Authorizes massage therapists licensed in other jurisdictions to perform massage therapy demonstrations as part of an approved continuing education program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing massage therapists licensed in other jurisdictions to perform massage demonstrations as part of a continuing education program
To allow massage therapists who are licensed in another state or country to provide instruction to New York State licensed massage therapist at programs conducted by a New York State approved provider of continuing education.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new paragraph 6 to authorize massage therapists who are licensed in another state or country to conduct a teaching clinical demonstration in connection with a program of clinical education provided by an approved sponsor of continuing education.
Section 2 contains the effective date.
In 2012, mandatory continuing education for licensed massage therapists became effective in New York State. There are presently 17,262 state licensed massage therapists who are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years. As such, there has been an increase in the number of continuing education courses conducted by entities approved by the State Education Department in order to meet the increased need.
The most effective form of instruction for massage therapy is hands on demonstration. Under current law, a massage therapist must be licensed in New York State in order to "touch" another persons. There are many world renowned instructors of massage therapy that are not currently permitted to provide instruction to massage therapists in New York.
New York State Education Law allows licensed physical therapist and occupational therapists who are licensed in other states or countries to conduct a teaching clinical demonstration. This has proven to be beneficial to both professions and their patients.
Enactment of this legislation would further enhanced the continuing education component for licensed massage therapist and provide clients with the best care available.
None to the State
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6712--A IN SENATE March 3, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing massage therapists licensed in other jurisdictions to perform massage demon- strations as part of a continuing education program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 7805 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows: 6. A MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY FROM CONDUCTING A TEACHING DEMONSTRATION OF MODALITIES AND TECHNIQUES THAT ARE WITHIN THE PRACTICE OF MASSAGE THERAPY IN CONNECTION WITH A PROGRAM OF CONTINUING EDUCATION THAT IS CONDUCTED BY APPROVED SPONSORS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION BY THE DEPARTMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14208-02-4