How to Teach in a Massage School in Missouri

The state of Missouri has requirements for it’s massage teachers that are based on the course they will teach.  Instructors teaching hands on massage techniques are required to be licensed in Missouri and have documented experience.

Other types of instructors, such as those teaching anatomy and physiology classes do not need licenses, but may be required to have bachelors degrees.  Similarly, requirements vary for teachers in other fields such as business and CPR.

Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors

Massage instructors teaching massage technique or theory courses are required to have a massage license, which requires 500 hours of massage education, a background check and passing the MBLEX exam.  Those instructors must also document 2 years massage experience.

In order to teach anatomy, a massage therapy instructor must have an associate, bachelors or advanced degree in anatomy or physiology.  Doctors, nurses, chiropractors and physical therapists are also acceptable as teachers for science based courses.  Lacking a degree, the instructor must have at least 15 semester credit hours in the topic they will teach.

To teach business practice, the massage instructor must have documented experience or education in the field.

CPR teachers are required to be certified by the American red cross or heart association.

Recommended Experience

The state of Missouri explicitly requires that teachers instructing hands on massage based classes must have 2 years experience in the field.  Teachers of business practices must also document relevant experience (or equivalent education).

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every two years.

Insurance Requirements

The state of Missouri does not explicitly require its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance.  Given that insurance costs are relatively low, and risk can be potentially high, it is a good idea to carry insurance even though it is not required.

Liability insurance is available through a massage professional organization, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals).  AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.


There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in Missouri if a teacher is teaching massage theory.  An initial 2 year license costs $200 plus $38 for a background check.  After that, licenses must be renewed every 2 years at a cost of $50, plus the cost of at least 12 hours of continuing education.

Relevant Links

Missouri Division of Professional Registration

Massage Therapist Licensure and Teaching Requirements

Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage

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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