Massage therapists are being increasingly sought after nowadays to provide alternative forms of therapy and pain relief to patients who have chronic ailments and terminal diseases like cancer. They work in conjunction with physicians, chiropractors and other medical professionals and are skilled in various forms of massage therapy including reflexology, Swedish massage, shiatsu, deep tissue massage and sports massage.
Massage therapists must hold either a diploma or an associate’s degree in massage therapy, clinical massage therapy, massage techniques, healthcare administration or allied health sciences, depending on the school and program they choose. They also need to be licensed to practice in 38 states.
Massage therapy programs include courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, ethics, and even business marketing and administration. If you’re hoping to become a massage therapists, check out the programs offered by the below schools at a location near you.
• University of Phoenix (online program)
• Western Career College (Pleasant Hill, Sacramento, San Leandro – California)
• National Holistic Institute (Emeryville - California)
• Keiser University (Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Greenacres, Miami Lakes, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Pembroke Pines, Lakeland, Port St. Lucie – Florida)
• Silicon Valley College (Emeryville, Freemont, San Jose, Walnut Creek – California)
• Utah College of Massage Therapy (Phoenix and Tempe – Arizona, York – Pennsylvania, Linthicum – Maryland, Groton, Newington, Westport – Connecticut, Aurora, Westminster – Colorado, Orlando, Bradenton, Pompano Beach, Miami – Florida, Las Vegas – Nevada, Salt Lake City – Utah)
• Ashworth College (online program)
• Rasmussen College (Eagan, Moorhead, Brooklyn Park, Mankato, Eden Prairie, St. Cloud – Minnesota, Rockford, Aurora – Illinois, Green Bay – Wisconsin)
• Kaplan College (Hammond, Merrillville – Indiana, Manchester, Portsmouth, Salem, Manchester – New Hampshire, Riverside, North County, Palm Springs, Modesto – California, Omaha – Nebraska, Hammond – Indiana)
• National School of Technology (Hialeah, Kendall, North Miami Beach – Florida)
• Virginia College (Augusta – Georgia, Biloxi – Mississippi, Montgomery – Alabama, Jacksonville – Florida, Birmingham, Huntsville – Alabama, North Charleston – South Carolina)
• Allied College (St. Louis and Fenton - Missouri)
• Allied Medical and Technical Careers (Forty Fort, Scranton – Pennsylvania)
• Denver Career College (Denver – Colorado)
• Cortiva Institute (Watertown-Massachusetts, Seattle-Washington, Pinellas Park-Florida, Chicago and Crystal Lake-Illinois, Tucson and Scottsdale-Arizona, Piscataway-New Jersey, King of Prussia-Pennsylvania)
• South University (online program)
• Anthem College (Aurora-Colorado, Beaverton-Oregon, Cherry Hill-New Jersey, Springfield-Pennsylvania, Parsippany-New Jersey)
Before you join a massage therapy program, check out the accreditation of the school and find out if the program is current on all license requirements. Also check if your state requires you to be licensed – 38 states require massage therapists to hold licenses, but even otherwise, it’s good to obtain your license so you can get jobs that pay better. If you are in business for yourself, your clients are reassured about your credentials and skill if you hold a valid license.
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