Massage Therapy H120405 (Full-Time)
MTWRF (8 AM- 2 PM)
Length: 9 Months (750 Clock Hours)
Schedule: Mon.-Fri.; 8 am-2 pm
(This program begins every 8 months.)
Basic Skill Levels:
TABE Test Scores: 10th Grade Reading & Language, 9th Grade Math
(In lieu of the TABE test, degreed applicants may submit proof of a U.S. college degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the Application for Admission. Please click here to view a list of approved regional accrediting agencies.)
Possess a GED or standard U.S. high school diploma from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association
Possess a college degree from an approved regionally accredited institution
Classroom observation and personal interview with the instructor (8am-2pm)
Two professional massages (one each by a licensed male and female therapist)
Our program prepares students to enter the massage field as experienced entry-level therapists. They perform medium to deep therapeutic massage techniques for general wellness, stress management, and preventive maintenance.
Training covers learning and perfecting body mechanics, body awareness, integrated massage techniques, joint range of motion, ethics, and Florida law. A major component of the massage program requires students to master anatomy, medical terminology, pathology, and physiology as well as learning bones and muscles.
Students learn to assess clients using a health history form, dialogue, visual observation, and palpation. Students also learn to demonstrate basic business and marketing skills, professionalism as well as hydrotherapy treatment. Incorportated in the program is a massage clinical in which 'clients' set up an appointment for a massage in the classroom setting.
Students should know that physical problems may hinder them from completing the program or working in the field.
Mandatory Graduation Requirements: Students must submit a completed application for either the National Certification Exam for $225 or the MBLE Exam for $195. Students will also apply for Florida State licensure at the cost of $155.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Massage Therapy Books and Supplies for August 2012 Class
Graduates are qualified to seek employment in doctors' offices, rehabilitation centers, health clubs, spas, beauty salons and massage clinics. Most Massage Therapists are considered self-employed; please note that it may take 2-3 years to grow a sustainable business.
Salaries for graduates range from $10.00 - $70.00 per massage, commission-based, and/or self-employed.
A history of drug and/or alcohol abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or become licensed in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement are subject to a Criminal Background Check and/or random drug screenings at their own expense.
Note: A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment in this field. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
If problems arise with the results of the drug screenings, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion.
Refunds for the costs of the drug screenings and Criminal Background Check are NOT granted for these circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Erwin's Massage Therapy Program?
- Quality Education at a Centrally Located Public School in Tampa, Florida
- Affordable Tuition
- Financial Aid Available (Pell Grant)
- Highly Qualified, Experienced Instructors
- High Percentage of Graduates Pass the NCBTMB Exam and/or MBLEX Exam
- Our School and The Massage Therapy Program are Fully Accrediated by the Commission of Education (COE)
- Massage Therapy Program was Established in 1996
- No High Pressure Techniques - Our Placement and Licensure Rates Speak for Themselves
- Our School is the BEST Kept Secret in Tampa, Florida. Check Us Out!
What massage techniques do students learn in this program?
Students learn to touch the body in an appropriate non-threatening manner with focus and intention. Deep Swedish and integrated-style massage istaught; foot reflexology, energetic touch, chair massage and therapeutic massage techniques are also introduced and practiced in the classroom setting.
How much hands-on work is required?
Students complete 250 hours of classroom hands-on training and 25 outside massages. Students purchase massage supplies such as oils, linens, towels, and a massage table.
What is the employment potential in the Tampa, Florida area?
There are jobs available for those who are flexible and able to work part-time hours in the evenings and on weekends. Licensed massage therapists generally work 20-30 hours per week. Career development skills are woven into class discussions.
What opportunities for advancement exist in this field?
Advancements are all self-motivated. The majority of successful therapists eventually become self-employed. Therapists take workshops to enhance their techniques and they specialize in various modalities as they develop their skills as professional therapists.
What is involved in obtaining my license?
The purpose of the Massage Therapy course is to enchance the health-care profession by providing therapists who are well trained in the art of touch. Graduates are prepared to take and pass the Florida State Licensing/National Certification Examination (NCBTMB) and/or MBLEX Exam.
Since this is a Massage job training program, it is mandatory that students take the NCBTMB Exam and/or the MBLEX Exam, apply for Florida State licensure and work as massage therapists. During the last month of the program, students submit their final career development business portfolio.
Part of this business project criteria is to complete the NCBTMB application form and to enclose a money order for $225 which will be submitted by the instructor. The application form for Florida State licensure will also be submitted by the instructor along with a money order for $155.
The examination is administered on an electronic testing system through computer terminals. There are several testing sites in the Tampa Bay area.
Confirmation, testing dates, and test site locations are sent to student applicants with instructions to call for an appointment to take the exam after their exam application is accepted and approved.
Students receive their results immediately at the testing site after taking the required examination. (Keep in mind that massage therapists cannot practice until their license is received through the mail.)
Will I be able to start my own business upon completion of this program? Are there additional expenses for the course besides tuition and books/supplies?
It is recommended that you work for an employer first unless you have money saved or financial backing. It takes about 2-3 years to build a clientele base to support a full-time business which is about 20-30 hours per week.
You must enjoy working with people and facilitating their healing process. Good communication skills and business skills are important in this field.
Students purchase their own massage supplies (oils, linens, towels, pillows, etc.), as well as, eventually purchasing their massage table.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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