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What to Look for in a Massage Therapy College

Sep 30, 2010

Massage therapy is one of the careers that look bright for the future. For those who are interested in massage therapy, it is important to know what to look for in a massage therapy college in order to get the education that will provide you with best chance of getting the job that you want once you have completed the program. While the demand for massage therapists continues to increase, having the best skills from your education will help ensure you find your place in the job market.

This is a step-by-step guide that will help you know what to look for when trying to decide on the right program and college for your massage therapy education:

  1. Learn what is required in your state. The programs offered vary according to the state laws and you will want to be certain that you are taking a program that conforms to the laws of your state, especially if the college is located in another area.
  2. Find out what kind of financial aid is available at every massage therapy college you are considering applying to in order to see if they have financial aid available as well as the costs of the entire massage therapy program. Talk to the school's financial aid officer to determine if you are qualified for financial assistance. For many people, this is the determining factor in choosing a college. If the college is not accredited by an acceptable organization, it may not be eligible to give students financial aid. Additionally, accreditation from a reputable institution such as COMTA or NCBTMB will guarantee that the college is held to the highest standards of education so that you will get the quality of education you need.<7blockquote>
  3. Determine how far you are willing to go from home to attend college. Some two year colleges have evening courses so that you can attend classes while you are working or attending to other obligations. Many others do not so you will need to find out what hours they offer classes. Just search online to find the colleges that offer massage therapy programs in your area and create a short list of possible colleges.
  4. Have an idea of where you want to end up working once you have completed the program so that you can compare what each college has to offer. There are numerous areas that offer work for a massage therapist and you will need to determine which ones focus on particular aspects of massage. For instance, you may have an interest in sports massage therapy. You should try to find a massage therapy college which focuses on the area of sports massage.
  5. Once you have narrowed your choice down to two or three possibilities, ask the administration a number of questions that will help to make your final decision. Find out the qualifications of the instructors including their experience with massage therapy, their education, and how long they have been teaching. You will also need to know if they have any statistics available on their graduates to determine their success. Also, find out if they have a job placement program to help you get a position after you graduate.

There are many areas where you can work as a massage therapist and you can also make a choice that will give you the flexibility to set your own schedule, making it an even more inviting career for many individuals. There are few opportunities to pursue a career that offers this many options while only requiring you only to get an associate degree and take an exam for licensure.

It is important to find a massage therapy college that will teach you the skills you need to be proficient at your job and to pass the licensure exam at the end of your program so that you will be ready to find your spot for working as a massage therapist. It is the job of the college to prepare you for success so you must take care in choosing where you will get your education.

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