How to Find the Right Massage Therapy School for You

Finding the best massage therapy school can be a difficult task. Searching online for different keywords and searches yields all types of results and lists of massage therapy schools to choose from.

Searching through all the data can be quite frustrating. When you do find a list how do you know which schools are the best ones, which ones are accredited, and what type of school are they?

This article will examine the different types of lists that are available and how to weed through those lists to find the school that will best suit your needs.

How to Find a List of Massage Therapy Schools?

The real problem with the various lists of massage therapy schools is that most of them do not provide any substance about the school, especially when you start looking through general school directories.

There are literally thousands of schools in the United States including community colleges, state universities, private universities, for-profit vocational schools, not-for-profit vocational schools and other educational learning institutes.

Some of the best lists of massage therapy schools are hidden within organizational websites, exam preparation websites, or state massage therapy Council websites.

What Information is Included in the Best Lists

The best lists of massage therapy schools should include at least the following information:

  • Location
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Website Address And Email
  • The Type Of School
  • The Type Of Programs Offered
  • Accreditation
  • Program Cost Ranges
  • School Reviews
  • List Of Modalities Offered

Unfortunately a list like this does not exist. You can piece together most of the information but it will still take some time and effort to narrow down your choices.

The Best Lists in Our Opinion

Realizing that there is an information gap, our team put several months of research in compiling what we feel are the best massage therapy schools. This compilation took us a good bit of time and research effort and we hope that you find them useful in your search.

Note that there are other sites online that possibly provide similar information. However in our research we found that these are some of the best websites that contain the most amount of quality information.

Massage practice exams – This website provides the largest and most exhaustive list of massage therapy schools that we found, including schools that have consolidated to a larger conglomerate. This website is not a dedicated directory but rather a website on exam certification preparation.

However, you can look at the requirements for your state through their list of individual state directory. By doing so important state licensing and requirement information is shown at the top of the page as well as the state’s Board of massage therapy. At the bottom of this page is a list of massage therapy schools in your chosen state.

Unfortunately, the list of schools does not seem to be a complete list compared with other directories. This website is very informative on state legislation, state licensing requirements for education, and massage therapy certification examination information.

Furthermore, the school directory does provide address, phone number, some contact emails, with website links provided. The list, however, does not provide a breakdown of programs for schools, tuition costs, what type of schools they are, accreditation or any type of reviews for the schools. It can be assumed because of the nature of the website that all schools provided are accredited but this is not made clear.

Mymajors.com is a full directory of all programs and schools in the United States. Although it does not provide the state licensing and requirement information that Massage Practice Exams does it is definitely more comprehensive in its information offering in our opinion.

At this site you will want to pick your program as massage therapy/therapeutic massage. Without refining your search this directory lists 763 massage therapy schools in the United States. What’s great about this site is that you can further refine your search options by location, program length, institution type, size of student population, and whether they offer online learning.

For finding a school with specific parameters in mind such as for example, a private for profit school in the state of Florida with less than a two-year program with a small student size and online learning results in 1 possible option.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards – provides a list and website links of 40 state massage therapy boards. It takes a little more time to search for a school this way but it will get you directly to your state massage therapy board and its list of approved schools.

The only problem is that there is no guarantee that the local state massage therapy board has posted a listing of all approved schools; some do and some do not. If you know which state you want to attend a massage therapy school in, it might be best to check this website and find your state massage therapy board and see if it provides a list of schools and then cross reference it against the other two sites above.

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) – although this website is limited in the number of schools that it lists, it gives full program information for every school listed. It lists full school contact information, website links, email if available, if financial aid is available, types of programs available including program length, number of hours, class time, part-time or full-time, and whether it’s available through continuing education.

If you have found a school elsewhere make sure to check this website to get great program information before you call the school.

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) – as a school accrediting organization all schools in their database have been accredited for massage therapy education.

Unfortunately, because they are only one of many accrediting organizations, the database is rather small.  However, it does provide full contact information and the type of program offered per school.

How to Read and Decipher the Best Lists?

The best way to use these lists of massage schools is to first establish in which state you want to attend a massage therapy school. Next you would choose one of the top three websites to look at a broad listing of all the schools offered in your state.

At this point from the first three websites you should have a pretty good understanding of what schools are available in your area and where they are located. You could then crosscheck the nearest ones against the AMTA and COMTA databases to see if you can get more information.

Lastly you will need to visit the narrowed down list of schools’ websites to get the rest of the information needed for making your decision.


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Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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