Instructors teaching hands-on massage techniques required to license in Missouri and have documented the 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 required to be certified by the American red cross or heart association.
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 not specifically spelt out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every two years.
Insurance Requirements – Missouri
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 not required.
Liability insurance available through a massage professional organization.
AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.
There are no specific fees associated with becoming a massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in Missouri if a teacher teaching massage theory.
An initial 2-year license costs $200 plus $38 for a background check.
After that, licenses must renew every 2 years at a cost of $50, plus the cost of at least 12 hours of continuing education.