Iowa Massage Therapy Exam and Licensure Application

Iowa MBLEX Massage Exam and Certification Information

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Passing the MBLEx exam is the biggest hurdle to becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.

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Massage Board of Massage Therapy - Governing agency for massage licensing and certification requirements.

Iowa Massage Therapist License Application - Download and complete this document from the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy. Or Online Application process. You can also Renew Online as well.

Verify your License Status- Or validate a Massage Therapist

Iowa Massage Schools - A list of massage schools in Iowa

Becoming a massage therapist in Iowa starts with completing the initial course work from an Iowa approved massage course or school. Once the course is complete, you are required to take and pass the MBLEx (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination). Passing this exam will allow you to apply for your state license. The MBLEx (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination) is delivered on a computer at an approved testing center. The massage questions on the exam are delivered one at a time. The exam is complete when you have finished 100 questions or the 2 hours time limit has expired.

Proper test preparation is essential in passing the MBLEx. The MBLEx is governed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). The tools we have created here on Massage-Exam were designed specifically for the purpose of helping you master the information on the licensing exam. Study from a pool of over 3500 massage questions covering the exact same topics as the MBLEx. With our massage exams you not only get the correct answer for each question, you also get the rationale or reasoning behind the correct answer. This allows you to actually learn concepts you may not know or are having difficulty with. Have a question about massage therapy curriculum? Use our Massage Support Desk that comes with your massage exam subscription to ask a Licensed Massage Therapist your question.

The state of Iowa maintains a fairly detailed FAQ about massage therapy licensing, renewal, and continuing education.

License Renewal Information- Renew Online -16 CE Credits/ 2 years


List of schools
Education Requirements
500 Hrs
Massage Therapist MT
Type of Credential
State Law Test


Rules &


State Practical or Written Exam
Written Exam
National Exam Requirement
Initial Cost of License
Require City License
Check Local City & County Business Regulations
Renewal Fee
$120/ 2 years Renew Online
Liability ins
Credentialed Practitioners


Iowa Board of Massage Therapy
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515.281.6959

Massage Schools in Iowa



Carlson College of Massage Therapy

11809 Country Rd. X-28

Anamosa, IA 52205

Anamosa 319.462.3402

CARPI College

2945 Williams Parkway SW

Ceder Rapids, IA 52404


Cedar Rapids 800.397.0612

CAPRI College

2450 East 53rd Street

Davenport, IA 52807


Davenport 800.728.1336

Continuing Education Only

Windemere Institute of Healing Arts

2219 Pole Line Rd.

Decorah, IA 52101


Decorah 800.874.0905

College of Massage

3601 Douglas Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50310


Des Moines 515.277.2126

CAPRI College

395 Main Street

Dubuque, IA 52001


Dubuque 800.728.0712

La' James College

24 2nd Street NE

Mason City, IA 50401


Mason City 641.424.2161

East-West School of Integrative Healing Arts

1395 Jordan Street

North Liberty, IA 52317


North Liberty 319.351.3262

Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Ave.

Ottumwa, IA 52501

Ottumwa 800.726.2585

Iowa Lakes Community College

1900 North Grand Ave. #8

Spencer, IA 51301


Spencer 877.807.9585

Iowa Continuing Education

16 CE Credits Biennially
Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Renew on the 15th of the State Approval Anniversary Month Biennially
Direct Contact (Live) Iowa Board Approved
Required for Renewal
Remaining 8 hours may be contact or noncontact hours
Taking and Passing MBLEx   Keep Passing Record MBLEx
Taking and Passing NCBTMB   Keep Passing Record NCBTMB
Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication
Not Limited
Ethics Bench

Body Mechanics & Self-Care

Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business Practices
Not Limited
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid, Sanitation, or Geriatric Care
Direct Contact (Live) or Online
Basic Training
Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology of Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Cultural Competency & Specialized Training
Not Limited
Special Population Techniques
Pathology of the Human Body
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Advanced Instruction Forum
Self-Study: Books, DVD's, Research Materials, & Related Publications
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Research Community
Publishing an Article   5 CE hr= 1 page
Research Community
Somatic Education
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Teacher Training  
Not Limited
Instructor Headquarters
Lecture, Teaching a CE Class, or Massage Course
Maximum Allowed - 1 hour= 1 CE hr must maintain course info for audit
Active Service on IA Massage Related Board, Task Force, Committee, or Attending Meetings
1 hour of CE for each Meeting/Day/Hour
Keep Record of Hours & Duties
*CE Subject Matter Must be Massage Therapy related
Excess Hours taken will NOT carry over to the next renewal period
No CE requirements for First Renewal- CE's acquired within first 2 years of licensure can be used in next renewal only
Keep Records of CE Hours
5 Years- Audit Selected at Random Annually- Must report CE's on Renewal Application

Iowa Board of Massage Therapy
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515.281.6959


* Board Approved Providers