Infant Massage Therapy Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Nov 29, 2017

Infant massage therapy aids in the development of premature infants, as well as familiarizes babies and young children with touch. In many states, individuals are required to pass academic programs and become certified or licensed in order to practice as massage therapists.

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Students interested in practicing infant massage can complete a massage therapy program with courses in infant massage. Programs are available to individuals with no prior massage therapy training.

Schools with Infant Massage Therapy Programs

These schools include infant massage in their massage therapy programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)*
College Lake County Grayslake, IL 2-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate $3,612 in-district, $8,358 in-state, $11,046 out-of-state
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 4-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $6,784 in-state, $20,182 out-of-state
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate $2,444 in-state, $8,732 out-of-state
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA 2-year, Public Diploma $5,676 in-state, $6,028 out-of-state
Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate $2,704 in-state, $10,875 out-of-state
Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA 2-year, Public Career Studies Certificate $4,350 in-state, $10,188 out-of-state
Capri College Multiple locations in IA 2-year, Private Undergraduate Certificate $7,720

*Source: NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for infant massage therapy schools:

  • Massage therapy programs can be found as 12-month certificate programs or 2-year associate degree programs
  • Evening options are available for students in need of schedule flexibility.
  • Students should check the options within the curriculum before enrolling since programs for practitioners don't offer always offer training in infant massage.

Certification Training in Infant Massage

This short-term training program prepares students to take a certification exam conferred by Infant Massage USA; a division of the International Association of Infant Massage. The program culminates in a certification exam that leads to the credential of Certified Educator of Infant Massage. In this 4-day training program, students learn techniques such as stroke, touch, and massage.

Certificate in Massage Therapy

Certificate programs in massage therapy are often comprised of three semesters. The program combines prenatal massage with infant massage therapy. Massage students receive training in stroke and touch techniques, as well as how to read cues from infants. Prior to graduation, students must complete an internship for hands-on training. Students also learn techniques for Swedish massage, reflexology, aroma therapy, sports massage, and Chinese medicine.

Associate Degree in Massage Therapy

An associate degree in massage therapy provides students with infant massage courses designed to prepare graduates to practice. Graduates of an associate degree program are qualified to sit for the certification exam offered by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Students complete general education requirements, but are also exposed to courses in anatomy, pathology, hot stone massage, sports massage, and deep tissue massage.

Infant massage therapy is not a stand-alone degree or focus, but it is included in some massage therapy programs. If you are interested in infant massage, be sure to look for it in the curricula of a massage therapy program before enrolling.

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