Currently, most all the States in the US have requirements for licensure. South Dakota does require licensure. Where no state law exists, such as in Minnesota, local laws will have varying requirements for the practice of massage therapy and regulation of massage therapy establishments (business sites). SDSMT’s curriculum has been satisfactory for those graduates wishing to practice in states requiring 700 hours of training or less. The school strongly encourages students to become informed regarding the regulation of massage therapy and massage therapy establishments in the city and state where you intend to practice after graduation. If you have questions about licensure, contact the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy at 605-773-3440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are eligible to sit for the MBLEX exam after completion of a minimum of 500 hours for the State of South Dakota. SDSMT assists students through this registration and testing process. The application fee is $265.
SD State Requirements
Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours, NCBTMB or MBLEx and CPR
Renewal: 8 hrs/2 yrs
After graduation and completion of passing your boards, if you want to practice in the state of South Dakota, you must send in your certificate of completion and supporting documents to the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy. They will review it and approve/deny your application. Once approved you will receive your SD License! The SD Board of Massage Therapy is ran by the SD Dept. of Health. Here is their link and current contact information.
SDCL 36-35-2. The Board is legislated to have 5 board members appointed by the Governor. One member shall be a person not licensed by the board and four shall be licensed by the board. Check board website for current members.
Check state requirements by clicking on ABMP'S WEBSITE link above. Then click on desired state.