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Massage Therapy


Programs in massage therapy teach people how to promote health and physical healing through the use of therapeutic massage.

Massage therapy programs include topics such as:


Practicums allow students to develop skills. Most massage therapy programs require students to complete clinical training before graduation.


Many career and technical schools as well as many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in massage therapy. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in massage therapy. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most of your courses will include supervised training on actual clients. This allows you to practice different techniques and improve your massage skills.

Things to Know

Most states require you to become certified as a massage therapist before you can provide services to clients. This means that you must attend an accredited massage therapy program and pass a national exam.

Different training programs emphasize different types of massage.

Often training programs offer a supervised clinic open to the public. This allows students to gain hands-on experience while also offering low-cost massage services.

Many massage therapy programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.

Most massage therapists continue to take workshops and courses throughout their professional careers to keep their skills up-to-date.


East Side Area

Institute of Structural Medicine

Langley Equine Studies

King-Snohomish Area

Ananda Massage Training

Arlington School of Massage

Bellevue Massage School Center for Healing Arts

Northwest School of Animal Massage

Renton Technical College

Seattle Reflexology

Spectrum Center School of Massage

Spokane Area

Carrington College

Inland Massage Institute

Wellness Education Center

Tacoma Area

Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics

Clover Park Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Tri-City School of Massage

Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology

Vancouver Area

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage (Vancouver)

West Side Area

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage

Port Townsend School of Massage

Soma Institute

Whatcom Community College