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Applicant FAQ
Applicant FAQ
Q:  How do I become licensed in Oregon?
A:
Oregon requires 500 hours of education to be broken down into 200 hours of health sciences and must include Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology and the remaining 300 hours must be comprised of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Sanitation, Communication, and Ethics. As of January 1, 2012 Hydrotherapy is no longer required, but may be included as part of the 300 hours. If you meet the educational requirements, you would need to take the Oregon Practical Exam and either the NCBTMB exam or the Federation of State MBlex exam. If you have already passed either of these written exams, a photocopy of your results will satisfy that requirement.  

The board does not recognize work experience in lieu of education. If you were found to be lacking any educational hours or subject matter, you would need to obtain that additional education before being able to sit for the practical exam.

You can obtain your education through as many schools as you wish, as long as you are taking certified classes.

Per OAR 334-001-0060 (8) "Certified Class" means a class that is approved by the board and is offered (a) By a person or institution licensed as a career school under ORS 345.010 to 345.450; or (b) By a community college approved by the Department of Education; or (c) In another state and licensed or approved by the appropriate agency in that state.

You can find out more information by visiting http://www.oregon.gov/OBMT/forms/CandidateHandbookCombined.pdf. This link will give you an application as well as explain what to expect on the day of the practical exam.
 
 
Q: I failed the exam and want to see what questions I got wrong so I can study.
A: We’re sorry, we cannot release the practical exam.
 
Per OAR 334-010-0010 (8) Test questions, scoring keys and other examination data used to administer the qualifying examination are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505 as amended.
 
 
Q: When is the exam given and how will I be scheduled for the exam?
A: The practical exam is given on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  When you send your application in, it is reviewed, if there is anything missing you will get a letter back requested that additional documentation.  If however your application is complete, then we will automatically schedule you for the next available date and time which is usually about 3 to 4 weeks out from the time your application is complete.
 
 
Q: What if I an unavailable during a certain time?
A: You will need to attach a letter indicating your availability with your application.  This does not guarantee you will be scheduled on a requested date, only that we will make our best effort to accommodate you. 
 
 
Q: Do I have to take the written exam before the practical exam?
A: No, you can take the tests in either order, they both must be passed prior to becoming licensed in Oregon.
 
 
Q: Why do I have to provide my Social Security Number?
A: As part of the application for an initial professional license, certification, or registration issued by the OBMT, the person is required to provide their Social Security Number to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.  This is mandatory.  The authority for this requirement is ORS 25.785, ORS 305.385, 42 USC § 405 (c)(2)(C)(i), and 42 USC § 666 (a)(13).  Failure to provide a valid Social Security Number will be a basis to refuse to issue or renew the license.