Massage Therapy Schools

Massage Therapy Schools

Massage therapy schools offer a great opportunity to break into an exciting career as a massage therapist. With demand for massage therapists increasing every year and huge growth projected over the next decade, now is the perfect time to start your massage therapy training. Massage therapy schools offer courses in anatomy, physiology, and several other classes designed to teach you massage techniques.

Take a look at the massage therapy schools below and see which program is right for you.

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Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute doesn’t just teach. We engage, excite and inspire you.

Cortiva Institute is the country’s largest dedicated massage therapy and skin care school with 30 campuses in 13 states and a national reputation for excellence that sets the industry standard.

Students choose Cortiva Institute because we care about the same things you do: innovation, real-world experience, and promoting the highest standards in education and the industry. Our culture challenges students to grow, not only academically, but personally and professionally- by training to care for others, Cortiva Institute graduates become the best versions of themselves.

The full Cortiva Institute experience gives you the tools and confidence to succeed, from our holistic, hands-on curriculum, to expert faculty- all practicing specialists in their field- who guide you every step of the way.

Our programs balance science and artistry, so you’ll love what you’re learning, whether you hope to become a massage therapist, makeup artist or aspire to specialize in skin care. The support you’ll get, from teachers and peers alike, is the best motivation to follow your dreams.

Why choose the Cortiva Institute?

  • A diploma in as little as 7 1/2 months*
  • Convenient Day and Night classes that fit your life
  • Dynamic clinical internships built into each program
  • 1,000s of jobs available across the country
  • Support in finding a career that gives you joy
  • Accomplished instructors and faculty to guide your development
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify*

Thousands of New Job Opportunities Every Year

Cortiva’s National Career Services Department has developed a worldwide network of thousands of employers, which generates an average of more than 5,000 new job opportunities nationwide for Cortiva graduates each year.

Of course, your success ultimately depends on you. The Cortiva Institute cannot guarantee employment or salary. But our career services assistance starts when you are a student and does not stop even after you graduate. From your first job to your last in the industry – whether you need help tomorrow or ten years from now – we’re here to help you succeed.


The Cortiva Institute Illinois campuses are approved by IBHE. The Charlottesville campus is certified to operate by SCHEV.

*Programs and program length may vary by campus. Financial aid is not available for the 300-hour Skin Care Training Program at the Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale campuses or the Professional Skin Care Program and Makeup Artistry & Skin Care Program at the Tampa/St.Pete campus.

Campus
  • Federal Way, WA
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Arlington, TX
  • Newington, CT
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Orem, UT
  • Westminster, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • York, PA
  • Wall, NJ
  • Aurora, CO
  • Joliet, IL
  • Seattle, WA
  • King of Prussia, PA
Programs
  • Massage Therapy

Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences

Welcome to the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.

The college is proud of its long-standing program in massage therapy, that leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Nursing. Three certificate programs are also offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Personal Training and Clinical Medical Assistant. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we pledge to continue to offer programs of the same quality that made our massage therapy program a landmark in healthcare education.

Campus
  • New York
Programs
  • Massage Therapy

McCann School of Business & Technology

You’ll Love Our Flexible Program Options

Not everyone can devote an entire day to classwork. Some students work full- or part-time jobs while others have children and families to care for. We realize that life can be busy and hectic, so we developed flexible programs that allow students to attend classes at times that are convenient for them.

If you’re looking for flexible career programs, look no further than McCann. We can help you earn an ASB/AST Degree or Diploma without giving up your job or sacrificing time with your family.

Campus
  • Lewisburg
Programs
  • Professional Massage Therapy - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Massage Therapy - Diploma

About Massage Therapy Schools

The amount of massage therapy training required to practice the massage therapist job description can vary greatly from state to state. In states with licensing laws that govern the practice, it is actually illegal to become a massage therapy without a massage therapy license. In some states where massage therapy certification is required, 300 to 1000 hours of hands on experience must be completed.

No matter which massage therapy schools you are considering, your education will prepare you for both certification and licensing. The courses you take will cover all of the major topics found on the massage therapy certification exams.

The amount of time it will take you to complete your education depends on which of the massage therapy schools you enroll in. In most cases, you can earn your degree in less than a year.

Choosing the Right Massage Therapy School

When choosing between massage therapy schools, there are a few things to consider. Before enrolling in any education program, ask yourself the following:

  • Is this school accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)?
  • Does this school provide aid and other financing options?
  • Does this school offer job and career placement programs upon graduating?
  • Will this program fit my schedule and time commitments?
  • Does this program offer the type of coursework I am looking for?

If you can answer yes to all or most of these questions, then you may have found the right massage therapy school for you. Make sure you take some time to research different massage therapy schools and compare them against each to find the best one.

Applying to Massage Therapy Schools

Most massage therapy schools require you to have a high school diploma or GED in order to attend. In addition, the state that you wish to practice in may have specific guidelines that you need to be aware of. For example, some states require you to have 1,000 hours of massage therapy training before you can become a practicing massage therapist. If you wish to practice in a state where this is the case, make sure you don’t attend a massage therapy school that only offers 300 hours of training.

Generally, if you apply to massage therapy schools in the same state you plan to work in, you should have no problem as they will be fully aware of that state’s guidelines.

Massage Therapy Certification

Although any of the massage therapy schools will provide you with a certification upon completion, there are is also a national massage therapist certification available. After graduating from one of the massage therapy schools and completing a certain number of training hours, you will become eligible to take one of two tests offered by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB). Check with your education program to see if they have courses designed to help you pass these certification exams.

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