Attend Massage Therapy School with Your VA BenefitsMassage therapy is a popular career choice that focuses on treatments for specific ailments, as well as overall health and wellness. Education and training in massage therapy are typically found as a postsecondary certificate program and as an associate degree program. But does the GI Bill pay for massage therapy school?
Can I Use the GI Bill to Pay for Massage Therapy School?The short answer is yes. The GI Bill can pay for massage therapy school, including certificate or degree programs. You can find GI Bill®-approved schools with massage therapy programs below. However, you will always need to check with the school to ensure that your VA benefits actually covers your program of choice.
What Do Massage Therapists Do?Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Yet, massage therapy is much more than a Swedish or Shiatsu massage when on vacation. Massage therapists work in a wide variety of settings including:
- Physicians’ Offices
- Rehab Clinics
- Wellness Clinics
- Fitness Centers
- Client’s Homes
Education and Training for Massage TherapyMassage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program of 500 or more hours of study and experience. Programs include both classroom study and hands-on practice of massage techniques. Programs cover subjects such as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, business management, and ethics. Students may also choose to specialize in a particular area treatment. Massage Therapy can span a variety of specialties including:
- Injury Therapy
- Headache Treatment
- TMJ Treatment
- Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy (MLD)
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Prenatal Massage
Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification. Currently 45 states (and the District of Columbia) have regulations concerning massage therapy. Regulations at the local levels may also apply.
Regulations typically require graduation from an approved massage therapy program and passing an exam. The most popular exam process is the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) licensure exam, offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
Massage therapists may also need to pass a background check, have liability insurance, and be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Continuing education credits to periodically renew licensure is also common.
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National Holistic Institute | A College of Massage TherapyEMERYVILLE, CAPartner School
National Holistic Institute National Holistic Institute is a Private, For Profit university, located in Emeryville, CA. Students at National Holistic Institute can enroll in Certificates programs. National Holistic Institute Military & Veteran Support Programs...
National University of Health Sciences-SeminoleSEMINOLE, FLPartner School
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Idaho State UniversityPocatello, ID
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Northland Pioneer CollegeHolbrook, AZ
Northland Pioneer College Northland Pioneer College is a 2 Year, Public university located at 2251 E. Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, AZ. Students at Northland Pioneer College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Northland Pioneer College Military...
Pima Community CollegeTucson, AZ
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Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeChandler, AZ
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a 2 Year, Public university located at 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ. Students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Chandler-Gilbert Community College Military...
Central Arizona CollegeCoolidge, AZ
Central Arizona College Central Arizona College is a 2 Year, Public university located at 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, AZ. Students at Central Arizona College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Central Arizona College Military...
Monterey Peninsula CollegeMonterey, CA
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Trinidad State College-Valley Campus-AlamosaAlamosa, CO
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Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRome, GA
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a 2 Year, Public university located at One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA. Students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Georgia...
Illinois Valley Community CollegeOglesby, IL
Illinois Valley Community College Illinois Valley Community College is a 2 Year, Public university located at 815 N Orlando Smith Ave, Oglesby, IL. Students at Illinois Valley Community College can enroll in associate’s degree programs.
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBelleville, IL
Southwestern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College is a 2 Year, Public university located at 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL. Students at Southwestern Illinois College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Southwestern Illinois College Military &...
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar Grove, IL
Waubonsee Community College Waubonsee Community College is a 2 Year, Public university located at Rte 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL. Students at Waubonsee Community College can enroll in associate’s degree programs. Waubonsee Community...
Vincennes University-North Little RockNorth Little Rock, AR
Vincennes University Vincennes University is a 2 Year, Public university located at 1002 N First St., Vincennes, IN. Students at Vincennes University can enroll in associate’s, bachelor’s degree programs. Vincennes University Military & Veteran Support...
Ready to Become a Massage Therapist?Many massage therapists do not work a typical 9-5 job. Because therapists work by appointment in most cases, their schedules and the number of hours worked each week can vary considerably. Many massage therapists choose to work part-time, while others may choose to work a busier schedule facilitated by seasonal, vacation, and tourist demand.
Successful massage therapists benefit from the following skills and attributes:
Massage therapists need to listen and hear clients' concerns and their goals for massage therapy treatments. Kindness and empathy are also immensely helpful in establishing trust and giving clients a positive experience, both for repeat customers and in expanding the client base.
Massage therapists often have access to sensitive client details such as medical histories. Therefore, they must be trustworthy and professional to protect the privacy of their clients.
Stamina, strength, and dexterity
Massage therapists must be strong (especially in their hands and arms) when administering treatments and have the stamina for long appointment sessions and multiple appointments in a row.
Critical thinking skills
Massage therapists must evaluate each client’s goals and recommend the best treatment based on that person’s needs. Must also be able to troubleshoot issues as they arise using knowledge, training, and external resources.
Must use appointment times wisely to help accomplish the goals of each session. Must be able to use time efficiently when handling business-oriented tasks such as scheduling, payments, etc.
Ready to Earn Your Certificate or Degree in Massage Therapy?
Arizona School of Integrative Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy
Offers a Certificate Program in Massage Therapy. ASIS is a private vocational school with 4 locations in Arizona. Certificate programs run for 7 months to 1.5 years. ASIS is a GI Bill-approved school. Students should check with the school to ensure their preferred program is covered by the GI Bill. Students at ASIS can enroll in a certificate program to earn their Arizona License and prepare them to sit the MBLEx. For more info, please go here.