Nevada Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements
If you've graduated from a massage school in Nevada and are interested in practicing massage therapy as your career, it is important to stay up to date on the rules and regulations that apply to massage therapists in Nevada to verify what the requirements are. In order to practice massage therapy in Nevada, you must first obtain a Nevada Massage Therapist license.
Nevada Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements
To be licensed in Nevada you will need to submit an Application Request Form and they will mail you the documentation required to submit your fingerprints and application.
For fingerprint cards there is a list of places on pages 11 and 12 in your Application Packet. Live Scan option has locations listed on the voucher that you will receive after you send in your Application. Note that the time frame for the background check varies. Live Scan takes 5 to 7 weeks. Submitting fingerprint cards take 4 to 5 months,you're your approval will be dependent on Criminal History obtained.
You will need to contact your accredited massage therapy school where you completed a Massage Therapy Program with a minimum of 500 hours of education. Have the school send Transcripts and Certificate of Completion directly to the Nevada Massage Therapy Board office, or you may bring your transcripts to their office in the original sealed envelope from the school. Transcripts must be received before your Application is submitted.
It is also important to note that Nevada has a list of massage therapy schools around the country that are NOT approved for licensure purposes (see link in resource list below). Based on information from resources such as NCBTMB, Other Regulatory Agencies and their own Investigations of Schools or Providers in question, the Nevada Board determined not to accept Applications or Continuing Education from people who have attended or taken Continuing Education classes from these schools. For the foreseeable future Application or Continuing Education hours from these schools will be reviewed by this Board for the determination on a case by case basis.
Nevada also requires that you take and pass a National Exam for Massage Therapist licensing. The National Certification Exam of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), The National Certification Exam of Therapeutic Massage (NCETM), National Exam for State Licensure (NESL) or the MBLEx. In order to take an Exam offered by the National Board, you will need to contact the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or to take the MBLEx contact the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
When are ready to submit your application, you'll need to include 1 passport quality photo, in color and on photo paper and 2X2 in size, as well as a legible copy of a current state issued I.D. (i.e. driver's license), or alien resident card if applicable, with appropriate documentation and a copy of your Social Security Card.
You will need 12 C.E.H. to renew your license. The Nevada Massage Therapy Board will roll over up to 36 C.E.H. over a 3 year period. For example, if you acquired 48 C.E.H. after you first received your State License, 12 C.E.H. will be applied to this year's renewal and 36 C.E.H. carried over the next 3 years.