Massage therapists are currently regulated in 44 states and the District of Columbia. You may want to find out in advance the requirements in the area you wish to practice. Kansas currently does not regulate massage therapists, although the standard in the field is national certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which is similar to the "national boards" give in other health care fields. Most of the states regulating massage therapists adopted this exam as the state exam. Eligibility to take the NCBTMB exam includes completion of minimum educational requirements of a 500-hour training program.
After completion of the Massage Therapy program at Butler Community College, students will have 653 contact hours and are qualified to sit for the NCBTMB.
State Regulations http://www.massagetherapy.com/careers/stateboards.php