Massage Therapy Degree

What are my options for massage therapy degrees?

Typically when considering a career in massage therapy and exploring the educational requirements for entering this profession, there is little discussion of massage therapy degrees. Most often individuals begin the practice of massage therapy and bodywork with a certificate earned through 500 hours of training consisting of academic study of body systems, massage theory, pathology, business practices, and of course applied massage and bodywork. Certificate programs through massage therapy schools provide the foundation for a successful career performing massage therapy and bodywork, but for those who wish to pursue greater scholastic challenges and increase their knowledge base and scope of practice, more advanced massage therapy degree options are available.
A massage therapy certificate is an acceptable level of education for meeting licensure requirements in most states, and it is also agencies. For this reason more advanced massage therapy degrees are very often pursued by those practitioners who wish to explore broader concepts of physical health and well being, as well as expand their knowledge of business operations for their own independent practice.

Are there advanced massage therapy degrees?

Make no mistake; although a certificate will get you started on a fun and personally rewarding massage therapy career, more advanced massage therapy degrees have the potential to take you further. This, of course, means different things to different people. To some this may mean expanding their scope of practice to include a greater variation of modalities; both medically accepted as well as complimentary and alternative. To others this may mean more business and managerial training so as to be able to expand their business to include a greater number of employees and even multiple offices. And still others may seek out opportunities to become educators themselves; providing the next generation of massage therapists and bodywork specialists with the training and inspiration they need to establish their own practices.

Whatever your personal and professional goals may be; whether simple and sustainable, grand and entrepreneurial, or benevolent and inspired, there is a massage therapy degree that is appropriate for you.

Associate’s Degree

In just two years you could earn an Associate’s degree in a major related to massage therapy and use the additional course knowledge to apply towards a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s degrees related to health and wellness can be earned in two years following the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. These massage therapy programs are designed to accommodate the schedule of busy individuals who are already actively working. Master’s degrees for individuals practicing massage therapy will often focus on various aspects of both the business side of operating an independent practice as well as the human side of health and wellness.

Doctorate Degree

A doctorate degree represents the echelon of scholastic achievement. This highly advanced degree in a major related to human health and wellness allows for limitless opportunities to practice much more advanced levels of medicine that incorporates massage therapy and bodywork. A doctorate will also allow you to professor at a university.

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            Lincoln Tech , Brockton
            • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
            • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
            • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media; offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
            • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
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            • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
            • Tuition covers course-required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
            • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
            • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
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            • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
            • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
            • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
            • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
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            Beckfield College , Cincinnati

            • Founded in 1984 by Dr. Harry L. Beck.
            • Offers programs with various degree levels in allied health, business & technology, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and nursing.
            • Career services help students and graduates with job search assistance, resume development, interview coaching, personalized career planning, and more.
            • 2 campuses located in Tri-County Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky, with online options as well.
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2008.

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