Requirements to Become a Massage School Teacher in Oklahoma

Requirements to Become a Massage School Teacher in Oklahoma, Until recently, the state of Oklahoma left massage licensing up to individual municipalities to regulate as they saw fit.

As of November 2015, OK Bill SB687 came into effect, and existing therapists were required to get a temporary license to practice massage within the state of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma board of Cosmetology.

As of late 2016, the state is still granting temporary licenses to grandfathered applicants.

Because the governor has yet to appoint a massage advisory board to complete the official licensure process.

Currently, one may obtain a license by paying a $25 fee, showing proof of liability insurance and showing proof of 500 hours of education or 5 years practice experience or a passing score on the MBLEX national exam.

Given that the licensure process is so new, requirements for teachers are still minimal.

They may only teach at a licensed massage school, and their school must submit an instructor qualification form for approval detailing their experience, along with proof of licensure.

A statement attesting to any felony convictions and a resume documenting qualifications.

Massage instructors are regulated through the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.

Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors

Massage licensure per OK Bill SB687 will require 500 hours of instruction in massage therapy by a licensed school.

An instructor must receive this training and become licensed to teach within the state of Oklahoma.

The specific curriculum has not yet adopted.

But schools will regulate under the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.

Which may at some point require a specific number of hours in various subjects.

Additionally, they must pass the MBLEX national licensing exam.

Recommended Experience

There is no specific state requirement for experience to teach massage therapy within the state of Oklahoma because licensure is so new.

Teachers required to prove relevant qualifications beyond a license.

And to approve by the State Board of Private vocational schools.

Given the example of other states, it is likely that at least 2 years of experience will expect.

Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers

Continuing education requirements not specifically spelt out for instructors, and continuing education requirements for licensed massage therapists have yet to adopt.

Oklahoma Bill SB 687 does reference a requirement for continuing education, but that requirement will not be established until a message advisory board has been appointed.

Insurance Requirements

The state of Oklahoma requires its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance.

Specific liability claim amounts are not specified, thus the accepted 1 million in professional liability provided by most insurers will likely suffice.

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.

Fees – Requirements to Become a Massage School Teacher in Oklahoma

Final licensure fees have not established as of yet, though a temporary license can purchase for $25 to practice massage therapy.

Instructors will need to pay fees for licensure once they are established, as well as liability insurance fees which vary.

But are typically around $200 per year for comprehensive insurance.

There is no additional state fee to become an instructor, beyond the paperwork requirement of proving qualifications.

Relevant Links

Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology Massage Therapy Regulations

Oklahoma Massage Licensure Bill OK Bill 687

Requirements to Become a Massage School Teacher in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools Requirements for School Licensure

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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