Massage Therapist Training Pennsylvania

Massage Therapist Requirements in Pennsylvania

In order to become a licensed massage therapist in the State of Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Provide evidence of a passing score on the MBLEx, NCETMB, or NCETM exams
  • Provide a copy of a valid government issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Supply a “Good Moral Character” form signed by at least one person with a current Pennsylvania state massage therapy license
  • Provide a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • Complete a 600-hour massage therapist training course including:

1. 175 hours of anatomy & physiology, pathology and kinesiology;

2. 250 hours of massage therapy & bodywork assessment, theory & practice including sanitation, safety, & hygiene; and

3. 25 hours of professional ethics, and business & law related to a massage therapy business;

    After you complete a 600-hour training program, you then can fill out an application to become a massage therapist. You must mail in the application to the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy, along with a check or money order for $65. The form can be found here.

    In addition, original transcripts from the massage therapy school where training was completed must be sent directly to the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy.

    Following licensure, note that all massage therapists must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education every two years. Also, licensed massage therapists must provide proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time of renewal. Failure to complete these hours or maintain CPR certification may result in a refusal to renew your massage therapist license by the board.

    Pennsylvania Massage Therapist Salary

    This training is most valuable if it translates into earnings. For specific data on massage therapist’s salary in Pennsylvania click here. We’ve extracted information from labor surveys to give you local data specific to salary expectatations for massage therapists in Pennsylvania.