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Be informed before you make your choice of a massage therapy school...
You've finally decided that you are ready to move forward in a massage therapy career. The next step is to choose the right massage therapy school for your needs. When it comes to investing in your education and future, choosing the right school for you becomes paramount. After all, we all know people who have spent tons of money to get an education, only to find out that the college didn't exactly suit their style, or that their money was better spent elsewhere.
Choosing a massage therapy school that suits your needs will help you get started in your career as a massage therapist, and set up you for success. The experience you have at school will set the tone for years to come, so choose wisely.
Here are some questions that you may want to ask when you go in to your admissions interview. This is just a guideline, but it should give you a good idea of what you need to know to choose the best massage therapy school for your needs.
- Private massage therapy school or community college?
Private colleges are for-profit institutions. This doesn't mean they are better or worse than a publicly funded school, it's just that since they don't receive a government subsidy all of the funds required to run the school are generated by paying students. There are many great private massage schools, however, they will be more expensive because that is how they pay their bills and generate profit.
You may notice that the curriculum is more condensed, with the same amount of program hours being squeezed into a shorter time frame. One benefit is that if the school is exclusively dedicated to massage therapy, then it is completely staffed by people devoted to the profession, something you may not get if there are 10 other programs running concurrently.
A community college will receive government funding, and as a result, have lower tuition costs. The massage therapy program will typically be spread over a longer time frame, which may make it easier if you need to have a part-time job or child care to get through school. There may be fewer hurdles to securing student funding, and if you like a variety of people around you, then this may be a good fit for you. In some instances you may not be able to find a massage therapy program within a community college near you, in which case a private college should suit your needs if you do not want to move for school.
In the United States, massage therapy students also may have the option of choosing an Associate Degree, which is a 2-year degree program. more...
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So, by now you will have checked out the requirements to practice massage in both the United States or Canada. Once you know what to look for, you can click here to find a school in your area and get FREE information.
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