64B7-32.003. Minimum Requirements for Board Approved Massage Schools  


Effective on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • 1(1) In order to receive and maintain Board approval, an in-state school, and any satellite location of a previously approved in-state school, must:

    24(a) Submit a completed application on form DH-MQA 1266, Rev. 1/18, “Application for Massage Therapy School Approval,” The form is incorporated herein by reference and may be obtained from the Board office at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-06, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or from the website located at http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/applications/app-mt-school.pdf or 75http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-0916977. To apply on-line, visit 82http://flhealthsource.gov/mqa-services.

    83(b) Meet the requirements of and be licensed by the Department of Education pursuant to chapter 1005, F.S., or be within the public school system of the State of Florida; and,

    114(c) Offer a course of study that includes, at a minimum, the 500 classroom hours listed below, completed at a rate of no more than 6 classroom hours per day and no more than 30 classroom hours per calendar week:

    154Area of Study

    157Classroom Hours

    159Anatomy and Physiology

    162150

    163Basic Massage Theory and History

    168100

    169Clinical Practicum

    171125

    172Allied Modalities

    17476

    175Business

    17615

    177Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy

    18215

    183Florida Laws and Rules (Chapters 456 and 480, F.S., and Chapter 64B7, F.A.C.)

    19610

    197Professional Ethics

    1994

    200HIV/AIDS Education

    2023

    203Medical Errors

    2052

    206(d) Achieve a graduate passage rate not lower than 10 percentage points less than the average passage rate for graduates of comparable degree programs who are first-time examinees on a Board approved examination during a calendar year.

    2431. If an in-state Board approved massage school’s graduate passage rates do not equal or exceed required passage rates for two consecutive calendar years, the school will be placed on probationary status pursuant to chapter 120, F.S. The Board may require the program director to present a plan for remediation at a regularly scheduled meeting.

    2982. The Board will remove probationary status at a regularly scheduled meeting following release of the school’s graduate passage rate by the Board approved testing vendor and once the school achieves a graduate passage rate for any one calendar year that equals or exceeds the required passage rate.

    346(2) An in-state Board approved school must notify the Board within 90 days of:

    360(a) Changes in curriculum;

    364(b) Changes in address;

    368(c) Changes in name;

    372(d) Changes in approved signer;

    377(e) Changes in ownership.

    381(3) Approval of an in-state Board approved massage school shall be rescinded or other action taken if the school:

    400(a) Modifies its course of study to fall below minimum standards, or fails to require its students to complete its course of study in order to graduate;

    427(b) Submits on behalf of an applicant for licensure documents containing information the school, through its owner, manager, faculty, or other employees or agents, knows to be false;

    455(c) Violates any standard applicable to the school pursuant to licensure by the Department of Education;

    471(d) Violates any applicable rule herein;

    477(e) Does not achieve the required passage rate for any one calendar year during the two calendar years following placement on probationary status, pursuant to chapter 120, F.S.

    505(4) If an in-state Board approved massage school or any owner, manager, faculty, or other employee or agent is alleged to have violated any provision of chapter 480, F.S., and rule chapter 64B7-32, F.A.C., or part therein:

    542(a) The Board shall inform the school of any alleged violations in writing. The school shall respond in writing. The school may request an appearance before the Board at the next scheduled meeting to explain any mitigating factors;

    580(b) If the Board determines that a school is in noncompliance, it may impose one of the following:

    5981. Corrective action required which shall include the time period in which the school must comply; or

    6152. Rescission of Board approval.

    620(c) The Board shall inform the Florida Department of Education of the action taken.

    634(5) The Board shall review approval of an in-state school when a change in ownership occurs. If the Board determines that the school is in noncompliance with any provision of chapter 480, F.S., and rule chapter 64B7-32, F.A.C., or part therein, it may impose one of the following:

    682(a) Corrective action required which shall include the time period in which the school must demonstrate compliance;

    699(b) Rescission of Board approval.

    704Rulemaking Authority 706480.033(9), 707480.035(7) FS. 709Law Implemented 711480.033(9), 712480.041(1)(b) FS. 714History–New 3-25-86, Amended 8-15-89, 12-22-92, Formerly 21L-32.003, Amended 10-20-96, Formerly 61G11-32.003, Amended 8-16-98, 10-30-07, 4-25-10, 5-8-12, 3-21-18731.

     

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