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Massage School in NYC with Program Overviews

Oct 08, 2018

The New York City area has four schools that offer massage therapy programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools, one in the city and the other about 30 miles away, and make an informed education decision.

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New York City-Area Massage Therapy Programs

Students interested in studying massage therapy in the New York City area have two in-state options from which to choose. This article looks at both those schools, neither more than 30 miles from downtown, and the various programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about each school, such as size, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate, that can help individuals decide which is the best option. At the end of the article are the names of two other schools, located in New Jersey, that offer relevant training.

  • Queensborough Community College, about 12 miles from downtown, is the only public school in the downtown area that offers a degree program in massage therapy. It offers an associate's degree.
  • The New York College of Health Professions about 26 miles away, in Syosset, has both an associate's in massage therapy and a bachelor's degree program in Asian bodywork.

Comparison of Schools

The following table displays important information for prospective students to consider when reviewing their training options.

Queensborough Community College New York College of Health Professions
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 15,400* 485*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $5,210 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state* $14,226*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 78%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 67% for full-time students, 49% for part-time students* N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 23% (21% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2014* 44% (53% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2011*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Queensborough Community College

Part of the City University of New York system (CUNY), Queensborough Community College provides a learning environment that is both collaborative and community-focused. Located in Bayside, the college's associate's degree program in massage therapy is the only program of its kind in the New York City metropolitan area.

Associate in Applied Science in Massage Therapy

Through this degree program, students learn about the principles of both Eastern and Western massage therapy and how the different techniques can be used to provide relief. In addition to lectures and labs, students are able to apply their skills in supervised practical settings. Courses include Western and Eastern massage, massage practicums, neurophysiology, myology, psychology, kinesiology and professional issues in massage therapy. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the New York State licensing exam.

New York College of Health Professions

The School of Massage Therapy at New York College of Health Professions trains students to use massage to promote holism, which involves combining many different ways of thinking to provide comprehensive care. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the New York State licensing exam in massage therapy. Learners have the opportunity to complete supervised clinical experiences, which can provide a peek into real-world massage therapy.

Associate in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy

This 72-credit program is broken into 6 trimesters. It takes roughly 2 years to complete, though it can alternately be completed in only 20 months. The program also has part-time options for individuals who are working or have other responsibilities and can't attend classes full-time. Students learn about human anatomy and physiology and then progress to learning different massage styles, including Swedish techniques, Asian bodywork, medical massages, Tai'Chi, Qi Gong and yoga. They also study pathology, myology, kinesiology and medical ethics.

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Advanced Asian Bodywork

The upper-division degree program option is available for individuals who already have at least 60 credits in massage therapy, a degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine or training in holistic nursing and would like to continue their studies. It focuses entirely on Asian methods of massage, including Tui Na, Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapies. The 5-trimester program includes studies in diagnostic methods, theories of Oriental medicine, Eastern nutrition, Western nutrition and topics in holistic health. Students complete courses and clinics in Thai massage, Shiatsu and Asian bodywork, in addition to studying treatment principles. A 10-trimester program is also available for students without the previous credits.

Other Schools

Two other schools near New York City also offer massage therapy programs, but they're both in New Jersey. Essex County College is roughly 9 miles from downtown New York City in Newark, and Altierus Career Education-South Plainfield is situated about 25 miles from the city in South Plainfield.

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