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Become a licensed massage therapist in as little as 30 weeks!
Massage therapy is received regularly by millions of people around the world. Some people need it for a variety of medical reasons, and others simply because it makes them feel great. It doesn’t matter what the reasons are, massage therapy is about increasing physical comfort and easing the pain in others.
Although the art of massage has been around for thousands of years, it has recently become common to find licensed massage therapists working in the medical field alongside chiropractic physicians and receiving referrals from medical doctors. It is true that the ancient art of massage therapy has been rediscovered by our modern world!
Florida has been at the forefront of the massage revolution and thus many people throughout the country seek out Florida schools for their massage therapy training. In fact, Florida Academy has trained students from 41 states and five foreign countries.
Students who graduate from our program consistently are amazed at how much information they learn in such a short period of time, giving them the skills needed to administer a wonderful massage. Our curriculum at Florida Academy is designed to give our graduates a jump-start into their new careers without spending years in school. At Florida Academy, you will be able to launch your career as a massage therapist in less than a year.
Florida Academy graduates work everywhere, from five star resorts such as the Ritz Carlton Naples to renowned day spas such as Massage Envy. In addition, some of our graduates have opened their own spas, while others have decided to work in physician and chiropractic offices. As you can see, the opportunities are bountiful.
The job outlook is very bright for massage therapists, both in Florida and across the country. According to O*Net OnLine, the demand for massage therapists is projected to grow by 29% in Florida between 2014 and 2024! *
With more people choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, the massage therapy field has become more promising. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) states that the number of massage therapists in the United States is between 300,000 and 350,000. And it’s continually growing.
Health care providers understand the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness. In fact, massage is commonly prescribed as part of medical treatment plans. This is just one of the many reasons why demand for massage is soaring.
At Florida Academy, we prepare students to take advantage of the booming opportunities in the massage therapy field. As a massage therapist, you will be able to work at multiple settings, such as:
- Franchised clinics
- Chiropractic offices
- Fitness centers
- Sports medicine facilities
A great number of graduates also choose to be self-employed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists held over than 160,000 jobs in 2014, and about half of them were self-employed. **
600-Hour Massage Therapy Program
With our 600-hour massage therapy program, you will learn not only the fundamentals needed to start your career as a massage therapist but also practical hands-on training in a real-world setting to prepare you to administer a skilled Swedish massage.
900-Hour Innovative and Biologically Based Therapies
900-Hour, 8 months Day
With our 900-hour Innovative and Biologically Based Therapies program, you will learn the practices of the 600-hour massage therapy course, and how to use medical devices such as e-stim machines, near infrared light therapy and ultrasound, and also learn several allied modalities that you may encounter in various health care settings, such as:
- Chiropractic assisting electrical stimulation
- Medical massage
- Neuromuscular massage
- Trigger point therapies
- Nutrition and Chinese medicine
Students have the option of completing one of two massage therapy training programs, which have been approved by the Council on Occupational Education, Florida Department of Education CIE, and Florida Department of Health.
You can be licensed as a massage therapist in about 20 weeks. We offer day and evening classes, which meet Monday through Friday, as well as part-time programs. Classes begin every six weeks.
State Licensure – Florida
To practice massage therapy in the state of Florida, a practitioner must be licensed by the Florida Department of Health. In order for a candidate to sit for the Florida State Board Examination, the following requirements must be met:
- The successful completion of a minimum five-hundred (500) hour program of study at a Board-approved massage therapy school.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must submit an application to sit the Board.