Health Science Training
- Program length: 8 months
- Day courses: between 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Night courses: between 4:30pm – 11:30pm
Become a massage therapist
Provide Healing Through Your Hands
A treatment for various health conditions over many centuries, massage therapy training provides students with the physical, technical, and academic skills to begin a career in this continuously expanding field. Centura College is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and training meets the standards set by the organization.
Massage therapy students will take coursework that concentrates on anatomy, physiology and business management. Deeper studies include pathology, hydrotherapy and clinic experience.
Careers that can be pursued by massage therapy school graduates include:
- Massage therapist – Use of a variety of styles to relieve pain and provide stress management. Many colleges that specialize in this field offer both professional certificates and associate-level massage therapy programs.
- Physical therapist assistant (PTA) – Work for a licensed physical therapist (most states require at least an associate degree to work as a PTA).
- Acupuncturist – Provide an ancient Chinese system that uses needles to treat a variety of medical conditions (a master’s degree is generally required to operate in the U.S.).
Careers in Massage Therapy
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2021 average median pay for a massage therapist is $46,910 per year or $22.55 per hour. Massage therapy is also one of the fastest growing occupations with a 20 percent growth predicted over the 10-year period from 2021 to 2031.
States that require a massage therapy license adhere to the certification program adopted by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Massage therapy training at Centura College equips students with the knowledge needed to take the National Certification Exam for Massage Therapy. Because some work experience is required at the time of test-taking, a practical exam is not required.
Massage therapy students should confirm state requirements with their desired work location. States not currently requiring massage therapy licensing include:
- Vermont, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wyoming
Meanwhile, other states only require state certification including:
- California, Indiana and Virginia
Some states also require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
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