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MEDICAL PROGRAMSMassage Therapy

Carrington’s Massage Therapy program prepares graduates for entry-level employment as massage therapists and/or to enter private practice.

Real World Skills
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
Start Your Path
You can get a Certificate of Achievement in as few as 9 months.
Flexible Learning Options
Conveniently available at six of our campuses.
Affordable Tuition
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What it’s Like to Train to Become a Massage Therapist at Carrington College

Discover What it’s Like to Train to Become a Massage Therapist at Carrington College

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Everyone at Carrington will surround you with compassion; they help you no matter your background, your history, your age, your doubts, or your challenges. They want you to succeed.
Karen B.2021 Graduate Massage Therapy

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Find your path as a Massage Therapist

Talk to an enrollment services representative about your options and earn your certificate in as few as 9 months!

What Will I Learn?

Hands-On Massage Therapy Practice
Variety of Massage Techniques
Anatomy and Physiology
Massage Therapy Principles and Techniques

Career Opportunities

Massage therapists use physical touch to manipulate muscles and soft tissues in a process called massage. Common job duties of massage therapists include:1

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved circulation and overall health and well-being

With the client’s goals and physical condition in mind, the massage therapist will massage the body to improve relaxation and relieve and prevent long-term pain. Massage therapists typically use their hands, while some may also use body parts such as elbows and feet to deliver massage. Massage therapists communicate with clients during the massage to ensure the session is pain-free.1

Program Details

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog.

Program Availability

Carrington College is proud to offer hands-on massage therapy training at six locations nationwide. To learn more about our campuses, visit their pages.

Accreditation & Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation-and-approvals.

Continuing Education For Graduates

For students wanting to further their education after their Massage Therapy certificate, Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 7 months.

Check out our guide on becoming a Massage Therapist

Massage therapists help soothe physical aches and pains, improve circulation, and bring relaxation to their clients.1 If you want to work in a career where you help people, and if you’re interested in anatomy, a career as a licensed massage therapist may be right for you.

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Massage Therapy FAQ

How Long Does it Take to Become a Massage Therapist?

Typically, you’ll need to complete at least 500 hours of study (or 1,000+ hours, in some cases) at a massage therapy school.2 Your state may require licensing, certification or additional education.

Where Do Massage Therapists Work?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest employers of massage therapists in 2020 was:3

  • Self-employed workers
  • Personal care services
  • Offices of all other health practitioners
  • Offices of chiropractors
  • Accommodation

How Long Does it Take to Become a Massage Therapist?

Typically, you’ll need to complete at least 500 hours of study (or 1,000+ hours, in some cases) at a massage therapy school.2 Your state may require licensing, certification or additional education.

Where Do Massage Therapists Work?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest employers of massage therapists in 2020 was:3

  • Self-employed workers
  • Personal care services
  • Offices of all other health practitioners
  • Offices of chiropractors
  • Accommodation