Virginia Massage Therapist License Exam

MBLEx Practice Exam Questions Answers Study

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

Need of Massage Certification: A massage therapist needs to be certified to practice massage therapy in Virginia.

Who Grants Certification:  Certification in Virginia is granted by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Qualifications to become Certified:  A candidate needs to complete at least 500 hours of training in massage therapy from an approved school or program.

The candidate must also pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

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.

Test Content:   The MBLEx 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

How to Apply to get Certified:  Candidates must provide the Board the following documents:  (1) completed application; (2) verification of completed course of study; and (3) verification from the MBLEx of passage of an exam.  The documents should be sent directly to:

           Virginia Board of Nursing – Department of Health Professions
               Perimeter Center
               9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
               Henrico, VA  23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4515

Fax: (804) 527-4455

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

Who administers the Massage Tests:  The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and Pearson Vue.

License Renewal Requirements:  A massage therapist must renew their license every 2 years and complete at least 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in Virginia are regulated by the Regulations  Governing Certification of Massage Therapists, 18 VAC 90-50-10 et seq.   

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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 writer
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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%)