Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Iowa – Schools, Salary, and License Info

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Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Iowa

If you want to work as a massage therapist in Iowa, you need to enroll in a training program first.

You also need to submit your high-school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old.

Read on the article below to find out more about the licensing process.

Massage Therapist Criteria

You need to complete a 600-hour course that adheres to a state curriculum.

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The program must cover:

  • Massage therapy fundamentals
  • Clinical application of bodywork and massage
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Client communication
  • Heath care referral
  • Pathology, infection control, and injury prevention
  • Business management
  • Iowa law and ethics
  • Wellness and healthy lifestyle

Out of these, the subjects must be split as follows:

  • 200 hours in massage therapy and assessment
  • 100 hours in anatomy and physiology
  • 100 hours of supervised practice

Students are also required to take a CPR/ first aid class at the the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or National Safety Council.

School NameAddress
Ancient Wisdom Massage School, Spa & Clinic1114 Woodbury Avenue Ste 3 Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Carlson College of Massage Therapy11809 Country Rd. X-28Anamosa, IA 52205
CAPRI College2945 Williams Parkway SWCeder Rapids, IA 52404
CAPRI College395 Main StreetDubuque, IA 52001
CAPRI College2450 East 53rd StreetDavenport, IA 52807
College of Massage3601 Douglas Ave.Des Moines, IA 50310
East-West School of Integrative Healing Arts1395 Jordan StreetNorth Liberty, IA 52317
Indian Hills Community College525 Grandview Ave.Ottumwa, IA 52501
Iowa Lakes Community College1900 North Grand Ave. #8Spencer, IA 51301
La' James College24 2nd Street NEMason City, IA 50401
Windemere Institute of Healing Arts2219 Pole Line Rd.Decorah, IA 52101

Testing Criteria

The approved exams are the MBLEx and NCBTMB.

The MBLEx requires a $195 fee and reading the information bulletin.

This test is multiple choice and available in person after you receive the Authorization to Test.

The NCBTMB is not used for certification but for additional credentials.

It requires 750 hours of class, and you can find more info if you email

How to Apply

You need to submit school transcripts for the past year and proof of CPR training.

If you come from another state you have to bring a school catalog and have your school send in the transcripts and fill in a section of the application form.

All the paperwork along with a $120 fee will be submitted to the Board office in Des Moines.

Candidates from other states

If the standards in the licensing state are the same as in Iowa, your license will be valid.

However, your certification will need to be verified first.

If the requirements in the state you come from don’t meet the Iowa criteria, you can still get a temporary permit while you get more experience.

Your credentials will be verified by International Educational Research Foundations or International Credentialing Associates.

You will need to submit proof of CPR training and a legalized copy of your license.

Other Info

The Board site includes a waiver petition to use when applicable.

You can reach out to The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy for additional info regarding law changes.

The American Massage Therapy Association-Iowa Chapter is also a good place to learn more about the industry as a whole.

Every 2 years, massage therapy professionals must renew their licenses.

This profession is rewarding, as you can tell from the table below showing the median income per year in major Iowa cities.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Des Moines$49,534
Cedar Rapids$48,582
Sioux City$42,601
Iowa City$48,182
West Des Moines$49,534
Council Bluffs$48,410

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