Choosing a Massage Therapy Program

Researching a Career in Massage Therapy?

  • Researching and reviewing massage therapy schools and programs is often a first step. Collect information about several programs—attend an open house or orientation, interview former students, read catalogues or audit a class. Find massage schools near you » 

  • Consider your career intentions—determine which program most closely matches your career goals, personality, schedule and budget. Review the curriculum to make sure that the style(s) of massage taught match what you want to learn. Meet with an admissions counselor.

  • Find out the time requirements for a particular program and when courses are typically scheduled. Make sure your other obligations will allow enough time to study and practice outside of class.

  • Take time to get to know the credentials and experience of the faculty. Request information about student services—post-graduate job placement, tutoring, continuing education and financial aid, to name a few.

  • Consider tuition, fees, any other costs, the availability of financial aid, and the quality of the program. Remember to budget for additional necessities, such as a massage table, books and supplies.

Find a Massage School! 

Visit AMTA's Find a Massage School locator service for up-to-date information on AMTA Member Schools throughout the United States and Canada. AMTA School Members offer a minimum of 500 in-class hours to ensure the highest quality massage therapy education.

"I am very glad to be aligned with a professional organization that gives so much to its members."

Satu F., AMTA member since 2003