School and Ranking Information
Although at least 13 colleges offer degrees within 25 miles of Phoenix, the vast majority of these schools are private, for-profit institutions. But the following public school is considered the number one choice in the area based on low tuition costs, number of available programs and accreditation.
- Winner: Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ, offers an Associate in Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage and a therapeutic massage certificate program.
School Info Chart
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $1,974 (in-state); $7,758 (out-of-state)*|
|Massage Therapy Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Massage Therapy Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||39*|
|Most Popular Massage Therapy Degree Level in 2013||Certificate*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%*|
|Noteworthy||The therapeutic massage program is accredited by NCBTMB**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Phoenix College
- Upon completion of the associate degree or certificate therapeutic massage programs, students are eligible to seek licensure in Arizona
- Massage students can work at the Student Therapeutic Massage Clinic on campus for added training
Phoenix College is a 2-year public college that is a part of the Maricopa County Community College District, which is one of the nation's largest community college systems. This school has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, allowing greater access to federal and state funding for Hispanic students.
The Therapeutic Massage Certificate is a 24-credit program emphasizing the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of massage therapy. A clinical practicum is required for graduation. Students completing the program are prepared to run their own private massage practices or work at spas or medical clinics.
The associate's program in therapeutic massage consists of 64 credits, including all the same courses as the certificate program, but with added general education requirements. Those students who complete the program may be able to transfer credits to a bachelor's degree program in acupuncture, nursing, physical education, physical therapy, recreation management, wellness or a related field.