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Do not be influenced about an extremely low or high tuition costs. In the career college and proprietary school programs expect that
a quality massage education will range from $6000 - $10000 with the most common being around $8000 - $8500 - if the program cost
are less than this beware—this is an indication that quality or actual contact hours or something is out of whack. Buyer beware.
Community colleges will offer the lowest tuition cost if you qualify for resident fee and can be the highest for non resident. A range
for cost per credit hour is $50-200 depending on you residency status.
Beware of hidden costs - extra fees, and prerequisite class.
WHAT THE CURRICULUM SHOULD LOOK LIKE
In general any massage education program should be offering a minimum of 500 and 600-750 is a more appropriate range for in class
contact hours. If a portion of these contact hours use online learning it should not be for the majority of the course hours and it
should be highly interactive using a distance learning platform such as blackboard, Angel, etc and have a detailed course structure with
face to face classes that support the online learning. In technical jargon this is called hybrid learning. E-learning or online learning
is not homework. It should be a rigorous very structured component of the massage program.
Be careful –do not fall for miss information about contact hours and distance learning.
Body mechanics is one area that some massage schools fail to effectively provide. I receive ongoing emails from massage practitioners
that are not able to maintain a full-time massage career because they are sore and hurting. This is the toughest area to research
unless you can get a hold of graduates from the school you are researching. You may be able to contact past graduates from the schools
you are looking into by checking out the my links websites.
It would be good if they used the textbooks Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage and Mosby’s Essential Sciences for
Therapeutic massage. The next best textbook option would be Susan Salvo’s textbook Principles and Practice of Massage therapy. There
may be a supplemental kinesiology, medical terminology and pathology texts required. It is not necessary for a lot more books than this.
Schools that use lots of different books in the curriculum can end up confusing you and conflict with each other.
—Try and avoid these types of programs and besides books are expensive and requiring lots of books adds to the cost of the school.
Programs that use self published material or only course note material should be avoided. It is difficult to know if the information in
this kind of material meets the content requirements of licensing and certification exams.
Information presented in most educational curriculum's and information required to function as a massage professional can be divided
into four areas. These categories form the basis of most licensing and certifying examinations.
The four categories are the following:
• Human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
• Clinical pathology and indications and contraindications for massage application
• Massage therapy and bodywork
• Professional standards, ethics, and business practices
HUMAN ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, AND KINESIOLOGY
The general education in human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology prepares the student to understand the benefits of massage and
lays the foundation for the following area.
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY AND INDICATIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MASSAGE APPLICATION
Human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, clinical pathology, and indications and contraindications for massage application cover half of
the content on most exams. The focus is to provide sufficient information to support safe and beneficial professional practice.
Usually these two categories are studied most effectively in an integrated format. For example, discussion of the nervous system
anatomy leads to understanding the functions of the nervous system. Subsequently, understanding how massage affects the nervous
system leads to identification of indications for massage and the nervous system, pathologic conditions of the nervous system, and
contraindications for applications of massage, including cautions for use of massage when pathologic conditions are present.
Many find the sciences a more difficult study area. The terminology can seem overwhelming—almost like learning another language. If
we can agree that the various methods and theoretical base of the many different bodywork modalities provide diversity, then the
sciences provide commonality. The human body in structure and function remains consistent; therefore it makes sense that an
understanding of the sciences is essential and relevant to massage.
Non-Western science content is focused primarily on traditional Chinese medicine but also covers other energy systems such as
shiatsu, polarity therapy, and Ayurveda.
MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK: THEORY AND APPLICATION
Competency in this area indicates that the massage professional is able to appropriately apply methods in a safe and beneficial way. A
commonality exists in most bodywork approaches. The content in this area covers methods used to obtain a database about the client
and proper methods usage.
In addition to therapeutic massage, general knowledge about complementary bodywork modalities such as hydrotherapy, Asian theory, and
applications such as acupressure, trigger points, and connective tissue massage often is measured.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES
The professional standards, ethics, and business practices area develops the professional abilities needed to conduct oneself in a
manner that reflects decision making to support ethical standards and sound business practices.
SEE THE COMPREHENSIVE CONTENT OUTLINE THAT WILL FOLLOW ON THIS WEBSITE SHORTLY
SPECIFICS FOR MICHIGAN
In Michigan the licensing bureau is preparing to license massage therapy.
For those of you reading this that are in Michigan-my home-you can following the links to the state of Michigan web site and compare
and contrast school performance based on mandatory reports all licensed proprietary schools have to complete this form every year -
Once on the home page, Click on Schools by Program and then type massage into the box.
The schools that matched the search criteria will then come up. Here's the information that comes up on my school.
Health Enrichment Center, Inc.
School Detail Location:
204 E. Nepessing
Lapeer, MI 48446-7771
204 E. Nepessing
Lapeer, MI 48446-7771
Ms. Sandra Cochran-Fritz
Phone Number: 810-667-9453
Fax Number: 810-667-4095
Web Site: http://www.healthenrichment.com
Type of School: In-State Resident
First Licensed: 9/18/1986
If you continue to scroll down, the programs offered, the number of credits or contacts hours and the cost will display.
CIP CODE PIN Name Starts Completions
12.0405 0001 Therapeutic Massage Program 33 36
12.0405 0002 Advanced Practitioner Program 11 8
12.0405 0008 Master Body Work Therapist Program 2 6
12.0405 0010 Continuing Education Workshops 56 56
2007 Program Enrollment Details
Enrollment data is collected annually and represents the number of student starts, completions and placements for each school between
July 1 and June 30 of a particular year. Starts and completions must be reported to the State, however reporting of placements is
optional. Because the length of programs may vary from a few days to two or more years, the student completions reported are not
necessarily representative of the students that started the program that year.
NOW YOU CAN LOOK AT STARTS (HOW MANY ENROLLED)
COMPLETIONS (HOW MANY GRADUATED)
AGAIN SOME WILL PUT PLACEMENT IN AND OTHERS WILL NOT.
THIS WILL GIVE YOU OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT A SCHOOL.