What is the difference between massage therapy schools?

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There are an estimated 350 accredited massage schools and programs in the United States for you to choose from, giving you plenty of opportunities to find a program best suited for you.  These schools will offer you roughly the same curriculum and will consist of massage therapy techniques, anatomy and physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Most will also offer extensive education in business management to prepare you to work in both an established massage therapy setting or to open your own salon.

One of the main differences in massage therapy schools is the time it will take to complete the program and the student size. Depending on the state in which you wish to attend a massage therapy school, the required number of hours you must complete will vary considerably.  Also, consider if you wish to attend school full-time or part-time as most massage therapy schools offer the option for both.  Massage therapy programs can be between 350 and 1,000 hours and will range between a month to over a year to complete.  Start your search for a massage therapy program!

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What are the prerequisites for getting into a massage therapy school?

Typically, you will not need to have any prior experience in the massage therapy industry in order to be accepted into a program in your area.  However, you will have to have received a high school diploma or your GED before applying.  In addition, some schools require that your cumulative GPA be at or above an agreed upon standard, but this is not as common.

Do different massage therapy schools cost different amounts?

The cost of massage therapy schools vary depending on which state you wish to enroll in to complete a massage therapy program.  This is because most schools base tuition cost on the number of hours of training you are required to receive in order to become licensed in that state.  As of 2012, the majority of massage therapists completed an average of 619 hours of initial training.  Typically, massage therapy schools will charge between $6-$17 dollars per hour of training.

What is the difference in becoming licensed and becoming board certified?

Currently, there are 43 states that will require you, as a massage therapist, to become licensed upon completion of a massage therapy school program.  Each state holds its own standards for measuring an applicants knowledge and skills as well as different criteria one must meet.  Be sure to check your state’s individual massage therapy licensing requirements prior to completion of your massage training.

To receive the Board Certification is the highest obtainable credential in the massage therapy industry.  Although not required, massage therapists who choose to seek this level of certification will complete additional continued education and hands-on training in addition to a background check.  According to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, massage therapists who take this extra step will have a more competitive edge in the field, see an increase in employment opportunities and be seen as more credible by both clients and companies.

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