Licensure-Ready Massage Therapy Program

Your Path to Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist

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Gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a licensed massage therapist. Our curriculum blends Eastern and Western modalities, offering a holistic approach to massage therapy. Explore the therapeutic benefits and diverse career paths in this dynamic field, from spas and wellness centers to sports medicine and stress management programs.

Holistic Training for Real-World Impact

Core Components of Our Massage Therapy Program

Our 72-credit Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program provides a well-rounded education in massage therapy. You’ll delve into European Swedish massage, Asian Bodywork, and various therapeutic modalities. The program, designed to be completed in 6 trimesters, offers flexibility for part-time students. Graduates are eligible for the New York State licensing exam and the Massage Board Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Plus, selected credits can be transferred to our BPS/MS Degree Program.


Career Opportunities and Beyond

Upon successful completion, you’ll be equipped to demonstrate Eastern, Western, and Therapeutic Medical Massage modalities. Our curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication, and ethical practice. The program opens doors to diverse career paths, from working in spas and health clubs to holistic clinics and prestigious hospitals. Join us to explore the fulfilling possibilities of a holistic healthcare career in massage therapy.


New York State Massage Regulations

Our Massage Therapy Program goes beyond standard requirements, ensuring our graduates are fully prepared for both the New York State licensing exam and the national certification exam. Successful completion of our program qualifies graduates to sit for the licensing examination in massage therapy, meeting all state requirements.

To obtain a Massage Therapy license in New York, applicants must:

  • Complete and submit an application to the New York State Education Department.
  • Be a high school graduate, hold the legal equivalent (GED), or have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at an accredited college or university.
  • Graduate from a New York State registered Massage Therapy program or possess equivalent education.
  • Pass a written examination approved by the Board.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • Demonstrate good moral character.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold current Red Cross or American Heart Association Certification in CPR and First Aid.

Initial fees include $108 to the New York State Education Department and $250 to the testing agency. A triennial registration fee of $50 is required thereafter. The New York State licensing examination is conducted biannually in January and August.


The program is designed to be completed in 6 trimesters (2 academic years), but it can also be extended for part-time students.


Yes, we are committed to supporting students in their journey. Financial aid, scholarships, and installment plans are available for qualified students. For detailed information, please contact admissions.

Our program’s requirements go beyond certification standards. Graduates are well-prepared for both the New York State licensing exam and the national certification exam.

Tuition is charged per credit for each course taken at New York College of Health Professions.

Undergraduate level courses cost $450 per credit. Graduate level courses cost $545 per credit.

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