New York Massage Therapy Licensing Exam and Approval Process

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Professional Licensing for Massage Therapist for the State of New York- governed by the Education Department’s Office of Professions. FAQ

Completely fill out and send in your Application form to receive permission to take the State Examination. Application for Limited Permit

Massage Therapy Reciprocity Application- Moving from another state with a valid license? Check out the Laws, Rules, & Regulations Part 52.15 & Part 78. Verification of Experience Always start with the source when you cannot find the information in these resources, call the New York Division of Professional Licensing Services Massage Therapy Phone: 518-474-3817, ext# 150

The State requires 1000 hours from an institute of Massage Therapy that has been approved by the Education Department. The State of New York is one of the few who do not require you to take a State Exam given by the FSMTB, however they have their own Massage Therapy Examination that you must pass in order to receive a License to practice Massage.

License Renewal Information- Renew Online -36 CE's/ 3 years

New York Massage Schools - A list of massage schools in New York

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Question Estimations for the New York Exam:

20 questions on Massage Assessment & Evaluation 14%

40 questions on Massage Assessment Treatment plan examination 29%

Includes: Pathology, Body Systems, Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

72 questions on Massage Application Treatment skills 51%

8 questions on Professional Massage Standards, Ethics, Business & Legal Practices 6%

For a total of 140 questions

Eastern Method questions 20

Passing Score is 75.0 Determined by NY State Board for Massage

Practice Guidelines & Practice Precautions


The New York Exam also contains state laws and regulations.

Web Information
List of schools New York Massage Schools
Education Requirements 1,000 Hrs
Title Massage Therapist MT
Type of Credential License
State Law Test
State Practical or Written Exam Written Exam
National Exam Requirement NA
CEU's 36/3 years *** January 1st 2012
Initial Cost of License $108
Require City License Check Local City & County Business Regulations
Renewal Fee $55/ 3 years
Liability ins Massage Therapy Insurance Comparison
Credentialed Practitioners 15,297

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions

Division of Professional Licensing Services
Massage Therapy

89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext# 150
Fax: 518.486.4846

Massage Schools in New York



Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage

3 Cerone Commercial Dr.

Albany, NY 12205

Albany 518.489.4026

Mildred Elley

855 Central Ave

Albany NY


Albany 518-786-0855

New York College of Health Professions

6801 Jericho Turnpike

Syosset, NY 11791

Syosset 518.474.3852

Queensborough Community College

222-05 56th Ave.

Bayside, NY 11364

Bayside 718.631.6262

ASA College

383 Pearl Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Brooklyn 201.477.0003

Trocaire College

360 Choate Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14220


Buffalo 716.826.1200

Finger Lakes Community College

3325 Marvin Sands Dr.

Canandaigua, NY 14424

Canandaigua 585.394.3500

Finger Lakes School of Massage

1251 Trumansburg Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Ithaca 607.272.9024

Morrisville State College

80 Eaton Street

Morrisville, NY 13408

Morrisville 800.258.0111

Finger Lakes School of Massage

272 North Bedford Rd.

Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Mount Kisco 914.241.7363

American Center for The Alexander Technique

39 West 14th Street Room 507

New York, NY 10011

New York 212.633.2229

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

915 Broadway, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10010


New York 212.982.3456

Swedish Institute

226 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10001

New York 212.924.5900

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

302 North Goodman St.

Rochester, NY 14607

Rochester 585.241.0070

Qi Gong Institute of Rochester

595 Blossom Rd. #307

Rochester, NY 14610

Rochester 877.346.4017

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

719 East Genesee St.

Syracuse, NY 13210

Syracuse 315.424.1159

New York Institute of Massage

4701 Transit Road

Williamsville, NY 14221


Williamsville 716.633.0355

New York Continuing Education

36 CE Credits Triannually
Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Renew on State Approval Anniversary Date every Three Years
Direct Contact (Live) New York Board Approved
Required for Renewal
Remaining 12 CE hours may be contact or noncontact - Must have Exam Competency and Certification
Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication
Required for Renewal
Ethics Bench

Body Mechanics & Self-Care

Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business Practices
Not Limited
Business Mastery
Maximizing Profits
Not Allowed
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid Instructor-Led
Minimum Allowed in each Subject - Direct Contact (Live)
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
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Self-Instructional: Books, DVD's, & Online coursework
Minimum Allowed - Documentation required - 6 hrs may be approved by other jurisdictions

Research Community & CE Catalog

Somatic Education
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Massage Teacher Training  
Not Listed
Instructor Headquarters
Massage Lecture or Teaching a CE Class
Not Listed
Active Service on NY Massage Related Board, Task Force, Committee, or Attending Meetings
Not listed- 1 hour of CE for each hour- At Board's Discretion
Keep Record of Hours & Duties

*CE Subject Matter Must be NY Board Approved & Providers Approved by NCBTMB or NY Board

Excess Hours taken do NOT carry over to the next renewal period
No CE requirements for First Renewal- 1 CE hour/ month for adjusted registration periods
Keep Records of CE Hours
6 Years- Audit Selected at Random Annually

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions

Division of Professional Licensing Services
Massage Therapy

89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext# 150
Fax: 518.486.4846

* Board Approved Providers

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation- granting Postsecondary degrees
  • Massage Institution of higher learning and/or a University system
  • Course Approval Required by New York Board

*Board Approved Subject Matter

  • Subjects Fundamental to the practice and Profession of Massage & Bodywork
  • Clinical intervention/ Evidence Based Models
  • Use of Thermal Modalities, Topical Preparations, Mechanical Assistive- devices/appliances
  • Communication & Business planning and standards
  • Posture & Movement Assessment/ Evaluation
  • Massage & Bodywork Business Practices
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Human Body
  • Kinesiology of the Human Body
  • Pathology, Myology, & Neurology of the Human Body
  • Professional Ethics, Boundaries, and Safe practices
  • Rx regimes
  • Cultural Competency
  • Somatic Education
  • Philosophy and Principles of Massage Therapy
  • CPR/ First Aid

* Courses Not Approved as Massage Therapy techniques (not limited to:)

  • Alexander Technique
  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Reiki
  • Maximizing Profit