SEC. 73-67-35. Education requirements for registration; standards for massage therapy programs and schools [Repealed effective July 1, 2008].
(1) To obtain a massage therapy certificate of registration, an applicant must submit to the board the applicant's official and certified transcript(s) from the applicant's massage therapy school. The transcript must verify that the applicant has completed a board-approved training program of not less than six hundred (600) hours of supervised in-class massage therapy instruction, and at least one hundred (100) hours of student clinic, with a minimum grade requirement of "C" or better in every course of instruction, in the following subjects:
(a) Two hundred (200) hours in massage theory and practicum;
(b) Two hundred (200) hours in science of the human body;
(c) Two hundred (200) hours in allied modalities; and
(d) One hundred (100) hours in student clinic.
(2) "Massage theory and practicum" must include a minimum of the following classroom hours in the specified subject areas:
(a) Ten (10) hours in legalities including Mississippi massage law and ethics;
(b) Twenty (20) hours in history, benefits, indications and contraindications;
(c) One hundred (100) hours in massage demonstration and supervised practice, which must include, but is not limited to, client evaluation, stroking, kneading, stretching, friction, percussion, vibration, range of motion, hand held tools and devices designated as t-bars or knobbies, and draping and turning; and
(d) The remaining seventy (70) hours may expand on any or all of the previous three (3) subject areas and/or be related to practical massage.
(3) "Science of the human body" must include a minimum of the following classroom hours in the specified subject areas:
(a) Twenty (20) hours in anatomy, including all body systems;
(b) Twenty (20) hours in physiology, including all body systems;
(c) Twenty (20) hours in myology/kinesiology;
(d) Twenty (20) hours in neurology;
(e) Twenty (20) hours in pathology, including medical terminology; and
(f) The remaining one hundred (100) hours may expand on any or all of the previous six (6) subject areas and/or be related to the science of the human body.
(4) "Allied modalities" must include, but are not limited to, a minimum of the following classroom hours in the specified subject areas:
(a) Seven (7) hours in Eastern, European and Western theory/methods;
(b) Eight (8) hours in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid;
(c) Ten (10) hours in charting and documentation;
(d) Twenty-five (25) hours in hydrotherapy and infrared heat;
(e) Twenty (20) hours in referral methods within the health care system; and
(f) The remaining one hundred thirty (130) hours may expand on any or all of the previous five (5) subject areas, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, and/or be devoted to any approach to massage therapy and wellness, such as trigger points, management, communication, safety, oriental or Eastern massage techniques and specialized populations.
(5) "Student clinic" must include at least thirty (30) practical hands-on one-hour massage therapy sessions, outside of class, to be evaluated on documents filed and kept on record at the school for a minimum of six (6) months. These evaluations are to be completed by the clients of the massage therapy sessions and shall include the client's name, address, reason for session, indications and contraindications, date and signature. Each completed session shall constitute two (2) hours of student clinic. The hands-on session may be supervised or nonsupervised. The remaining forty (40) hours shall be acquired in an actual clinical massage therapy establishment, student clinic or location(s) approved by the school. These remaining forty (40) hours shall be supervised, either directly or indirectly, and shall also be documented.
(6) A massage therapy program shall not operate in the State of Mississippi unless it meets the minimum standards of curriculum for registration as stated in this chapter. Massage schools and massage curriculums for registration preparation must obtain a national accreditation from such agencies as the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation or programs with the same or greater requirements. Existing massage schools will have five (5) years from July 1, 2001, to obtain that accreditation. New massage schools will have five (5) years from the opening of the massage school to show conformance with the accreditation requirements.
(7) No massage therapy program shall consist of more than forty (40) in-class clock hours per week.
(8) Hours credited through transfer credit shall not be recognized by the board unless the following transfer standards are met:
(a) The school shall be provided with a certified transcript from a school licensed or approved in that state;
(b) Courses for which credit is granted shall parallel in content and intensity to the course offered by the school;
(c) Documentation of previous training shall be included in each student's permanent file.
SOURCES: Laws, 2001, ch. 549, § 18, SB 2360; Reenacted without change, Laws, 2004, ch. 476, § 18, SB 2721, eff from and after June 30, 2004.
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