Nashville Massage Therapy Schools with Program Overviews

The Nashville, TN, area has several schools that offer massage therapy programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two schools within ten miles of downtown Nashville to make an informed education decision.

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Massage Therapy School Options in Nashville

Students seeking a career in massage therapy have several options from which to select within the Nashville, TN, area. Read about two schools, all of which are less than 15 minutes from downtown. Near the beginning of the article is a table comparing valuable school information, as well as a short paragraph discussing another relevant school option.

  • The Daymar-Institute is located 6.4 miles from downtown Nashville and offers a diploma in medical massage therapy.
  • Located 10.3 miles from downtown Nashville, the Mind Body Institute also offers a diploma in massage therapy.

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Comparison of Schools

The table below makes it easier to choose a school by comparing enrollment, tuition rates, graduation rates and several other attributes.

Daymar-Institute Mind Body Institute
School Type 4-year; private for-profit <2 year; private for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 89* 37*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees 2015-2016 $17,000* $8,475*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 100%* 36%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A-Open admissions*
Graduation Rate (2014) 45%* 94%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator


Daymar-Institute is a 4-year, private school that offers a variety of educational programs to help students prepare for careers in several industries, including business, technology and health care. The school offers a diploma program in medical massage therapy that trains students in both traditional and alternative techniques, including Eastern and Western massage methods.

Medical Massage Therapy Diploma

Medical massage therapy is an alternative option for pain relief, stress management and rehabilitation from illness and injury. Coursework within the program includes classes focusing on Reiki, sports massage, polarity and energy, cranio-sacral, triggerpoint structural integration and myofascial release.

Mind Body Institute

Opened as the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Movement in 1996 and since purchased and renamed, the Mind Body Institute has been in business in Nashville since 2007. Staffed by licensed massage therapists, a chiropractor and a massage therapist who specializes in lymphatic drainage, the instructors in this program offer students a wide breadth of clinical experience.

Massage Therapy Diploma

Designed for working students, this massage therapy certification program consists of 36 weeks of training. The 700-hour program is completed in about nine months with 100 hours of clinical internship included. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, massage theory and practice as well as alternative techniques such as hydrotherapy, yoga and acupressure points. Graduates will be qualified to take the state licensure exam. Continuing education is also offered for licensed therapists who would like to expand their clinical knowledge.

Other School Option

Massage therapy training is also available at Miller-Motte Technical College, located about 11 miles from Nashville in the town of Madison.

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