Massage Therapist Training South Dakota

Massage Therapist Requirements in South Dakota

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

  • Provide evidence of a passing score on the NESCL, NBCA, NCETMB, NCETM, or MBLEx exams
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Provide a copy of a state issued driver’s license, state issued ID, or birth certificate
  • Show proof of malpractice or professional liability insurance of at least $250,000
  • Complete a 500-hour massage therapist training course including:

1. 125 hours of human anatomy, physiology, and kenesiology;

2. 40 hours of clinical pathology and recognition of various conditions;

3. 200 hours of massage/bodywork theory, assessment, and application; and

4. 10 hours of business practices and professionalism.

    After you complete a 500-hour training program, you then can fill out an application to become a massage therapist. You must mail in the application to the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy, along with a check or money order for $120. The form can be found here.

    Finally, your signature on the application must be notarized. This can result in a small fee. We suggest you contact your bank regarding their price for this service. Note that many credit unions provide this service for free to their members.

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

    Following licensure, note that all massage therapists must complete at least 8 hours of continuing education every two years. Failure to complete these hours may result in a refusal to renew your massage therapist license by the board.

    South Dakota Massage Therapist Salary

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