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Massage therapists; qualifications, license.

Provides that an applicant who completed a massage therapy educational program in a foreign country may apply for licensure as a massage therapist upon submission of evidence that the applicant (i) is at least 18 years old, (ii) has successfully completed a massage therapy educational program that is comparable to a massage therapy educational program required for licensure by the Board, and (iii) has not been subject to disciplinary action that would result in denial of licensure. The Board of Nursing shall issue a license to an applicant who completed his massage therapy educational program in a foreign country upon and submits evidence of completion of the English-language version of the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or a comparable examination.

Date Version PDF TXT
01/28/2020 House: Committee substitute printed 20106435D-H1 Open
01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101580D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20106435D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 1121
    AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
    (Proposed by the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
    on January 28, 2020)
    (Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Robinson)
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 54.1-3029 of the Code of Virginia, relating to massage therapists; qualifications; license.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 54.1-3029 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    54.1-3029. Qualifications for a licensed massage therapist.

    A. In order to be licensed as a massage therapist, the applicant shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:

    1. Is at least 18 years old;

    2. Has successfully completed a minimum of 500 hours of training from a massage therapy educational program, that required a minimum of 500 hours of training. The massage therapy educational program shall be certified or approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia or an agency in another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States territory that approves educational programs, notwithstanding the provisions of � 23.1-226;

    3. Has passed the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or an examination deemed acceptable to the Board of Nursing; and

    4. Has not committed any acts or omissions that would be grounds for disciplinary action or denial of licensure as set forth in this chapter.

    B. The Board may issue a provisional license to an applicant prior to passing the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards for such time and in such manner as prescribed by the Board. No more than one provisional license shall be issued to any applicant.

    C. The Board may license without examination any applicant who is licensed as a massage therapist in another state, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory, or another country, and, in the opinion of the Board, meets the requirements for licensed massage therapists in the Commonwealth.

    D. An applicant who completed a massage therapy educational program in a foreign country may apply for licensure as a massage therapist upon submission of evidence, satisfactory to the Board, that the applicant:

    1. Is at least 18 years old;

    2. Has successfully completed a massage therapy educational program in a foreign country that is comparable to a massage therapy educational program required for licensure by the Board as demonstrated by submission of evidence of comparability and equivalency provided by an agency that evaluates credentials for persons who have studied outside the United States;

    3. Has passed a Board-approved English language proficiency examination; and

    4. Has not committed any acts or omissions that would be grounds for disciplinary action or denial of licensure as set forth in this chapter.

    The Board shall issue a license to an applicant who meets the requirements in this subsection upon submission by the applicant of evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant has completed an English version of the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or a comparable examination deemed acceptable to the Board.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Roxann L. Robinson R-Richmond Sponsor
    Dawn M. Adams D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/31/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
    01/30/2020 House House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil
    01/28/2020 House House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
    01/28/2020 House House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
    01/28/2020 House House: Committee substitute printed 20106435D-H1
    01/23/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
    01/15/2020 House House: Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101580D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
    Summary
    Congress - Bill Number Major Title
    Branch Vote Date Yes No Not Voting
    House 1/28/2020 12:00:00 AM 22 0 0
    House 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 7 0 0
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    Provides that an applicant who completed a massage therapy educational program in a foreign country may apply for licensure as a massage therapist upon submission of evidence that the applicant (i) is at least 18 years old, (ii) has successfully completed a massage therapy educational program that is comparable to a massage therapy educational program required for licensure by the Board, and (iii) has not been subject to disciplinary action that would result in denial of licensure
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    Has passed an English version of the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or an examination deemed acceptable to the Board of Nursing; and 4


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