Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah

Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah.

The requirements for massage therapy practice.

And also, education is overseen by the Utah Board of Massage Therapy.

Also, under the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

So if you want to start a private massage school in Utah.

And also, you must have a minimum of 600 hours of instruction.

Your school must either be registering with the Utah Department of Commerce.

Consumer Protection Division or be registered with an accrediting agency approving by the US Department of Education.

Registration with Utah Department of Commerce

In order to register your school with the Utah Department of Commerce.

So the consumer protection division.

You will need to send in an application.

Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah

The application requires you to provide information regarding

  • School name, location, ownership, and organization.
  • Financial statements for the school, a credit report for the school.
  • And also, a credit report for each person who has ownership.
  • A surety bond, letter of credit, or certificate of deposit in an amount determined by your projected income and also, enrollment.
  • Your surety amount may range from $12,500 for schools with less than $25,000 projected income to $187,500 for schools.
  • Who anticipate enrolling more than 100 students in their first year.
  • Your registration with the state as a corporation or organization.
  • You have filed with the Utah Division of Commercial Code to run a business in Utah.
  • So you have a current local business license.
  • And also, your building is in compliance with health and safety codes.
  • Evidence that your curriculum has been reviewed by the Division of Occupational.
  • And also,  Professional Licensing.
  • Evidence that your instructors are licensed massage therapists in Utah.
  • Proof of liability insurance.
  • Copies of advertising to be used.
  • Criminal background information on owners, directors and administrators.
  • Identifying information on partners, principals, members, officers and directors.
  • Identifying information on faculty and staff.
  • Type of program, length, location and cost.
  • Proposed catalogue.
  • Enrollment agreements.
  • Certificate or diploma to be awarded.
  • Transcripts and file maintenance.

The cost for initial registration is $500.

Your registration needs to be renewed every 2 years.

Renewal registration costs are calculating based on your previous year’s gross tuition receipts.

And also, will range from $500 to $2,500.

Obtaining Accreditation

The Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah.

Message Therapy will recognize programs that are accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.

And also, without requiring registration with Utah’s Consumer Protection Division.

Your school is exempt from registration with the Consumer Protection Division if it is accredited.

Each agency has its own requirements for accreditation.

Below is a brief summary of accrediting agency requirements for beginning accreditation.

And also, approximate associated time and costs.

All the agencies have a similar procedure for applying, although there can be additional steps or variations.

  1. Contact the agency to ensure that you meet their application requirements.
  2. Attend a workshop or seminar to learn the process and requirements for accreditation.
  3. Complete a self-assessment and/or initial application.
  4. Have the application has been review by the agency?
  5. Have a site visit from the agency.
  6. Make modifications or additions to your program based on feedback from the agency.
  7. Resubmit application with changes.
  8. Recommendations for approval or denial.
  9. Accreditation received.
  10. Maintain accreditation through continued renewals.
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
    • The program reviewing by a panel of massage therapy professionals must be legally organized and approved by the state.
    • Have at least 5 students enrolled?
    • Have at least a 600-hour program.
    • One to two years to complete.
    • Approximately $8000 or more for the complete approval process.
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    • Must be legally organized and approved by the state.
    • Have been in business for at least two years.
    • Demonstrate financial stability.
    • Current enrollment of 10 or more students.
    • Must be a corporation, limited partnership with a corporate general partner or limited liability corporation.
    • Cannot be a sole proprietorship or partnership.
    • Fees of $9000 or more for the complete approval process.

Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah

  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
    • Meets applicable state licensing requirements.
    • Have been in operation for two years.
    • Have been the graduate at least one class.
    • Under the same ownership for at least two years.
    • Have a record of responsible financial management for at least two years.
    • Approximately 12 months to attain accreditation.
    • Approximately $8000 fees for the approval process.
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSCT)
    • Have been in operation for at least two years.
    • Must have graduated at least one student.
    • In compliance with state, local and also,  federal regulations.
    • Financially sound.
    • 18 months to 2 years to complete accreditation.
    • At least $11,000 fees for the approval process.

Utah Massage Therapy Board Requirements for Schools

The Utah Massage Therapy Board requires that your curriculum be at least 600 hours and also,  have at least

  • 125 hours of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology;
  • 40 hours of pathology;
  • 285 hours of massage theory and practice, including the five basic Swedish strokes;
  • 35 hours of professional standards, ethics and also, business practice;
  • 15 hours of sanitation and universal precautions, including CPR and first aid;
  • 100 hours of clinic.

Your curriculum must be submitting to the Division of Occupational.

Furthermore, professional licensing for review.

And also, approval prior to you applying for registration with the Consumer Protection Division.


If you want to open a privately Running a Massage Therapy School in Utah.

However, you must have a 600-hour or more program of instruction that meets the requirements.

And also,  is approving by the Division of  Occupational and Professional Licensing.

So you will also need to register with the Utah Consumer Protection Division.

Because the cost of registration is $500.

Furthermore, you will also need a surety bond or equivalent in an amount ranging from $12,500 to $187,500.

Every 2 years must renew registrations which are depending on your anticipated enrollment.

Renewal registration fees and surety amounts are based on your previous year’s enrollment and/or gross receipts.


Utah Board of Massage Therapy

Utah Consumer Protection Division

Proprietary School Registration


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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