How to Select a Massage Therapy School

Now that you have decided that a career in massage therapy is the right fit for you, it is important to take the necessary steps to find the right massage therapy school and program. Across the United States, thousands of students are choosing a career in massage therapy as they decide to earn a degree from an accredited massage therapy school. The following criteria will aid you in your search to find a massage therapy school for you and your future.

Research the Specifications of the Massage Therapy Program

It is important to research the specific qualifications of each degree program and the requirements of the state in which you intend to practice before choosing a program. Some factors include diploma versus degree programs, the number of hours of study necessary for licensure and perhaps an accelerated program. The type of degree, Associate or Bachelors, that best fits your needs will depend on factors like your current level of education, your time frame for completing the degree program, and your level of commitment to the program. After considering all factors, choose a degree program that is the right for you and your lifestyle.

Inquire about Licensing and Certification Exam Preparation

After graduating from a massage therapy school, many states require students to take a licensing exam in order to formally practice the act of massage therapy. During your consideration of a massage therapy program, choose a program that provides training and preparation for your state’s exam. Many schools offer licensing exam preparation courses towards the end of your degree program.

Visit the Campus

After you have completed the necessary research, create a list with your top one or two massage therapy schools. Schedule an appointment to visit each school for an open house. While at the open house, speak with current students and faculty to understand the dynamics of everyday life on campus. Ask any lingering questions that you may have in regards to the degree program. Also, ask students about various employment opportunities that are available after graduation.

With a bit of research you will find the best massage therapy school. The time spent finding a massage therapy program will be well worth it after you receive your degree.

For the last thirty years, New York College of Health Professions has provided holistic health and wellness education to the Metropolitan New York area. The college offers institutionally accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy through its Massage Therapy School. With three convenient locations in New York City as well as a campus on Long Island, New York College of Health Professions has a convenient location for you to pursue your massage therapy degree. For more information about various holistic healing programs offered by the College, log on to


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