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On campus 3 days per week

To help balance life and school, you’ll take most of your courses at home through virtual instruction and come to campus for labs 3 times a week.

February 7, 2022
Next Start Date

9 Months

Licensure Preparation

Career Summary

As a massage therapist, you’ll use the power of touch and your understanding of human anatomy to help relieve stress, alleviate pain, heal injury, and improve general wellness for clients. Want to learn more about this career? Check out these frequently asked questions about massage therapy careers.

2020 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*


Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $22,580 or less

2020-30 projected growth*


New Jobs

+32% Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm (visited September 8, 2021).

Program Highlights

Our massage therapy school provides you with the knowledge to successfully enter the massage therapy industry. Topics include anatomy and physiology, introduction to principles and practices of massage therapy, massage fundamentals, massage and bodywork, pathology, business, ethics, success skills, and health and wellness.

Preparation and testing are included so you can become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) through the MBLEx exam.

  • 9-month diploma program
  • 3 days per week on campus + online coursework
  • 48 credits
  • 330 lecture hours + 360 lab hours
  • 60-hour clinic

Train with modern tools and technology that mimics working in a fully operational massage clinic. Massage tables are set up to host real patients and clients from the community. You’ll practice different types of massage — including how to adjust techniques for pregnant women and athletes who've suffered minor injuries. You’ll also train with modern tools and software needed in order to successfully manage the business aspects of a massage practice.

Course software includes:

  • Millenium and Massage Prep

The thought of paying for school can feel overwhelming. Institutional grants and scholarships can be a great way to reduce your student loan debt and relieve some of the financial burden. You can see if you qualify through financial aid counseling at no additional cost including:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on scholarships and grants

The Altierus Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by ECMC Education — who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.

Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning. This is to help make going to school work with your busy schedule. Typically, you will spend 3 days on campus per week, where you can practice hands-on skills and ask your instructor questions. Complete the rest of your coursework online at home, at your own pace, and on your own time.

All-Inclusive Tuition Has You Covered

As a massage therapy student, you’ll receive the tools you need to begin working as a professional massage therapist including a sheet set, hand towels, and massage chair or table. All-inclusive tuition incudes a brand-new laptop (which is yours to keep after graduating), Altierus branded backpack and school scrubs, your books, as well as test prep and fees for your Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

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What You'll Learn

  • Business and Ethics
  • Western Theory and History
  • Pre-Natal, Post-Natal and Infant
  • Elder/Geriatric Massage
  • Eastern Theory and Practice
  • Energy and Non-Traditional Therapies
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Clinical and Sports Massage

Sample Courses

  • Health and Wellness
  • Non-Traditional Therapies
  • Swedish Massage, Pre Natal, Post Natal and Infant, & Geriatric Massage
  • Clinical Sports Massage
  • Business Ethics
  • Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release & Pin and Stretch

This module is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of the skills involved in working in spa services and in working with specific strategies to enhance good health and wellness.

This module is designed to provide you with the theory and hands-on skills involved in introducing fundamental energy-based modalities. You’ll also gain an understanding of Eastern theory and practice as used within different styles of non-traditional bodywork.

This module is designed to provide you with the theory and hands-on skills involved in practicing Swedish massage. Also covered in this module is pre-natal, post-natal, infant, and elder/geriatric massage.

This module is designed to provide you with the understanding and knowledge of clinical and sports massage techniques and the assessment skills necessary for these modalities. You’ll also learn the assessment skills, charting/documentation, clinical applications.

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of the job opportunities in the massage industry, while building core computer and business skills.

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of myofascial, deep tissue and pin and stretch techniques. These techniques will be incorporated into a Swedish massage to better address individual client needs.

Altierus Career College Students Learn Trigger Points in Massage Therapy Class

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

FL - Tampa

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Tampa Program Disclosures.

Altierus Career College Massage Therapy Program in Tampa, Florida meets the state educational requirements for licensure (by examination) in the state of Florida.

Altierus has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the remaining 49 states.

Graduates moving outside the state of Florida after graduation should research that state's requirements and consult with the state's professional licensing board.