FAQ Students

Is accreditation important for a massage or esthetics school?

Accreditation isn’t all that important for massage or esthetics school. While it seems important, it raises the price the school will end up charging. For students, accreditation only provides one benefit, which is access to federal funding.

It’s more important to find a school with experienced instructors and the ability to outperform the first time exam pass rate in the state. Even more important is a school’s placement rate. After all, getting a job after you finish school is one of the most important things.

Find out about our instructor’s experience, our pass rate and our placement rate here.

How much school is needed to be a massage therapist?

Before you will be able to work as a massage therapist, you will need to complete anywhere from 330 to 1,000 hours of training. This is determined by your specialty and can take a few months all the way up to about two years of training.

Your training will help to prepare you for the MBLEx or Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam. Passing this exam is necessary if you want to receive your massage therapist license.

How to choose a massage school?

Finding the right massage school for you is very important. Accreditation will be necessary if you want to receive federal grants or loans to help pay for your schooling. However, this is not the only factor to consider when deciding on the right school for you.

Make sure you take the time to do your research before choosing the right school for you. Consider the type of career you want to go into after you finish. You should also consider your schedule, budget and the style of curriculum provided.

Look into the time requirements for the program of your choice and make sure you can handle these requirements. You should also visit the school, if possible and get to know the faculty before making a decision. The post-graduate services provided are also very important to consider.

Before finalizing your massage school decision, look at the tuition, fees and other costs you may need to pay. Make sure you can handle these fees and don't forget about the books, massage table and supplies you will likely need to purchase.

The reputation of the school you attend matters, too. Businesses looking for massage therapists may know whether or not they trust specific schools and the way they teach. A school with a long-standing reputation will likely provide a better experience during the training and after you graduate.

How much does it cost to go to massage school?

The cost of attending massage school can range depending on how many classes you take at one time. Different schooled will likely have different costs and it can range across the country. You may pay a different amount in Chicago compared to New York City.

You want to make sure you ask about the overall cost when you speak to each school you're interested in. Make sure you understand that you will pay for an average of 500 to 600 hours of training. The tuition, alone, will likely run from $6,000 to $10,000. In addition, you will also need to spend money for textbooks, supplies, a massage table, lotions, oils and other supplies.

How to get into massage therapy school?

It's not quite the same admission process as going to a college or university. Massage therapy school admission can vary depending on the school and the program. Typically, you will apply for the program, pay a deposit and speak to an admissions person about when you will start. It's not difficult to get into massage school, but it will require some paperwork.

How much do massage therapists make after graduating?

The average salary for a massage therapist in 2017 was $48,166, according to salary.com. The range can go from about $43,101 to $55,335 and can vary even more based on many different factors. This may or may not include tips, as well.

The actually amount you will make will depend on many factors including experience, location and the type of job or specialty you enter into. Some massage therapists make around $75,000, but they are considered to be at the top of the pay scale for massage therapy.

What kind of jobs can a massage therapist get?

There are three main categories when it comes to massage therapy jobs:

  • Clinical

  • Spa

  • Sports

Within each of these categories there are a few different specialties and type of jobs a massage therapist can get.

If you decide to specialize in clinical/medical massage therapy, you will likely work in a healthcare facility, such as a medical clinic, hospital, naturopathic doctor’s office, hospice center or chiropractic clinic.

Those specializing in fitness/sports massage therapy may work in a number of different types of places. This could open up the opportunity to work for a professional sports team, in sports medicine offices, in fitness centers or in another facility catering to athletes.

The most common type of massage therapy is the spa & wellness category. This type of massage therapist will likely work in a spa or a wellness center. It could even be a business providing massage only.

Another option many massage therapists choose is to work for themselves. This means you will be responsible for the entire business, but you will also be able to charge as you please. You will likely need a room in your home or a space you rent out specifically for massage, however.