Rule 20:76:01:06 Required training.
training. An applicant for licensure as a massage therapist shall provide
proof of required training on a form prescribed by the board and completed by
the recognized facility where the training was received. Official transcripts
evidencing that the applicant has completed the required training shall be provided
by the recognized facility. The board may consider other evidence of training if
has ceased operations. The required training for licensure includes:
(1) One hundred
twenty-five hours of training in the body's systems and anatomy, physiology,
(2) Two hundred hours
of training in massage and bodywork assessment, theory, and application;
(3) Forty hours of
training in pathology;
(4) Ten hours total
of training in business and ethics, with a minimum of six hours in ethics; and
(5) One hundred
twenty-five hours of additional training in an area or related field that
theoretically completes a massage program of study.
Fifty minutes of supervised
classroom instruction is equal to one hour of training.
The board may approve an
application from an applicant with required training from a combination of two
or more recognized facilities. Online training is acceptable to meet the
for licensure. At least 200 hours of hands-on training from a recognized
The board may recognize
qualifying continuing education to fulfill required training for licensure.
Source: 34 SDR 332,
effective July 9, 2008; 37 SDR 29, effective August 30, 2010; 43 SDR 181,
effective July 10, 2017.
General Authority: SDCL 36-35-12(4), 36-35-24(2).
Law Implemented: SDCL 36-35-12.
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