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Massage Therapy Certification in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska has more than 700 massage therapists practicing within the state. Experts have estimated that the field of massage therapy is expected to grow by at least 20 percent, in between 2006 and 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Therefore, while Nebraska has quite a few MTs out of more than 200,000 MTs throughout the United States -- the field of massage therapy in Nebraska is expected to grow even more over the next five years. Therefore, if you live in Nebraska and you are excited about entering the world of massage therapy -- keep reading to find out the requirements for receiving massage therapy certification in Nebraska.

Every state that has regulated the field of massage therapy has a licensing and regulation board that handles matters related to massage therapy licensing, as well as, setting the regulation terms. The Nebraska Massage Therapy Board (Health and Human Services Regulation & Licensing - Credentialing Division) in Lincoln, NE is responsible for regulation and licensing, in regards to massage therapy within the state. The requirements/regulations for practicing massage therapy in the state of Nebraska are, as follows:

  • In order to become a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) in Nebraska, individuals need to receive a minimum of 500 hours in coursework at an accredited and Nebraska Massage Therapy Board-approved school -- these hours will likely, include time spent in the classroom under the supervision of a qualified instructor and clinicals that provide an opportunity to gain 'hands-on' experience.
  • Certified MTs in Nebraska are also required to pass a practical exam, in order to meet the massage therapy requirements of the state. The practical exam includes both written and oral questions.
  • In addition to passing the practical exam, Nebraska residents who are hoping to become certified in the field of massage therapy will need to take the nationally recognized NCETMB or National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  • In order to apply for a Nebraska license that enables practicing massage therapy within the state, hopeful MTs will need to complete an application by applying through the Nebraska Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office for Massage Therapy Establishments. Below, is the address for the office where Nebraska residents can pick up a license application to become an LMT or Licensed Massage Therapist, which enables them to practice massage therapy in the state of Nebraska:

Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
Massage Therapy Establishments
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

If you are not, sure which colleges, universities and trade schools in Nebraska are accredited -- the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) will be able to provide you with the information you need to find a school that meets with state board regulations.

In order to keep your MT Nebraska license, up-to-date, you will need to complete 24 hours of board-approved continued education units (CEUs) every two years to renew your license.

Two particular cities in Nebraska offer a wider variety of opportunities to massage therapists are Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE. Regardless of where you live in Nebraska -- the field of massage therapy holds a promising career outlook, especially in the state of Nebraska.