Iowa Legislative and Policy Developments


Dept of Public Health: Board of Massage Therapy 
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-7689
Fax: 515-281-3121

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours, and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 16 hours/2 years
Min 8 hours hands-on

Regulation Type: 
State License

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Iowa Proposes Mandatory Reporter Training

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy (Board) is proposing new rules that would require massage therapists who treat children and dependent adults to complete mandatory reporter training. Submit your commentary to the Board by November 8, 2022.

Iowa Adopts New Massage Therapy Rules

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy adopted new massage therapy rules that impact the following sections: definitions, licensure by examination, qualifications for foreign applicants, and license display requirements. The new rules will be effective August 17, 2022.

Iowa Waivers Expiring September 23, 2021—Renewals Through December 31, 2021

Licensees who received waivers have until September 23, 2021, to renew—after that date they must reactivate their licenses. For those renewing an active license by December 31, 2021, submit your obtained 16 hours of CE. Those renewing after December 31, 2021, will need eight hours of in-person CE.

New Abuse Reporting Rule in Iowa

On June 2, 2020, the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy adopted a new rule change effective August 19, 2020, that revises the mandatory training requirements for child and dependent adult abuse reporting.

Iowa House File 188

In Iowa, House File 188 (HF188), has been introduced to remove the licensure requirement for massage therapists. It also expands the current law to penalize an individual or business who advertises or represents an unlicensed individual as being licensed.