Choosing the Right School at the Right Time for You
You have chosen just the right time to consider massage therapy as
a profession. Offering many rewarding and creative employment
opportunities, this dynamic field also allows practitioners to make a
healthy difference in the lives of their clients. Choosing the right
school to launch your career is about matching your deeply held
values, professional goals, and logistical needs with a school program
that fully prepares you to realize your vision.
Consider the Following
During your admissions interviews, compare how NIM and other schools address the following concerns.
Then make a thoughtful, informed choice about your education and your future.
Review the school's history and accreditation.
Is the school well established, stable and respected? Is the school
specialized in massage therapy education or does it offer many
different training programs? Will the school provide a professional
education or does it view massage therapy as a trade? Is the school
accredited by a federally-recognized accrediting body like the
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and
Read the school's mission statement and consider the
underlying philosophy about healing, relationships, education, and the
role of massage therapy.
Does the school recognize that massage therapy is both a profession
and a healing art? Do the values expressed resonate with your values?
Can you imagine yourself working with other professionals who respect
the same principles?
Examine the qualifications and experience of the
Will you be learning from individuals who are successful professionals in their respective fields? Are the teachers credentialed, licensed, and degreed as appropriate? Is the faculty passionate about teaching? About the field of massage therapy? About helping people?
Learn about the comprehensiveness of the curriculum.
Will it give you a solid foundation in massage technique, science,
professional communication skills, and business strategies? Is there a
core technique with a coordinated approach to other modalities? Does
the number of hours offered meet the requirements for the National
Certification Exam and the local licensing laws of where you intend to
practice? Are there onsite opportunities for supervised practice with
clients from the general public?
Check out the level of career resources and support available
to students and graduates.
Is there a Career Services and Placement Office? Does the school offer
extensive current job listings because employers seek out its
graduates? Is a qualified staff person available for individual career
Ask about available student services.
Does the school demonstrate a commitment to the quality of its students' overall experience? Are there books, tapes, and other resources available in a library for student use? Is tutoring available? Is there a Dean of Students who provides guidance, support, and individual help when needed? Do you sense that the school is committed to your success?
Consider the value of your tuition dollars. Are the advertised
program hours inflated with activities like practicing massage and
independent study? Does the tuition cover lifelong job placement and
access to extensive job listings for graduates? Do you have the sense
that your tuition will give you access to highly qualified faculty?
Will the program prepare you to provide both therapeutic and
relaxation massage allowing you work in a variety of settings and in
private practice? Do you have the sense that you are investing in a
high quality education and investing in a successful career?
Research the school's reputation and success of its
Are test results and placement statistics available to you? How is the school involved in the ongoing evolution of the
profession? Is the admissions process handled only by an admission's representative or do you have the opportunity
in the process to speak with teachers, students, and graduates of the program?