Massage Therapy Degrees & Courses

About Massage Therapy Careers

Massage therapy is part of the field of alternative medicine, an umbrella term for healing practices that draw on more traditional and holistic, rather than scientific or technological, approaches to medicine. Massage therapy training programs vary in content and focus, but they have in common a desire to promote the long-term healing of the entire body as a whole rather than treating symptoms individually.

As massage therapy and other forms of alternative medicine gain a reputation for positive results on everything from back pain to cancer, the field is seeing ever-growing popularity. More and more patients are now seeking out massage therapy practitioners to either supplement or replace Western medicinal methods.

Other Recognized Forms of Alternative Medicine

Here is a list of practices presently recognized as alternative medicine with definitions informed by the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

  • Acupuncture – A thousand year old healing practice that reinvigorates health through stimulation, usually applied with thin metallic needles, of specific pulse points on the body.
  • Ayurvedic Medicine – One of the oldest forms of medicine in the world, Ayurveda is similar to Naturopathy in its prescription of lifestyle changes and heavy reliance on herbs, plants, and oils to cleanse the body.
  • Homeopathy – A form of alternative therapy created in Germany that promotes healing through low dose administration of naturally occurring herbs and plants.
  • Massage Therapy – Manipulation of the muscular structure to promote healing and general well-being. This ancient practice is one of the more popular alternative methods currently practiced.
  • Naturopathy – A form of treatment that prescribes an individualized lifestyle plan for every patient, which may include everything from dietary changes to hydrotherapy and herbal supplements.
  • Yoga – A combination of physical postures and breathing exercises meant to attain a state of relaxation or meditation.

The goal of all alternative medicine disciplines is to achieve a healthy balance between mind and body. As a result, many of the above practices complement each other as forms of treatment. Some practitioners choose to focus specifically on one method, although it is possible to specialize in one or more. It may expand your client base to offer a varied skill set.

Featured Massage Therapy Degree Programs

Southeastern Institute

Prepare for a Health Care Career in as Few as 8 Months at Southeastern Institute!

You can complete Southeastern Institute’s training programs in as few as 8 months!* Receive hands-on instruction from caring instructors with practical experience in the fields in which they teach. Southeastern’s small class sizes and individualized attention can be just what you need to succeed.

Southeastern Institute offers:

  • Placement assistance for graduates
  • Small class sizes with an emphasis on individual attention
  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Day or evening classes
  • Hands-on training from industry-experienced faculty
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

To learn more, complete the request form on this page today!

Southeastern Institute is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, 2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 302, Arlington, Virginia, 22201. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Commission at (703) 247-4212.


Arizona College

Arizona College prepares students to work in the “real world” of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience. Arizona College also provides job placement services including interview techniques and preparing resumes.

Students at Arizona College can take advantage of many benefits. Arizona College students can get their resumes updated and receive job placement assistance at no charge. Whether looking for a part-time “survival” job while going through school, hoping for the right externship or looking for placement upon graduation, career development is available to help students through their search.


Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences

Welcome to the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.

The college is proud of its long-standing program in massage therapy, that leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Nursing. Three certificate programs are also offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Personal Training and Clinical Medical Assistant. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we pledge to continue to offer programs of the same quality that made our massage therapy program a landmark in healthcare education.


Cortiva Institute

Do you want a career that offers the satisfaction of helping people and a work environment that is positive and exciting? With the education you will receive at the Cortiva Institute, that career can be yours.

Massage therapy is a flexible and rewarding career in which you not only take care of others – you also take care of yourself! You can work in a resort spa, cruise ship, medical office, sports clinic, destination spa, or a day spa close to home. You can even start your own private practice!


Virginia College

Take your life in an exciting new direction with an education from Virginia College! Graduates of Virginia College can be confident in the skills and training that they’ve received because programs are designed for their success. Virginia College focuses on the needs of the job market of each industry, creating programs that meet the needs of students and future employees alike.

Virginia College provides the convenience of flexible class schedules with the benefits of small class sizes. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, helping open doors for everyone who wants to improve his or her education and opportunities!

Virginia College provides a number of choices in order to offer you the education that best fits your needs and goals, from diploma and associate degree programs to bachelor degree programs at some locations. Virginia College’s school of business management even offers graduate degrees at select campuses. Programs are also offered in a number of different fields, providing choices as varied as graphic design degrees or paralegal studies. Whether you’re interested in criminal justice schools or a cosmetology college, Virginia College has a choice that’s right for you!

Classes Start April 6, 2016!


ASA College

ASA College specializes in offering a superior value in higher education, with programs that balance traditional academic preparation with professional training and hands-on experience. 80% of Graduating Students get into the career field of their choice and many go on to advanced degrees!


Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy

The Center For Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy Offers:

  • Full-time and Part-time Classes
  • Hands-On Training in multiple modalities of bodywork
  • Experienced and Dedicated Faculty
  • Innovative and Cutting-edge Curriculum
  • Financial Aid for those who qualify
  • Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
  • LIFETIME Career Placement Services

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy is the perfect place to start training for your massage therapy career.

Request information today! Your future is in your hands!

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy has been training talented, caring and successful Massage Therapists since 1999. All programs are in compliance with current New York State Education Department requirements. The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage is proud to be named a School of Distinction by the national accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. This award recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality educational programs to the students, graduates and employers.

Through a comprehensive program of study which carefully balances the art and science of therapeutic massage the program strives to enrich the lives of its students. By empowering students with knowledge and understanding of the human body, they will be able to speak intelligently and professionally to their clients and other health care practitioners about the importance of massage therapy in preventive and palliative care.

CNW Offers Full Time and Part Time programs in the following formats:

  • 9 Month Full-Time program meets 4 days per week, beginning each February and September.
  • 12 Month Full-Time program meets 3 to 4 times per week, beginning in June.
  • Part-Time Morning program meets 5 mornings per week and one Saturday per month, beginning each February and September (14 Months).
  • Part-Time Evening program meets 3 evenings per week and one or two Saturdays per month, beginning each March and October (21 Months).

3 Cerone Commercial Drive
Albany, NY 12205


Miller-Motte Technical College

You’ve made the decision to get more education. Find the setting that’s right for you!

At Miller-Motte, we focus on offering the latest courses, and we care about the personal success of each and every one of our students. Because the marketplace demands it, we offer degrees and diplomas leading to long-term sustainable careers for our grads.

Whether preparing to enter the professional world or expanding your skills, education should be available wherever, whenever. With Miller-Motte you can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and a friendly educational environment.


Miami-Jacobs Career College

Build Your Future with Our Flexible Program Options

Are you looking for a school that can offer you flexible program options that match your schedule? At Miami-Jacobs Career College we understand that every student has a different schedule with different demands and responsibilities. To accommodate each student as much as possible, we’ve designed several different program options for you.

Whether you are looking for a Diploma, Degree or Certificate program, we have one that will fit both your interests and your schedule. We offer day and evening courses.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) placed the Surgical Technology program at Miami-Jacobs Career College in Dayton on a probationary accreditation status.


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