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    Board of Massage Therapy Examiners

    Board News


    NEW: Servicemember and Spouse License Portability Under the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022 (PL 117-333): ​Access Application Form Here


    1. House Bill 238/Senate Bill 215– Massage Therapy – Discipline    


    1. Additional grounds for disciplinary action against licensee/registrant
    2. The Board may grant a stay of enforcement of a Board order in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act
    3. Board order may not be stayed pending judicial review
    4. Clarifying procedure for reinstatement of a suspended or revoked license/registration.

    1. House Bill 242/ Senate Bill 216 -  Massage Therapy – Definition, Registration, and Reimbursement


      1. 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….
      2. Repeals (removes) 6-403 and creates a potential pathway for LMTs to seek insurance payment for medically necessary massages.
      3. 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 https://health.maryland.gov/mhhd/Pages/Implicit-Bias-Resources.aspx

      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.



      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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    Upcoming Events

    Notice of Public Meeting

    ​​ ​​ Subject: Hybrid Open Session Meeting
    Date: September ​27, 2023 
    Time: 10:00 – 11:00am​​​​
    ​ ​Join by Google Meet:
    Call-in Info: 401-594-2706‬ ​​
    PIN: ‪366 628 187‬#​

    Please note this meeting is Hybrid/In Person with the option to call in for remote participation

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    Additional Resources

    Implicit Bias Training
    FSMTB Guidelines for Practice with COVID- Considerations
    Maryland Department of Health
    Governor's COVID-19 Pandemic Orders and Interpretive Guidance
    CDC Daily Updated Comprehensive Resource

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    Maryland Unites
    Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MD Responds)
    Employer & Worker Assistance
    Division of Unemployment
    Division of Unemployment FAQs

    snow Inclement Weather​​ Resource


    Board Office

    Board of Massage Therapy Examiners
    Metro Executive Building
    4201 Patterson Avenue Suite 301
    Baltimore, MD. 21215-2299
    Phone: 410-764-4738
    Fax: 410-358-1879
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    Walk-ins are not accepted.