How many years of education to become a Massage Therapist in Washington?
The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department
of Labor and particular to the education and training required for
In 2007, 38 States and the District of Columbia had laws regulating massage therapy in some way. Most of the boards governing massage therapy in these States require practicing massage therapists to complete a formal education program and pass a national certification examination or a State exam. It is best to check information on licensing, certification, and accreditation on a State-by-State basis.
Education and training. Training standards and
requirements for massage therapists vary greatly by State and
locality. There are roughly 1,500 massage therapy postsecondary
schools, college programs, and training programs throughout the
country. Massage therapy programs generally cover subjects such as
anatomy; physiology, the study of organs and tissues; kinesiology,
the study of motion and body mechanics; business; ethics; as well
as hands-on practice of massage techniques. Training programs may
concentrate on certain modalities of massage. Several programs also
provide alumni services such as post-graduate job placement and continuing educational
services. Both full- and part-time programs are
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