New Mexico Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in New Mexico, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe 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 New Mexico.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete a minimum of 650 hours of massage therapy training to include:

-     165 hours of Anatomy and Physiology (including Kinesiology and 40 hours in Pathology)

-     150 hours in massage therapy (including contraindications)

-     75 hours of general instruction (to include Hydrotherapy, Business, 30 hours of Professional Ethics, a minimum of 4 hours of first aid and a minimum of 4 hours of CPR)

The maximum number of clinical hours is 150.

If you attended a school outside the state, candidates need to complete Form A. 

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

The candidate must also pass a state jurisprudence exam.  The jurisprudence exam is mailed to you when the Board receives your application for licensure.

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 for the License:   As part of the application process, candidates must provide the Board the following documents:  (1) completed application  (those attending out-of-state programs must submit Form A); (2) transcript of completed course of study;  (3) first aid and CPR certification; and (4) verification of passage of the MBLEx.  Candidates must send the documents to:

                    New Mexico Massage Therapy Board
                    2550 Cerrillos Road
                    Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4870

Official school transcripts must be sent directly to the Board.

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

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

License Renewal Requirements:  A massage therapist must renew their license on an annual or biennial basis and complete at least 16 hours of continuing education every two years.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in New Mexico are governed by Title 16, Chapter 7, Part 4, Occupational and Professional Licensing – Massage Therapists – Requirements for Licensing.


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

 And take’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’s MBLEx and BCETMB listings.

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
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%)

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%)