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The Professional Massage Therapy Program at Tennessee School of Massage (TSOM), located in beautiful Memphis, TN consists of four eight-week semesters, covering all aspects of the theory and practice of massage therapy, totaling seven hundred hours.
Students attend classes four days a week, with additional time scheduled for clinical. Our day program meets Monday thru Thursday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and Saturdays for 10am - 5pm. Evenings are scheduled Monday thru Thursday from 5:30pm – 8:30pm and 10am - 5pm on Saturdays.
The academic portion runs over a 9 - 12 month period. The curriculum is an integration of courses from three primary areas including Allied Sciences, Massage Techniques and Personal Growth. Required courses include Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Hydrotherapy Techniques, Introduction to Acupressure, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Ambient Sound, Spa Therapies, and Stone Massages.
In addition to the above, 200 hours of Clinical Hands-On Intern massage and bodywork are required. The recommended Intern Schedule is Monday to Thursday from 11:30am - 4pm & Saturdays from 10pm - 5pm on the weeks between academic classes. In order to graduate in a timely manner, the recommended Intern Schedule should be followed as closely as possible.
Tennessee School of Massage has an exclusive Internship Program in partnership with Living Health Day Spa. The internship experience prepares students to go out into the real world by providing graduates with a behind the scenes look at how a real massage business works, as well as helping the student to begin building their own book of business. This process enables the student to hopefully begin their practice immediately upon graduating, passing the MBLEx and receiving their license from the TN Board of Massage.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a diploma and may apply to the Tennessee Massage Licensing Board for their state license or the respective boards of Arkansas, Mississippi or various other states. Students come to Tennessee School of Massage from every part of the United States to become licensed massage therapists in health spas, chiropractic offices, cruise ships, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, retirement communities, athletic clubs, beauty salons, or their own private practice.
The program at TSOM prepares students for the MBLEx, (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam). The massage program at TSOM also satisfies the Tennessee Board of Massage requirements and enables students to apply for a Massage Therapy License in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Although we do work with students through 0% interest payment plans, we are a private school so we do not accept Title 4 Funding, Pell Grants or Federal Educational Grants. As a private school, we have smaller classes which gives you the opportunity to take advantage of education that is tailored and focused on you solely. You'll receive more attention and one on one training.
9-12 Month Tuition Cost: $10,500.
Our payment plans are flexible, but the typical 0% interest payment plan would consist of a $1,500 down payment and a monthly payment of $750 until the program is over. If you decide to put down a higher down payment, your monthly payments would be reduced.
We're a flexible school and our goal is to help you achieve your goals. If you have any concerns or need a different payment plan option, please feel free to reach out to us.
Program authorized by:
“Tennessee School of Massage is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view DETAILED JOB PLACEMENT and COMPLETION INFORMATION on the programs offered by Tennessee School of Massage, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec and scroll down to Tennessee School of Massage”.
*Credits earned at Tennessee School of Massage may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Tennessee School of Massage. You should obtain confirmation that Tennessee School of Massage will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Tennessee School of Massage to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Tennessee School of Massage prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Tennessee School of Massage to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Tennessee School of Massage if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Tennessee School of Massage and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Tennessee School of Massage before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.