program, you're truly ready to begin your career.

Programs:

  • Massage Therapy - Diploma
Locations:  Lynchburg

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Programs:

  • Massage Therapy
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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
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Programs:

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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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