How to Become a Massage Therapist in New York - NY

How to Become a Massage Therapist in New York

New York is one of the strictest states in the nation in terms of obtaining certification. The state requires 1,000 (compared to 500 or fewer in most states) hours of practical experience that can be obtained through an educational program accredited by the state. Typically, these programs prepare students for both state licensure and national certification.

There are a couple different routes massage therapists can take in seeking employment after earning New York massage therapy certification. First, you should choose the environment you’d like to work in. Would you prefer a clinical environment, working directly with doctors and treating patients injured at work or in accidents? Or would you prefer the serene surroundings afforded by a hotel spa in Manhattan or a lakeside resort in the Adirondacks?

If you’re interested in a more intense medical experience, many doctors are now integrating massage into traditional treatments. This means physical and occupational therapists as well as chiropractors and orthopedists may either refer their patients to massage therapists or even hire practitioners with New York massage therapy certification to round out their practice.

For a more relaxed daily routine, massage therapists are in demand in spas, on cruise ships, hotels, and resorts. Therapists with a focus on sports injuries, rehabilitation, and prevention may also seek employment with any number of professional and collegiate sports teams in New York.

Finally, many graduates of New York massage therapy certification programs may choose to work for themselves as independent contractors. As distinguishing yourself from other therapists in your area may be difficult, you may have to spend the beginning of your career exercising your business development skills—rather than your massage skills. Still, with 100% of your clients’ fees going into your pocket as an independent contractor, if you have strong marketing and communications skills, this may be the best choice for you.

Most schools provide graduates with career counseling, networking opportunities, and job boards.

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            • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2011.
            • Students may access their online library catalog for addtional electronic resources.
            • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and currently a centennial honoree.
            • 5 campuses located across New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
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            Diploma in Massage Therapy
            • Empowers students with knowledge and understanding of the human body.
            • Its graduates average a 90% passing rate on the state exam.
            • Has highly trained faculty deeply committed to honoring the diversity of each student.
            • Offers a student tutoring service where instructors are available to provide students with weekly private or group tutoring sessions. 
            • Has an on-staff placement coordinator who assists graduates in finding a job to start their massage career.
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            • Mildred Elley has been a provider of quality higher education since 1917, where it was founded in the Capital District of New York.
            • We have 3 conveniently located campus locations in Albany, NY, NYC Metro, NY and Pittsfield, MA with online options as well.
            • Our campuses feature student-run massage therapy clinics at Albany, Pittsfield and New York City Metro campuses, and a cosmetology clinic at the Pittsfield campus.
            • We offer over 20 Degree and Certificate programs with classes in the day, evening, and weekends.
            • Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
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            Massage Therapy
            • An exciting & unique massage therapy program that maximizes student potential
            • The only COMTA accredited massage school in Connecticut
            • Choose between 8 month & 16.5 month program schedules
            • The program exceeds educational requirements for the MBLEx exam
            • Career services assistance is provided to graduates throughout their careers
            • Classes start November 13!
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            Physical Therapy Aide
            • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
            • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
            • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
            • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
            • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
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