Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy is the physical, mechanical, or electrical manipulation of soft tissue for the therapeutic purposes of enhancing muscle relaxation, reducing stress, improving circulation, or instilling a greater sense of well-being and may include the use of oil, salt glows, heat lamps, and hydrotherapy. Reflexology is included in the practice of massage therapy and requires a license as a massage therapist.

Temporary Massage Therapy License: Issued to a person who meets all the requirements except passage of the MBLEx licensure examination and must be supervised by a licensed massage therapist.

Note: To practice in Nebraska, you must hold a Nebraska license and you must practice in a Nebraska licensed massage therapy establishment, hospital, nursing home, cosmetology or nail salon, funeral establishment, or other similar facility licensed by DHHS.

Animal Therapy is regulated under the Board of Veterinary Medicine per Title 172, Chapter 182. Contact the board at (402) 471-2118 or


Click here for massage therapy establishments and schools information.

Applications, Requirements & Fees

Please read the application instructions carefully. They provide more information on the requirements to obtain a license.


Requirements: Please see the regulations for massage therapists, massage therapy establishments, and massage therapy schools.

Fee Information:

Examination Information

National Examination: 

You must directly register with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) in order to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). 

Jurisprudence Examination: 
This examination is a free open-book examination and is 50 multiple-choice questions relating to massage therapy and massage therapy establishments.

Nebraska Jurisprudence Massage Therapy Examination  

For the jurisprudence exam, review the regulations and statutes for massage therapy elsewhere on this web page.  

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
7111 W 151st Street, Suite 356
Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: (866) 962-3926

Renewal & Continuing Education

Massage Therapist licenses expire on November 1 of odd years. 24 CE hours are required to renew. See the requirements at 172 NAC 81.

Mandatory CE Hours:

  • Three ethics hours (can be online)
  • 14 hands-on hours at workshops (cannot be online) each renewal period (one hour of attendance = one credit)
    - The content of the hands-on hours must include at least 75 percent hands-on technique and may include up to 25 percent theory related to hands-on technique; and
    - The agenda must reflect a set period of time for class participation (hands-on practice).

Optional CE Hours: 

  • National Examination. Seven credits for passing the examination
  • Publication. Seven credits for an article published in a professional health related journal; a newsletter article or letter to the editor does not meet this requirement.
  • Jurisprudence Examination on State Laws (50-question take home test). Three credits for passing (75 percent or above)
  • Instructor at a Massage Therapy School. 1.5 credits will be granted for each hour of teaching up to a maximum of seven hours
  • Practical Examination (must be administered by a Nebraska Licensed Massage Therapy School): three credits
  • Massage School Training / College or University Coursework (resident/distance): One hour of training = one credit, one semester college credit hour = 15 credits, one quarter college credit = 10 credits, up to a maximum of seven credits
  • Workshops and Lectures (Continuing Education Programs).  one credit for each 50 minutes of participation up to a maximum of seven credits
  • Homestudy Programs:  Only homestudy programs relating to ethics will be acceptable for renewal. Up to a maximum of seven credits will be granted. 

Presenter Credit: A presenter may receive credit for only the initial presentation during a renewal period.

Program Approval:
The board does not approve continuing education programs. Each licensee must determine if the program is an acceptable topic area for massage therapy.


To reinstate from either inactive or expired status, you must:

  • Meet the continuing education requirement (24 hours)
  • Submit a complete reinstatement application and renewal/reinstatement fees as listed on the application. Hours taken to reinstate your license can also be used to renew your license at the end of that renewal period so you are not required to have additional hours for renewal. 



Office of Behavioral Health & Consumer Services
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit 
Phone Number
(402) 471-2117
Fax Number
(402) 742-1106
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit

Attn: Massage Therapy
PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509-4986


Nebraska State Office Building

301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor

Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.