Servicemember and Spouse License Portability Under the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022 (PL 117-333): Access Application Form Here
NEW MASSAGE LAWS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2023
House Bill 238/Senate Bill 215– Massage Therapy – Discipline
- Additional grounds for disciplinary action against licensee/registrant
- The Board may grant a stay of enforcement of a Board order in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act
- Board order may not be stayed pending judicial review
- Clarifying procedure for reinstatement of a suspended or revoked license/registration.
House Bill 242/ Senate Bill 216 - Massage Therapy – Definition, Registration, and Reimbursement
- Alters the definition of massage therapy by
removing “treatment” from “Massage therapy” does not include (i) the diagnosis or treatment of illness, disease or injury….
- Repeals (removes) 6-403 and creates a potential pathway for LMTs to seek insurance payment for medically necessary massages.
- Extends the date by which the Board can no longer issue
initial registrations to practice massage in Maryland.
LMT Status - Education Requirements
NEW: Implicit Bias Training Requirement for Renewal
The Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Professional Competency Program within the Maryland Department of Health must approve the implicit bias training program. Other courses are not approved and will not be accepted. The list of approved courses may be accessed at
Effective May 16, 2022: Board Jurisprudence Examination will be Online
The Board is pleased to announce that effective
May 16, 2022, the Jurisprudence Examination (JP) will be available online to all applicants seeking licensure in Maryland. Candidates will be able to take the examination remotely, at their convenience, after notification of eligibility by the Board.
The monthly in-person administration of the JP examination will be eliminated. Candidates requiring special accommodations are to submit a request directly to the Board.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT MASSAGE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
The Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners (the “Board”) does not approve apprenticeship programs. An apprenticeship program would likely not lead to licensure or registration under the Board’s statutes or regulations. As a reminder, an individual must be licensed or registered with the Board before practicing massage therapy in Maryland.
Before enrolling in any massage therapy school or program, an individual interested in practicing massage therapy in Maryland should ensure that the training offered meets the requirements of the Board. Historically, the Board has only approved programs including in-person, hands-on training in a classroom setting.
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