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RULE §117.51Massage School Locations

(a) A massage school license shall be issued for each approved instructional location. Instruction shall not be provided at an additional location until the department has issued a license for the additional location.

(b) A massage school shall obtain approval for any additional location(s) where the massage therapy educational program will be offered. All policies and curriculum of the original location apply to an additional location(s).

(c) An application for licensure of an additional location must be in accordance with the requirements of §117.50 and include the fee prescribed under §117.100.

(d) The department may approve a massage school to begin operation at an additional location prior to inspection if an inspection of the location has been conducted by the department within the preceding ninety (90) days or if the instruction will be conducted at a public facility, such as a hotel, hospital, university, college, etc.

(e) An application for a change of location of a massage school must be filed and approved by the department before the new location is used. Upon approval of a change of location, no course work may be provided at the previous location.

(f) An applicant for a change of location must:

  (1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

  (2) pay the applicable fee under §117.100;

  (3) provide proof of ownership of the building or a lease agreement for the first twelve (12) months of operation;

  (4) maintain adequate space and equipment to provide training to enrolled students;

  (5) comply with all health and safety standards established by this chapter; and

  (6) be inspected and approved by the department prior to the operation of the school at the new location.

(g) Any refunds due to students under the cancellation and refund policy in §117.66 must be made before the department will approve an additional location or a change of location.

(h) The department may issue an emergency approval for a change of location or additional location on the basis of documented circumstances beyond the massage school's control (e.g., fire, flood, breach of lease, etc.).

(i) All required documents must be submitted before the emergency approval will be considered.

Source Note: The provisions of this §117.51 adopted to be effective November 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 4991; amended to be effective February 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 543

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