Tennessee Legislative and Policy Developments


Dept of Health
Board of Massage Licensure

665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-253-2111
Fax: 615-532-5164
Email: Massage.Health@tn.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and passing the MBLEx or NCBTMB
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years

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Tennessee Regulatory Update

Tennessee massage therapy education requirements increased from 500 hours to 650. ABMP would like to share an update to explain how that change came about and give some overdue credit to those who made it happen.

Tennessee Increases Minimum Education Hours

On April 16, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law House Bill 1610 and Senate Bill 1588, increasing the minimum massage curriculum hours that an applicant for massage licensure must complete at an approved school for massage, bodywork, or somatic therapy to be eligible for licensure under the Massage Licensure Act. Find out the new state minimum requirement.

Tennessee Bills Propose Massage Program Hour Increase

Support House Bill 1610 and Senate Bill 1588 to protect student federal aid—write a letter to your elected officials sharing that federal financial aid is necessary to keep your school doors open or that it helped fund your student tuition costs.

TN Bill Exempts Temporary License Holders from Competency Exam

Effective July 1, 2022, the Board of Massage Licensure will be able to grant a temporary license to a person in good standing who is either licensed, registered, or certified in another state without passing a competency exam by the Board.

Tennessee COVID-19 State Update

ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP have summarized below how COVID-19 has impacted Tennessee, from executive orders affecting business closures, to reopening protocols modifying practice procedures, to financial programs developed to aid the unemployed.