North Carolina Massage Therapist Exam

To get licensed in North Carolina, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Charlotte, Greensboro or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your massage license.

Need of a Massage License: A massage therapist needs a license to practice massage therapy in North Carolina.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.   

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete a minimum of 500 in-class hours of supervised instruction from an approved school or program.  The candidate must also pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) or the Oriental Bodywork Therapy Examination (OBTE).

Candidates must also pass a state jurisprudence exam

For more information on qualifications, see North Carolina Massage Therapist.

Applying for the Massage Exam:  Candidates can apply online to take the MBLEx.  More information can be found on the MBLEx in a Candidate Handbook.

The application to take the NCCAOM Exam can be found at NCCAOM Application.  More information can be found on the NCCAOM Exam in the Certification Handbook.  Information on NCCAOM’s Asian Bodywork Therapy can be found in the ABT Certification Handbook.  

Test Content:   The MBLEx and the NCCAOM Exam have the following content:

MBLEx

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with four choices provided for each question.  Test takers have 110 minutes to complete the computer-based exam.

The exam is divided into eight content areas:

-          Anatomy & Physiology
-          Kinesiology
-          Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Populations
-          Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
-          Client Assessment, Reassessment, & Treatment Planning
-          Overview of Massage & Bodywork History/Culture/Modalities
-          Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations
-          Guidelines for Professional Practice

NCCAOM - Asian Bodywork Therapy Exam

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and test takers have two hours and thirty minutes to complete the computer-based exam.   The exam uses an adaptive testing process, where the computer-based exam determines the level of the candidate based on whether a correct answer is given to a specific question.  If a question is answered correctly, the next question is a bit more difficult.  If the answer to a question is incorrect, the next question will be a bit easier.  You are unable to return to a previous answer in the adaptive testing process.  The adaptive testing process determines a candidate’s knowledge level and a certain level must be attained to pass the exam.

The exam is divided into eight content areas:

-          Practice Management 
-          Assessment 
-          Analysis and Differentiation of Syndromes/Patterns
-          Treatment Principle
-          Evaluation/Adjustment of Treatment
-          Client Education
-          Apply Treatment

Jurisprudence Exam:  The North Carolina Jurisprudence Exam is a thirty question multiple-choice exam taken on the internet.  To pass the exam, the candidate has to score 100%.  Candidates can take the exam as many times as they need during the application process to pass the test.  Each test is different.  For more information, see North Carolina Jurisprudence Exam.   

How to Apply for the License:  To obtain the license application package, you must download an Application Request Form.    

The form must be mailed to the Board with a fee to:

                    North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
                    PO Box 2539
                    Raleigh, NC  27602

Phone: (919) 546-0050

Fees:  There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.

Who administers the Massage Test:  The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB); and the OBTE is administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew their license every two years and complete at least 24 hours of continuing education.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in North Carolina are regulated by Title 21, Chapter 30, North Carolina Administrative Code, Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.   

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 For more information on licensing and exam preparation, go to Tests.com’s  MBLEx Test Guide and BCETMB Test Guide.

 And take Tests.com’s Massage Therapist Practice Tests:

 MBLEx Practice Test

 BCETMB Practice Test

For massage therapy exam preparation products, such as study guides, flashcards and courses, go to Tests.com’s MBLEx and BCETMB listings.

Quality starts with...
...who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writers:
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.


Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.


Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.


Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.


Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

Kinesiology
10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)

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Check out the Practice Exam for the MBLEx with 875 massage therapy questions covering the same main sections as the actual MBLEx.