The State of Maryland has a two-tier system of massage therapists.
In both tiers students are required to attend an approved massage training program of at least 600 contact hours of training that includes at least 100 contact hours of anatomy and physiology. Anne Arundel Community College's massage therapy program is approved by the Maryland Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners. In both tiers applicants are required to have passed a board-approved licensing exam such as the Federation of State Massage Boards' exam (MBLEx).
The two tiers are as follows:
- Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) are permitted to practice massage therapy anywhere. Only LMTs may practice as employees in a health care setting. Examples of health care settings include doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, etc. LMTs may also give referrals to other health care practitioners. Applicants for state licensure must have at least 60 credit hours from an institution of higher education of which a minimum of 24 credit hours shall have been in basic and applied science courses related to health care.
- Registered Massage Practitioners (RMPs) may not practice as employees in a health care setting but may practice in any other setting including private practice, spas, health clubs, gyms, etc.
Learn specifics of Maryland's regulations for massage therapists at www.mdmassage.org.