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How long are massage therapy programs? “Depending on which state you plan on earning your massage therapy license, the number of hours of training needed to become an LMT varies but averages about 600-750 hours.”
Length of LMT training? – between 330-1,000 hours with an average of 600 hours.
“To be eligible to attend massage therapy school, you must be a minimum of 16 years of age and either be a high school graduate or have a GED. But, from there, you should possess certain traits to be successful in the competitive field of massage therapy.[ref]”
Schools with Licensed Massage Therapy Programs
- Altierus Career College
- Arizona College
- Berks Technical Institute
- Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy
- Centura College
- Cortiva Institute – Massage Therapy Schools
- Harris School of Business
- IntelliTec College
- McCann School of Business & Technology
- Mildred Elley
- Miller-Motte College
- Miller-Motte Technical College
- Platt College
- South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
- Southeastern Institute
- Western Technical College
Classes in a Massage Therapy Program
Massage therapy students will take classes in kinesiology, which is the study of motion and mechanics of the human body; also:
- History of massage
- Benefits and effects of massage
- Laws and regulations of massage therapy,
- Swedish, hot stone, sports, deep tissue, prenatal, and more.
There is also the hands-on aspect of massage therapy school which is the training portion of a class. The instructor will demonstrate the lesson and then the class will typically break down into groups where they will work on each other.
How much do licensed massage therapist courses cost?
“With massage therapy school averaging between 500-600 hours, the bottom line cost of the education is approximate $6,000-$10,000 before the necessary school supplies are purchased. If you go to a community college, the cost of the course runs on par with the school’s tuition per credit hour, but private massage therapy schools will have different prices. Massage therapy school prices can range anywhere between $6-$17 per hour of class time with an average of $9-$10/hour of education. The shorter the massage therapy program is, the less it will cost. Some programs do include the cost of the chair or table which runs around $500.