STATE BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPY
June 9, 2008
I. CALL TO ORDER AND ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM
The meeting was called to order at 10:25 a.m. in the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Room W064 of the
Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 and a quorum was
Board Members Present:
Roger Reeves, Member
Barbara Lis, Member
Ann Botka, Member (arrived at 10:40 a.m.
Gary Padjen, Member (arrived at 10:54 a.m.)
Deborah Ellis, Member
Board Members Absent:
State Officials Present:
Jeanette Roberts, Board Director, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Peter Wallace, Assistant Board Director, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Elizabeth Brown, Board Advisory Counsel, Office of the Attorney General
II. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
A motion was made and seconded to adopt the agenda, with amendments.
3/0/0 Motion carried.
III. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MAY 5, 2008 MEETING OF THE BOARD
A motion was made and seconded to adopt the minutes of the May 5, 2008 meeting of the board, as amended.
3/0/0 Motion carried.
IV. EXAMINATION PRESENTATIONS
Re: MBLEx Examination
Debra Persinger of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) presented information to the board on the
MBLEx exam. MBLEx stands for Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam and is designed as an entry level exam to test core
competency. It was launched in October of 2007 and consists of 125 multi choice questions with graphics. Applicants are
given 2 ½ hours to complete the exam. The cost of the exam is $195.00. An official score report is received at the test site.
A score report will also be transmitted to the board daily or as requested by the board. Scores can also be obtained by the
board through an electronic gateway. Applicants have two avenues of eligibility: They can apply directly to the FSMTB or
through the state board. The FSMTB has contracted with Pearson Vue to provide the exam site. There are 5 locations in
Indiana: Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Merrillville, and Evansville. Applicants can register online. State boards do
not need to be a member of the FSMTB to obtain score reports. Currently, no study guide is available however they do offer
Re: NCBTMB Examination
Christopher Laxton and Donna Feeley with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
(NCBTMB) presented information on the exams that their organization provides the National Certification Examination for
Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) and the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
(NCETMB). Each exam is divided into 6 basic areas and consist of 160 multiple choice questions. Applicants are given 2
hours and 40 minutes to complete. A computer scores the exam on site and will notify the applicant of pass/failure as soon
as the test is over. Applicants must be made eligible to take the exam by NCBTMB’s requirements; however those that do
not meet eligibility requirements can take the exam under the National Examination for States Licensing (NESL) option. The
fee for the exam is $225.00 and can be taken at any Pearson Vue location. Score reports can be sent directly to the board
via mail or electronic file upon the request of the applicant. State boards do not need to be a member of the NCBTMB to
obtain score reports. 32 of the 38 Massage Therapy licensing boards accept their exam.
Re: NCE Examination
Amanda Cihak of American Health Source presented information regarding the AMMA Massage Therapy Certification
Examination (MTCE). This exam was developed by the National Board Certification Agency, a division of the American
Medical Massage Association and American Health Source, Inc, in the spring of 1999. The exam consists of 200 questions
and the fee is $275.00. Each applicant has 3 chances to pass the exam. The AMMA will send reports within 2 weeks for no
charge to the state board. The AMMA offers study guides at $14.95. They only offer the test at one site, Blue Heron College,
6 times per year and retests 6 times, so once a month. 11 states currently accept the exam. Only 2 states accept the exam
for licensure/certification, MO & SC.
A. Rules Discussion
The Board discussed the exams presentations. The board asks the sub-committee to make a recommendation of
acceptable exams and report back to the board at next meeting. The sub-committee will also have the standards of
competent practice ready to be presented at the next meeting. The Director will check with Debra Persinger of the FSMTB
on how other states handle foreign grads.
B. AMTA Newsletter
The Board reviewed this newsletter.
There being no further business, and having completed its duties, the meeting of the State Board of Massage
Therapy adjourned at 2:55 p.m.
Roger Reeves, Chair