Iowa Proposes New Continuing Education Requirements

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy (Board) has proposed a new massage therapy rule (page 3) that would affect continuing education (CE) requirements.

ABMP has summarized the proposed rule for you below. If you would like to submit written comments to the Board in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed rule, email before December 6, 2022. You can also voice your comments via videoconference at the rulemaking hearing on December 7, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. CST. To attend the hearing, use the following meeting information:

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Continuing Education 133.3(2)
The current rule requires licensed massage therapists to complete at least eight hours of hands-on continuing education. The proposed rule would allow licensees to complete eight of the required 16 hours of CE either in-person or through live, interactive media.

Although in-person CE instruction would not be required, the Board would strongly encourage licensees to obtain in-person instruction, when possible, especially when learning new techniques. Essentially, this proposed rule would give licensees the option to attend in-person instruction or to complete CEs online.