1.Tuition: How much will it cost me?
The national average tuition is about $15,000 but with individual schools ranging from $6,000 to $7,000 on the low end, to more than $25,000 dollars on the high end, it may prove to be financially prudent to do a little shopping around. There are other costs to consider when thinking about attending massage school. Books, sheets, housing, etc. are in most cases an added expense. Remember, make sure to inquire when speaking to program administrators about any additional expenses required.
2. Speak to former students: Did former students enjoy the school and feel prepared to work in the field?
Most schools can provide contact information of former students as references for the program. It's a great idea to get different opinions on each program through the people that actually experienced it firsthand.
3. Duration of the program: How long will it take me to become a massage therapist?
As with tuition, the length of each program varies. Some full-time programs are only five months long. Other schools may take up to 18 months, in a part-time setting.
In order to sit for the National Certification Examination, you need a minimum of 500 hours of formal training. However, each state has its own laws and guidelines, so be aware of the region you want to work in and find a massage school that meets that state's licensure requirements. (Visit www.massagemag.com and click on "Laws and Legislation" for your state's current licensing requirements.)
4. Modalities: What techniques does the school teach?
To get the most out of your massage-school experience, you should review the curriculum of each program closely and make sure the techniques being offered are in line with your carrer goals. Each school sets its own syllabus according to its beliefs and values. So check in to the philosophy of the program. Who are my teachers? What books will I use? Answers to these types of questions will help determine if the school is a good match for you.
5. Licensure exams: Are the tests hard?
These exams are designed to evaluate the competency of entry-level massage therapists and many states use them as requirements for licensure. If your school did it right, the test should be passable. Remember, it is the job of the school to prepare you for licensure.
6. Anatomy and physiology: Will I be able to learn the anatomy and physiology?
If the information is presented in a fun and exciting way, anyone can learn anything. What could be more exciting then learning about this home I call my body! Remember, the anatomy and physiology is the easy part!