FSMTB Announces Exam Changes

By Editorial Staff
2018-1-17

FSMTB Announces Exam Changes

By Editorial Staff
2018-1-17

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards has announced the following changes to the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination that take effect for all test administrations beginning July 1, 2018:

"The section entitled Overview of Massage/Bodywork Modalities, History and Culture will no longer be a separate section. a. Overview of Massage/Bodywork Modalities will be reassigned as a subcategory under the section entitled Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue; and b. History and Culture subcategories will no longer be tested."

The distribution of topics tested on the exam have also been adjusted as follows:

  • "Anatomy & Physiology changes from 12% to 11%
  • "Kinesiology changes from 11% to 12%
  • "Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Population changes from 13% to 14%
  • "Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue changes from 14% to 15%
  • "Client Assessment Reassessment & Treatment Planning remains at 17%
  • "Ethics, Boundaries, Laws and Regulations changes from 15% to 16%
  • "Guidelines for Professional Practice changes from 13% to 15%"

The MBLEx changes follow a comprehensive analysis of findings from the FSMTB's 2017 Job Task Analysis, conducted by the board "to ensure the [MBLEx] is assessing knowledge and skills relevant to entry-level competence." For more information and to compare the current MBLEx content outline with the outline for exams administered on or after July 1, 2018, click here.