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

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Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Washington

Washington has more strict requirements for massage therapy students.

You not only have to be 18 years old and enroll in a course but also pass several exams.

Let’s read more about them below.

Training Requirements

To get licensed as a massage therapist, you need to attend a 500 hour course or become an apprentice.

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In either case, the facility must be Board accredited.

The training topics must cover:

  • 265 hours of Massage theory and practice, from which 50 hours can be practice only
  • 55 hours of clinical and business practices
  • 130 hours of anatomy and physiology
  • 50 hours of pathology

You must also take CPR and first aid training with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

School NameAddress
Altierus906 SE Everett Mall Way, #600Everett, WA 98208
Ananda Massage Training6505 218th Street SW #15Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Ancient Arts Massage School1319 Lee Blvd.Richland, WA 99352
Bellevue Massage School15921 NE 8th #106-CBellevue, WA 98008
Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage2330 Mottman Rd. #106Tumwater, WA 98512
Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage7723 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. Van Mall Sq.Vancouver, WA 98662
Carrington College10102 E. Knox Ave., Suite 200 Spokane, WA 99206
Center for World Indigenous Studies1015 4th Ave. West #A&BOlympia, WA 98502
Clover Park Technical College4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SWLakewood, WA 98499
Cortiva Institute2030 SOUTH 314th StreetFederal Way, WA 98003
Denton Massage School426 North Olympia Ave.Arlington, WA 98223
Everest College - Now Altierus2156 Pacific Ave.Tacoma, WA 98402
Inland Massage Institute775 East Holland Ave. #110Spokane, WA 99218
Institute of Structural Medicine103 Ross Rd.Twisp, WA 98856
Northwest School of Animal MassagePO Box 670 Fall City, WA 98024
Northwest Academy of Healing Arts2707 California Ave. SW #201Seattle, WA 98116
Port Townsend School of Massage1071 Landes CourtPort Townsend, WA 98368
Spectrum Center School of Massage12506 18th St. NE #1Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Spokane Community College1810 North Greene St.Spokane, WA 99217
Tri-City School of Massage26 East Third AveKennewick, WA 99336
Whatcom Community College237 West Kellogg Rd.Bellingham, WA 98226

Exam requirements

You will have to take the MBLXe exam, and you will also need to read the candidate bulletin beforehand.

If you were an apprentice, you need to prove eligibility before applying.

The ATT allows you to take the exam within 3 months.

If you choose to take the BCETMB exam through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, you will need to comply with higher standards than the one for state licensing.

You also need to pass an online jurisprudence exam.

After passing, make sure to print your certificate right away as the results are not kept.

How to apply

To apply, you have to submit official school transcripts, your CPR and first aid certification, test results, and any other health license you hold.

You will also have to get your background check by the Washington State Patrol and have your professional history reviewed.

You only need to submit your fingerprints if some answers in your application are affirmative, or if the Board is unsure of your professional background.

As a military spouse, you can get licensed faster.

Candidates from other states

You need to submit credentials from where you currently live as well as where you lived in the past.

You can get reciprocity licenses if the state in which you are already licensed has similar standards to Washington.

The Department of Health will require the results of your exams as well as training proof.

Still, you need to pass the required jurisprudence exam and take 5 hours of training in HIV/ AIDS.

If your documents are in another language, they need to be translated into English and legalized.

As a candidate from another state, you might have to get a fingerprint-based background check.

Endorsements in massage therapy

For an intraoral endorsement, you need 16 hours of education as follows:

  • Cranial anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, and intraoral massage technique
  • Safety, sanitation, and hygienic practice
  • Pathology and contraindications

For animal massage endorsements, you need the below training:

  • Animal Anatomy and physiology: 20 hours
  • Animal kinesiology: 25 hours
  • Animal massage techniques: 25 hours
  • Handling techniques: 26 hours
  • Animal first aid: 4 hours

Other info

You can learn more about the licensing process on the Washington State Department of Health website.

The renewal of the license in this state happens every year.

Location and experience influence the salary, including the median one.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Federal Way$54,683

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