Nebraska Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
Nebraska Massage Therapy Board
Health & Human Services

P O Box 94986
Lincoln, Nebraska




License - Massage Therapist

Required Hours:
1,000 hours and practical exam

Exam Required:

24 hours biennially

Nebraska Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

If you've graduated from a massage school in Nebraska 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 Nebraska to verify what the requirements are. In order to practice massage therapy in Nebraska, you must first obtain a Nebraska Massage Therapist license.

Nebraska Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements

Successful applicants for a new Massage Therapy License in Nebraska will complete the pdf application found online (link in the additional resources links area below). You'll need to submit supporting documentation along with your completed application to obtain your Nebraska state Massage Therapist License:
  • At least 19 years of age (i.e.: copy of your driver's license, birth certificate, marriage license, school transcript, US State ID card, Military ID, or similar documentation);
  • Your Citizenship, lawful permanent residence, and/or immigration status Information: You must submit a copy of at least one of the following documents (U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired), birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal; an American Indian Card, Certificate of Naturalization, A Certificate of Citizenship, Certification of Report of Birth, etc)
  • Your school must have submitted an official school/college/university transcript showing completion of a course of study and training in massage therapy not less than 1,000 hours, distributed over a term of not less than 9 months, which includes at least:
    1. 100 hours in each of the following areas: (1) Anatomy; (2) Health Service Management; (3) Hydrotherapy; (4) Hygiene and Practical Demonstration; (5) Massage; (6) Pathology; (7) Physiology; and
    2. The remaining 300 hours must be obtained in subject areas related to the clinical practice of massage therapy.
      Reciprocity: An applicant who is licensed in another jurisdiction and has not completed 1,000 hours of training in massage therapy, may obtain hours to equal the required 1,000 hours of training through a massage therapy program, a college/university, work experience and/or continuing education. The applicant is not required to have attained the specified hours in the areas ident ified above. Hour equivalents may be granted in the following manner:
      - 50-60 minutes equals 1 hour obtained from a course of study in massage therapy;
      - 1 semester credit hour of massage therapy related college/university hours equals 15 hours;
      - 100 hours for each year of full-time practice as a massage therapist; and/or
      - Up to 100 hours obtained from NCBTMB or FSMTB approved continuing education programs.
  • Nebraska will accept the following Examinations for licensure: a. The National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) or the Advanced Certification Examination (ACE) developed by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB); or b. The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). You must directly register with National Certification Board (NCTMB) or theFederation (FSMTB) in order to take the examination. You must submit an Official Examination Score Report from NCTMB or FSMTB; Reciprocity: An applicant who is licensed in another jurisdiction must also successfully pass the Board developed jurisprudence examination, with a score of at least 75%. Exam can be found at: You will need to print from site and mail with application.
  • Other Credentialing Info: If you hold or have held a credential to provide health services, health-related services, or environmental services in another jurisdiction, you must have the licensing agency submit to the Department a certification of your credential;
  • Conviction Information: If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you must submit:
    1. A copy of the court record, which includes charges and disposition;
    2. Explanation from the applicant of the events leading to the conviction (what, when, where, why) and a summary of actions you have taken to address the behaviors/actions related to the convictions;
    3. All addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment, if the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense and if treatment was obtained and/or required - if you went through Drug Court and had an evaluation, you must submit the evaluation record; and
    4. A letter from the probation officer addressing probationary conditions and current status, if you are currently on probation;
  • Disciplinary Action: If you have had any disciplinary actions taken against your credential, you must submit a copy of the disciplinary action(s), including charges and disposition.
Application & Licensing Fees are payable to the "Licensure Unit". To determine the appropriate licensure fee due, see the chart on page 1 of the application.

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Additional Nebraska licensing resources
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy Regulations & Statutes
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy Exam Information
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy License & Temporary Application
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy Reinstatement Application
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy Continuing Education