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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Ohio

Massage therapists have been getting licenses in Ohio since 1915, which is the longest for any state.

To get licensed, you need to fulfill certain training requirements and pass an exam.

Training Requirements

You need a total of 750 hours of training within an accredited program.

The program must cover theory and practice, in topics as anatomy, physiology, pathology, hygiene, business, and ethics.

Popular Programs

To be accredited, a school outside Ohio must be approved by an entity similar to the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools Registration or the Ohio Board of Regents.

School Name Address
Blanchard Valley Academy of Massage Therapy 1710 Crystal Ave. Findlay, OH 45840
Columbus State Community College 550 East Spring St. Columbus, OH 43215
Cuyahoga Community College Massotherapy Program 4250 Richmond Road Highland Hills, Ohio 44122
Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy 20950 Center Ridge Rd. #201 Rocky River, OH 44116
Healing Arts Institute 340 Three Meadows Dr. Perrysburg, OH 43551
Hocking College 3301 Hocking Parkway Nelsonville, OH 45764
Knox County Career Center 306 Martinsburg Rd. Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Miami-Jacobs Career College 875 West Central Ave. Springboro, OH 45066
Miami-Jacobs Career College 865 West Market St. Troy, OH 45373
Northcoast Medical Training Academy 1832 State Route59 Kent, OH 44240
Owens Community College 3200 Bright Rd. Findley, OH 45840
Owens Community College 1724 Indian Wood Circle Maumee, OH 43537
Owens Community College 2249 Tracy Rd. Northwood, OH 43619
Owens Community College 30335 Oregon Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551
Owens Community College 1301 Monroe St. Toledo, OH 43604
Raphael's School of Beauty Culture 2445 West State St. Alliance, OH 44601
Raphael's School of Beauty Culture 5311 Market St. Boardman, OH 44512
Raphael's School of Beauty Culture 3307 Center Rd. Brunswick, OH 44212
Raphael's School of Beauty Culture 1324 Youngstown-Warren Rd. Niles, OH 44446
Raphael's School of Beauty Culture 24761 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, OH 44070
Schools of Medical Massage 11250 Cornell Park Dr. #203 Cincinnati, OH 45242
Schools of Medical Massage 4457 Far Hills Ave Dayton, OH 45429
Schools of Medical Massage 3325 Shawnee Rd. Lima, OH 45806
Schools of Medical Massage 18334-D East Bagley Rd. Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
SHI Integrative Medical Massage School 130 Cook Rd. Lebanon, OH 45036
Stark State College 6200 FRank Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720
Stautzenberger College 8001 Katherine Blvd. Brecksville, OH 44141
Strautzenberger College 1796 Indian Wood Circle Maumee, OH 43537

Exam Criteria

To receive your certification, you need to pass the MBLEx which covers the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology/ contraindications and cautions/ special populations
  • Benefits and physiological effects
  • Client assessment and treatment planning
  • Massage and bodywork overview
  • Professional practice guidelines
  • Laws, regulations, ethics and boundary issues

To apply, you need to download the form on the Board’s site and read the candidate bulletin.

You also need to pay a $195 fee.

Your Authorization to Test will be sent to you within 5 days, and from then on you have 90 days to take the exam.

Background Check

Your fingerprints will be analyzed by the WebCheck system, and you can find a location on the Ohio Attorney General site.

Candidates who reside in other states must submit fingerprints through their local agency on a fingerprint card.

This card can be requested from the Board by email.

The BCI background check costs $22 and the FBI background check costs $24, but additional fees might apply.

How to Apply

After you download the application form, you need to submit copies of your diplomas and have the original signed by the school.

You will also need 2 reference letters along with 2 passport-sized photos.

If you have a certification in another state, it will have to be reviewed no matter its type.

If you were convicted for a crime, you need to fill in a criminal offense information form.

The application then has to be legalized, and you must submit a $150 fee.

All applications should be sent to the State Medical Board in Columbus, and you will receive an answer within 2 months.

If you have a license in another state and job experience of 5 years, you don’t need to be examined again.

Other Info

You can contact the State Medical Board of Ohio for more details regarding licenses.

Another useful site to visit is one of The American Massage Therapy Association-Ohio Chapter.

The average salary in this field in Ohio is very similar to that at a national level.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Columbus $50,447
Cleveland $50,892
Cincinnati $50,160
Toledo $49,601
Akron $49,247
Dayton $49,862
Canton $48,986
Youngstown $48,626
Lorain $49,944
Hamilton $49,954

Regional Salary in Ohio

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Akron, OH180$45,620$21.93$64,070$29,130
Canton-Massillon, OH90$43,480$20.9$62,610$27,520
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN510$54,510$26.21$80,810$29,710
Cleveland-Elyria, OH370$51,500$24.76$74,690$30,010
Columbus, OH500$52,760$25.36$74,710$30,340
Dayton, OH170$51,780$24.9$73,680$29,110
Toledo, OH110$49,340$23.72$72,360$28,990
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA90$41,510$19.96$60,710$24,200
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Massage Therapists, OCC Code 31-9011, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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