Most states require masseuses, also known as massage therapists, to be licensed. Educational requirements depend on the state, but they can generally be fulfilled through undergraduate certificate or associate's degree programs.
10 Schools with Masseuse Programs
These schools offer accredited programs that will prepare students to become licensed masseuses.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate||$2,834 in-state,
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate,
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||2-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate||$2,753 in-state,
|De Anza College||Cupertino, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate,
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,830 in-state,
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,275 in-district,
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,444 in-state,
|Oakland Community College||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,745 in-district,
|Cuyahoga Community College District||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate,
|Fullerton College||Fullerton, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,138 in-state,
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for masseuse schools:
- Students should look for schools that are accredited by the state board, and it's also beneficial if the school is accredited by an independent agency, such as the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.
- It may be beneficial to find programs that have core education classes, such as business, communication and math, as part of the course curriculum.
- In the 45 states where licensure is required, students should look at the pass rates for graduates of the school on the state exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Examination (MBLEx), depending on which is required.
- Students who want to gain expertise in a particular type of massage should make sure that the school provides ample training in that area.
The most common training option for aspiring massage therapists and masseuses is an undergraduate certificate. To meet state licensure requirements, these programs usually consist of at least 500 hours of training, but may require over 1,000 hours. Students typically take foundational science courses in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology before gaining hands-on experience in different massage modalities, such as Swedish relaxation massage or hydrotherapy. They may also take basic business and communications classes to prepare for success in the industry.
Associate's Degree Programs
At some schools, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in massage. These programs consist of the same general coursework as general certificate programs, but they require students to take general education classes. Students may also need to take additional advanced electives in more specialized topics, such as pregnancy massage, Chinese medicine theory or sports massage. In total, associate's degree programs take two years to complete.
Students who are interested in becoming masseuses should find programs that are accredited and adequately prepare students for licensure through classroom-based coursework and hands-on training.