What should I look for in a massage program (how should I pick one)?


One of the first things to look for in a massage program is what kind of accreditation it has. The most widely accepted accrediting boards are  Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). One of the reasons you may prefer an accredited school is that it will enable you to apply for federal student loans and scholarships.


Federal aid is not available at unaccredited institutions. The second consideration will be the certification or degree offered. Most programs offer a certification or diploma, but not a degree. However, there are schools where you can receive an Associates or Bachelor’s degree, which may be helpful if you are looking to advance your career or pursue higher education at a later date. There are even Masters degree programs in nursing that offer a massage concentration.


Online massage schools are now becoming like many degree programs offered very popular among working adults.  Especially moms who are stuck at home with the little ones.  Massageclassonline gives many options for searching online massage degrees and online massage schools.


Another critical thing to assess when choosing a school is the curriculum. Is it scientifically rigorous? Are you taught just a few massage modalities, or many? Are you given a solid background in human physiology and medical issues? Is there a student clinic at the school or will you have to find an internship off-campus? Consider the focus on the curriculum. Some schools may focus on Swedish massage, or deep tissue massage, or medical massage. Choose a program that suits your interests. Also consider how many classes are required and the cost of each.


Tuition can vary greatly.  It is recommended that you speak to former students of the schools you are considering and visit the school to see how you like the environment. Trust your instincts, no single school is right for everyone. One thing you can ask when you visit the school is what the class schedule is like. Can you attend part-time while working? Are there night classes? Is there the potential to do all your schooling on weekends? Schedules and duration of programs are dependent on the school in question.