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University vs. Technical/Vocational School for Massage Therapy

In recent years, massage therapy has grown into an integral part of the Western healthcare ideology. In the United States and Canada, there are a multitude of excellent massage therapy schools that cater to differing needs and styles of massage.

Prospective students will have to choose between a university massage therapy education and vocational training. Determining the style or area of massage to specialize in is the first step in determining the educational environment in which to study.

Vocational Training Programs

Vocational programs and specialty schools give students the opportunity to obtain a career in massage therapy in a short amount of time. They can last from six months to two years, depending on the institution and program chosen. The programs are based on practical hours, as opposed to credit hours in a university setting. A practical hour is determined by time spent in class and performing hands-on training.

Because vocational training programs are shorter in length, some only include massage and physiological training, which can limit the knowledge for a prospective massage therapy professional.

Other programs offer business classes and training in order to assist the graduate in running a business themselves. These schools often offer more specialized or specific massage styles such as shiatsu, acupuncture, or aroma therapy, but cover general areas as well. In contrast university programs can be more general, with options of concentrating in a certain area.

University Programs

University programs are longer, as most institutions have a four- or five-year program, but present more options on average, for a rounded education.

Some two-year degrees are offered through universities to provide a more streamlined program for individuals with limited time. These programs start out with general education and move into more defined areas of massage depending upon the students choices in electives. Universities have requirements of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology to gain a better understanding of the human form and its mechanics.

More often than not, universities offer a wider variety of options for massage therapy students for additional studies. Students can choose to minor in various complementary fields such as general business, finance, English, or advertising.

In addition, pupils can elect to double major or simply choose additional classes to expand their education. All accredited universities require a state certification as well as clinical studies or an internship for graduation.

While differences exist between vocational and university massage therapy programs, they both deliver quality training. These variations should be examined by the prospective student in order to decide which is more fitting to personal educational goals and career aspirations.


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            AS / Advanced Massage
            • Offers programs in therapeutic massage, skin care training, and more.
            • Has a public clinic for student practice, offering a variety of massage and skin care services.
            • Provides career services to students from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
            • Offers financial aid to students who qualify. *
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            Associate of Science in Massage Therapy
            Keiser University Campus , Port Saint Lucie

            Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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            American Institute , Pompano Beach
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            At American Institute, we believe you can become whatever you want to be, and we’re ready to help you get there. We pride ourselves on working hard to deliver quality, innovative education to our students that gives them the skills to begin or enhance their careers. We try to help our students meet their goals of changing or enhancing their careers, and also help prospective employers of our graduates in meeting the workforce needs of the 21st century while actively participating in the communities we operate within.

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            Sunstate Academy , Clearwater
            • Providing cosmetology training in Florida for over 35 years. 
            • Stands as a Redken Premier School with qualified instructors who have Redken professional training and salon experience.
            • Allows students to practice their skills with top Redken products.
            • Has full-service salons run by students available at both campus locations.
            • Offers career placement help for students, and regularly holds recruitment events for employers.
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            Massage Therapy/Terapia de Masaje
            Southeastern College , West Palm Beach
            • Owns a public spa where students can get real-world experience.
            • Provides scholarship opportunities and financial aid to students who qualify.
            • Offers many start dates throughout the year, with part-time and full-time attendance options.
            • Has 3 main campuses in Greenacres and Jacksonville, Florida, with 4 branch campuses in Miami Lakes, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
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            Rehabilitation Sciences (Master of Science) - Online
            • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
            • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
            • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
            • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
            • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
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            • Students can combine their bachelor’s degree in any field with their Diagnostic Medical Sonography program to earn a bachelor’s degree in Sonography.
            • Provides focused lab classes to give students hands-on experience as well as  clinical training held in a real-life setting.
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            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
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            • Began in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College.
            • Features campuses that are heavily engaged in their respective communities, providing professional service from students and faculty.
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            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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            M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
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            • GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in either General Psychology or Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
            • The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GCU provides a job focused education, blending the study of traditional humanities in a modern context.
            • GCU offers a variety of learning options, including: traditional degree programs offered at our main campus, online degrees, or evening classes meeting once a week at various locations.
            • Founded in 1949, GCU is a regionally accredited, private Christian university and is recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation.
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