One of the most important decisions someone who is choosing massage as a career can make is where to attend massage school. This series of articles will focus on factors to consider when making this choice, and a comparison of the massage schools in the Seattle area.
One of the first things to consider is the number of credit hours the program you are looking into offers. Washington State only requires that students complete five hundred hours of training plus four hours of HIV/AIDS education. Is this enough? That depends on your goals as a massage therapist. If you only plan to work in Washington State for the duration of your career, you can certainly get licensed with this amount. Will you be adequately prepared to take on the role of a massage therapist in Washington? This is debatable.
While many states have kept their licensing requirements to 500 hours, quite a few have increased their requirements into the 600-750 range. New York State tops out their required hours at 1000, with 150 of those being clinic hours in order to qualify to work in their state. In order to be as mobile as possible, it is to your benefit to complete your education at a quality school that gives you the maximum number of hours as possible.
While many new massage students wish to rush through their program in order to join the workforce, this education can’t be rushed. The more credit hours you have, the more time you spend learning the material and integrating book knowledge into hands on knowledge.
How do Seattle Massage Schools stack up?
As of the publication of this article:
Cortiva: 750 hours
NW Academy of Healing Arts: 540-640 hours
Discovery Point School of Massage: 935 hours
Everest College: Varies by location
Bellevue Massage School: 541 hours
Northwest School of Massage: 600 hours