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Massage Therapist


The practice of the profession of massage therapy is defined as engaging in applying a scientific system of activity to the muscular structure of the human body by means of stroking, kneading, tapping and vibrating with the hands or vibrators for the purpose of improving muscle tone and circulation.

Licensing Requirements:

Must meet education, examination, citizenship, age, and moral character requirements.

Recertification Requirements:

Re-register every three years at a cost of $58.

Age Requirement:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Education and/or Experience:

1,000 program hours in massage therapy.

Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)

Initial licensure and first registration $108 and each three year registration is $58.

Examination Requirements:

Passing score (75%) on New York State examination.

Examination Description:

Covers every area of massage therapy.

Active Licenses:

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 1,046 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 1, 2012, there were 17,189 currently registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions
Massage Therapy Board Office
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue, 304
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 150
Fax: (518) 486-4846

Standard Occupational Classification:

31-9099 - Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
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Additional Information:

American Massage Therapy Association
500 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone: (877 905-2700


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 9/12/12.

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