How to Choose a Massage Therapy School
So, you've got the itch to become a massage therapist? Even if you've decided you have the physical abilities and aptitude, there are still a lot of things left to consider. Will you be able to find work after you graduate? Will you earn enough income working in your field?
It might require your time and effort, but choosing the right massage school may be able to turn your questions into answers. It's not a bad idea to begin your search by visiting the school in person or requesting a catalogue. Speak with an admissions representative and set up an appointment to visit the campus.
One of the most important things to know about your school of interest is whether it's accredited by the appropriate state education or vocational training agency. Accreditations may vary by school, location and by program, so make sure the programs and hours taken will meet and/or exceed your state's minimum licensing requirements. In some instances, a school may have other accreditations as well.
Before you apply to take courses at a massage therapy school, make sure it has all of the benefits that will allow you to start and successfully finish your program. Since massage therapy may not be regulated the same everywhere, make sure the school is in the same locale where you live and plan to work.
Here's a checklist to consider:
- Inquire if the school is recognized by the organization that will grant your license or registration.
- Inquire as to whether the school is approved by a credible accreditation agency. This knowledge will reveal if the school and programs have been put through a rigorous outside inspection and demonstrated they meet high standards.
- Consider what will work best for you -- attending school full-time or part-time. Not every education institution will offer both options.
- Take a good look at the school's brochures and training curriculum. It can speak volumes about the level of training you hope to receive.
- Delve into the school's philosophy about training and teaching. Does the school have a solid hands-on curriculum that will give you the experience to hit the ground running on the day you decide to launch a career?
- How long will the training period be?
- What financial assistance services are available for those who qualify?
- Talk with people who've taken classes at your school of interest. There's nothing like getting an honest personal opinion from someone you know or trust.
Taking a little time to do research may end up saving you a lot of time and headaches down the line.
Contact Everest today and learn more about the career training programs offered and the education needed to pursue entry-level employment upon graduation in the field of massage therapy.
Find a Massage Therapy School Near You
The Everest school system comprises over 100 school campuses, with facilities across the United States and Canada, and over 40 campuses offer massage therapy training. To find a local campus near you, contact one or more of the massage therapy schools listed below, which are sorted alphabetically by state, then region.
The quickest way to request information about any of the massage therapy schools listed is to also fill out the form on this page!
- Hillsborough County (Tampa Bay Area)
- Pinellas County (Tampa Bay Area)
- Polk County