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Top Schools for Massage Therapy

Graduates of massage therapy programs might be eligible for jobs in various settings, including medical clinics, resorts, rehabilitation centers and cruise ships. U.S. News and World Report recognized massage therapist as one of the 50 Best Careers for 2011, based on factors like salary, employment outlook and job satisfaction.

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1. National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL

The National University of Health Sciences offers a massage therapy certificate program and an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. Students learn about anatomy, business and various massage techniques, including sports massage, deep tissue work, Swedish massage and trigger point therapy. Graduates of National University's massage therapy program generally score above state and national averages on the compulsory licensing exam, according to the school's website.

2. Boulder College of Massage Therapy in CO

Founded in 1975, Boulder College of Massage Therapy offers an Associate of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy, in addition to several advanced massage therapy certificate programs. Students can learn specialties such as sports and orthopedic massage, manual lymphatic drainage, shiatsu and canine massage.

3. New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, NY

The New York College of Health Professions offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy program. In addition to the main campus in Syosset, the college has satellite schools in New York City and operates a medical facility in the People's Republic of China. The New York College of Health Professions offers students and faculty the opportunity to spend two weeks at the center in Luo Yang, where they can attend presentations and immerse themselves in Chinese culture.

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona Western College Operates student clinic for stress reduction and relaxation massages Yuma, AZ
Boulder College of Massage Therapy Nationally recognized for research on tension headaches Boulder, CO
Idaho State University Offers a technical certificate program in massage therapy as well as an associate degree, the latter of which qualifies graduates for transfer to a bachelor's program in health sciences Pocatello, ID
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Massage therapy program teaches students business skills Kirkland, WA
Miami Dade College Offers a Career Technical Certificate in Massage Therapy with three tracks: transitional, accelerated and generic Miami, FL
National University of Health Sciences Offers a chiropractic assistant program, which includes massage therapy program courses Lombard, IL
New York College of Health Professions First U.S. college to offer a massage therapy degree in therapeutic bodywork Syosset, NY
Ohio College of Massotherapy Offers advanced massage therapy seminars, some of which lead to specific certifications Akron, OH
Parker University Offers bachelor's degrees in health and wellness and anatomy, along with its massage therapy program Dallas, TX
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science in Massage Therapy builds on students' associate degree studies Adrian, MI
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