Anyone can rub someone’s shoulders, but with a degree in massage therapy, students learn about the anatomy and physiology of the body and participate in hours of hands on training so they are equipped to properly treat their patients and clients. Massage has been shown to induce beneficial outcomes for a variety of health disorders from anxiety to migraines and even chronic pain. It is growing in popularity, and some health insurance companies even cover the service now.
There are several different education routes for massage therapy. One of the more popular routes is through a two-year or shorter vocational program at a school that offers massage therapy degrees. There are, however, bachelor’s and master’s programs available at larger universities, though they may be harder to find. Coursework can include introduction to massage, kinesiology, and classes in different massage techniques such as Shiatsu and Swedish massage.
Sullivan University offers 2 Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 11 Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage students graduated with students earning 7 Certificates, and 4 Associate's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Lexington Healing Arts Academy Lexington, KY||132|
|Medical Career & Technical College Richmond, KY||130|
|Gateway Community and Technical College Florence, KY||64 : 1||4,763|
|Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, KY||49 : 1||2,655|
|Sullivan University Louisville, KY||21 : 1||3,318|