The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene updated the continuing education requirements for massage therapists back in January 2014. This post will review those changes and summarize the CE requirements for current and new licensees. For comprehensive rules and regulations for massage therapy continuing education, please visit the Maryland Board website: www.MDmassage.org. If you are a new licensee to the profession (in practice for less than one year), you are exempt for the CE course requirement portion of the renewal process, although you will still be required to complete the other steps related to license renewal outside of getting your CEU credits.
The previously mentioned changes to the continuing education requirements will apply during this upcoming biennial renewal period, ending on October 31, 2014. However, please note that all continuing education courses must be completed no later than October 30th! Licensees who have been in practice for a year or more will be required to complete a total of 24 hours of continuing education which the Board has broken up into the following specifications: 3 hours of ethics and jurisprudence; 3 hours of communicable disease (HIV/AIDS) education; 1 hour from cultural/diversity competency; and the remaining 17 hours from Board-approved CE courses focused on topics related directly to the practice of massage therapy.
Your CE credits can be obtained by attending live seminars or opting for home study and/or online courses. The only limitation related to the format of your CE courses pertains to local, regional or national conferences. Only up to 12 hours can be obtained from those events during the biennial renewal period. Board accepted CE companies are accredited (considered pre-approved by the MD Board) if they are also approved to offer LMT CE courses by organizations like the American Massage Therapy Association, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. If you opt to take CE courses at a state accredited university or college, or receive credit from the U.S. Military Commands, these are also accepted by the Maryland Board and will count toward your overall CE requirement.
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