(1) All applicants for licensure by examination shall:
(a) submit a completed application on a form prescribed by the department with:
(i) the appropriate fee;
(ii) a copy of an official transcript or certificate of completion evidencing to the board's satisfaction that the applicant has a high school diploma or its equivalent;
(iii) proof that the applicant is 18 years of age or older;
(iv) proof of successful completion of a massage therapy educational program of a minimum of 500 hours of study that meets or exceeds the curriculum guidelines established by any program or organization accredited by the national commission for certifying agencies or its equivalent or successor;
(A) if the massage therapy transcript is not available from the custodian of record, the board may consider accepting a transcript that has been issued by the school and signed by the owner or person responsible for issuing the transcript; and
(v) a passing score on either the MBLEx, NCETMB, NESL, or the NCETM examination or a state examination deemed by the board to be equivalent.