Massage Therapy Information

Information for prospective students:

  1. Program is open to adults (minimum age 18 years)
  2. Proof of a high school diploma or GED is required
  3. Successful completion of the TABE assessment is a prerequisite to registration, if applicable. 
  4. TABE score requirements are Mathematic 9.0, Reading 10.0 and Language 10.0. A criminal background check must be completed as part of registration.
  5. Medical physical examination is required as part of the registration process.

How is the Massage Therapy Program Structured?

  1. Program length is approximately 28 weeks for a total of 750 classroom hours.
  2. Daytime students attend from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Program hours are subject to change.
  3. Students must be physically able to attend class with a minimum of absences and successfully participate in the physical demands of this occupational training program.
  4. Successful student receive a Certificate of Completion.
  5. Graduates may sit for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).
  6. Graduates may apply to become Licensed Massage Therapists after passing the NCETMB examination.

How much does the Massage Therapy Training Cost?

Generally, we make every effort to keep tuition costs low so that all who want to participate in this medical program may. Tuition at private massage therapy schools can range from $4,000 to $10,000 for a basic 500 hour course. [250 hours shorter than our Department of Education certified course] Our tuition, most likely, will be well below private schools. In order be become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Florida, graduates from this program must take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The cost of this examination is $225. When a graduate successfully passes the NCETMB examination, then and only then, may he/she apply for a massage therapy license in Florida. The cost to apply and obtain a Massage Therapy License is an additional $205.00.

Therefore, to receive an initial license, additional fees are approximately $430.00. [The cost of the examination plus the cost of the initial license] This is required at the end of the massage therapy program to obtain a Florida Board of Massage Therapy License.

Is this Massage Therapy Accredited and Professionally Recognized?

Ridge Technical College is accredited by the following:

  1. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - AdvancED
  2. Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  3. State of Florida Department of Education Approved Curriculum
  4. American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools #139775
  5. Ridge Technical College Massage Therapy Program is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association.

Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase faster than average (27% over the period from 2004 to 2014 as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy (Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009).

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage has been a major part of medical practices for at least five thousand years and important in Western medical traditions for at least three thousand years of recorded history. The practice of massage therapy is actually as old as human history. When the first injured human gave in to the natural urge to touch or rub an ache or pain, therapeutic massage was invented.

All cultures both Eastern such as Chinese, Indian and Japanese and Western customs such as Roman, Greek, Arabic and Swedish have used therapeutic massage to treat disease and injury.

Today therapeutic massage is being ‘rediscovered’ as an independent treatment method for injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. It is also being recognized as an integral part of traditional western medical therapies that address a wide range of health related problems. The application of therapeutic massage techniques deals with pain management, stress reduction, immune system enhancement, and a host of other applications.

Professional Massage Therapists are increasingly recognized by traditional Western medical practitioners for their contributions in providing a holistic approach to health care in the United States.

What is it like to work as a Massage Therapist?

There are two primary paths to consider when evaluating career prospects in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork. You can work on your own, or work for someone else. And a third options is to join or create a partnership with other professionals, an option that, while it has its own hazards, has the potential of providing many of the benefits of private practice and some of the camaraderie and shared responsibility that makes working with others attractive.

Most professional massage therapists choose to work independently in private practice. This way you can set your own hours and be your own boss. For some personalities this may be a challenge. An independent massage therapy practitioner must be self motivated, highly driven, and goal oriented. All of the responsibility for marketing, identifying who your patients are and how to best attract them. The independent massage therapist is responsible for bookkeeping, ordering supplies, paying the bills and taxes and maybe even janitorial services.

If you don’t think you want to work for yourself, you can work for someone else. As massage therapy has "mainstreamed" into the American health care system, opportunities have grown. Massage therapist now work in hotels, gyms, resorts and spas and even for some companies that now offer workplace massage to employees. Massage therapists wanting a medically oriented career may choose to work for chiropractors or acupuncture physicians or in physical rehabilitation centers.

Partnering with other health care practitioners such as physical therapists, or massage therapists offers the support of like minded professionals so you don’t feel totally alone. Each partner brings unique talents and interests to the practice without having to shoulder all of the responsibilities. They all share in management, financial decisions and, yes, in the profits.

We encourage each prospective student to make an appointment for a Therapeutic Massage.  Below is what you may expect on a visit to a Massage Therapist.

The waiting room setting is tranquil with a hint of vanilla spicing the air. The lighting is soft and warm and an overstuffed easy chair is waiting for you to nestle in its pillows. Your relaxation began in the inviting waiting room and continues as you recline into the softness of the heated massage table’s surface. Within the massage treatment room conversation is hushed tones. Stress melts away and your mind becomes calm when shoulder stressor points are worked and released. Make an appointment for a therapeutic massage and you will better understand benefits of working as a professional therapeutic massage therapist.

For more information, please contact Ridge Technical College at 863.419.3060.


**Ridge Technical College Massage Graduates may contact Ms. Eileen Harriman by Email for questions and employment information.