How Do You Prepare for the MBLEx Licensing Exam? | Broadview University

How Do You Prepare for the MBLEx Licensing Exam?

Massage Therapy instructor training students for the MBLEx Licensing Exam

Find out that you need to be licensed to be a massage therapist in Utah? Massage therapists must pass the MBLEx licensing exam to become a licensed massage therapist in Utah. The MBLEx licensing exam is offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board (FSMTB). The questions on the exam are designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and facts about massage therapy techniques and ethics.

What is on the MBLEx Licensing Exam?

The MBLEx licensing exam focuses on the curriculum that you will learn during an accredited massage therapy program. This includes, but is not limited to, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, sanitation, CPR, first aid, massage therapy theory and technique, professional standards, business practices and ethics, and clinical lab work in a supervised environment.

Anatomy & Physiology

Some of the topics that are included in the anatomy and physiology section include the 12 body systems and how they relate to massage therapy. Body systems like circulatory, lymphatic, and muscular, to name a few. The exam will test your knowledge about body system structures and their functions. Further topics in this section include tissue injury and repair, and the concepts of energetic anatomy.


This section of the MBLEx licensing exam on kinesiology focuses on the components and characteristics of muscles and concepts of muscle contraction. Further, it tests your knowledge on proprioceptors, joint structure and function, and range of motion.

Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution and Special Population

This section of the MBLEx licensing exam focuses on an overview of pathologies, contraindications, areas of caution, special populations and different classes of medications. Pathology is the study of disease, their cause, origin and nature. With the different classes of medication, the massage therapist must know the contraindications or symptoms that make a treatment risky, such as someone that is prone to blood clots in their legs and the massage therapist not dislodging them to travel to the heart. Special populations include ethnicity, sex, sexual identify, disabled, as well as the un-homed and uninsured patient.

Benefits of Massage

There are many different benefits to massage therapy that any massage therapist should be familiar with. Each technique may have its own set of benefits and many benefits overlap between different massage techniques. This section of the MBLEx licensing exam confirms your understanding of the physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation, the benefits of touch, the different techniques like Swedish massage, hot and cold applications, and a full overview of the different bodywork modalities. What are some of the benefits of massage, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)?

  • Improved Blood Circulation
  • Stress Relief
  • Improved Posture
  • Pain Reduction
  • Better Sleep
  • Reduction in the Symptoms of Depression
  • Improved Cardiovascular Health
  • Promotion of Relaxation
  • Increased Range of Motion

Client Interaction

An important part of client interaction is the initial assessment, reassessments and treatment planning. This section of the MBLEx licensing exam focuses on the organization of massage sessions, proper client consultation and evaluation, how to visually assess a client, testing range of motion, an evaluation of the response to previous treatments and the formulation of massage treatment strategy. During a massage therapy program, you will master the skills of communication that are imperative for successful client interaction.

Massage Therapy Ethics, Laws & Regulations

Another important part of massage is the ethics, laws and regulations that keep both you and your clients safe during a session. This section of the MBLEx licensing exam will test your knowledge of professional boundaries, the code of ethics and consequences of violations, understanding the massage related laws and regulations, and confidentiality.

Maintaining a Professional Massage Practice

As a massage therapist, it is important for you to maintain a professional massage practice. The final section of the MBLEx licensing exam focuses on these guidelines. Whether it is the proper use of massage equipment and supplies, proper hygiene, the importance of sanitation, wearing protective gear, preventing injuries, or proper draping, you will need to abide by laws and regulations to provide a safe and sanitary experience for your clients. Further focus in this section is on proper business planning, office management, advertising for clients, hiring practices, and proper record keeping and documentation.

How Do You Prepare for the MBLEx Licensing Exam?

The best way to prepare for the MBLEx licensing exam is to complete a massage therapy program at a vocational school. Not only is this one of the requirements for licensing, but it is also a great way to learn about massage. In addition to learning the theory and practices behind massage techniques, you will work with real patients under strict supervision to further your understanding of massage. For those that need to do it, rather than read about it, real world experience is a great way to prepare for the MBLEx licensing exam.

Study Groups

During your massage therapy program, you will learn alongside like-minded classmates that are also preparing to take the MBLEx licensing exam. It is easy to break out into study groups and test each other on the fundamentals of massage. It is always easier to study when you have a group of people that are all counting on one another for help to prepare.

Ask Your Instructor Questions

The best part about attending a massage therapy program is that you will have an industry experience instructor that can answer any questions you have. Massage therapy is more than theory and sometimes you need to visually see how massage works and the difference between the many massage techniques as taught by an instructor.

Make Flashcards

When studying for a test it is not only important to read the flash cards but also to use your other senses through writing and speaking. Using more than one sense will help you better remember the information on the exam.

Final Thoughts

Ready to start a massage therapy program and meet the requirements for taking the MBLEx licensing exam? By preparing for the exam and gaining knowledge about massage therapy in the vocational program, you will not only be confident when it comes time to take the exam, but you will also be ready to start working on day one. In addition to preparing for the MBLEx licensing exam, you will participate in lab work and externships that will give you hands-on experience when you are ready to get a job in massage. An investment in your career is the best investment you can make.

Do you still need to graduate from a massage therapy program so you can take the MBLEx licensing exam? Want to learn more about our massage therapy program? Broadview University developed the Massage Therapy certificate program with your future in mind. The certificate program is designed to emphasize skills and knowledge for entry-level employment as a massage therapist. The Massage Therapy program at Broadview University prepares you to take the MBLEx licensing exam offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board (FSMTB). Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible for professional membership in such associations as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a massage therapist.