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State licensure

As of 2015, statewide standards for massage therapy practice had been established in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Each state has established slightly differing standards for professional eligibility.

Professional licensure requirements vary by jurisdiction. Students should not rely upon staff descriptions or statements regarding licensure requirements and need to consult directly with the licensure board for the profession and in the state or province in which they intend to practice.

State-by-state licensing and regulation guide (pdf)


At this time, no statewide standard for professional licensure, registration or certification exists for massage therapists in Minnesota. Many cities in Minnesota have established ordinances that regulate the practice of massage therapy and some cities require practitioner registration.

Learn about National Certification

Receipt of a certificate or degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University does not guarantee a license or certification to practice. States vary in the specific courses of study required and/or state-based testing for certification or licensing. Students are responsible for confirming with the appropriate board(s) to determine the specific requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice and/or seek employment.

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