Our massage therapy diploma program is designed to start you on your new career path quickly, while allowing you both time to process what you learn and time to work in your current job.
Applications are being accepted for all these programs—start yours today! We also encourage you to contact us to schedule a tour and meet current students; to schedule a massage in our student clinic to see the style students develop; and to attend an Intro to Massage workshop to meet the staff and start learning!
Our massage school teaches modalities to ground future massage therapists in both Western and Eastern approaches. Our students graduate with a balanced sense of creativity and rationality to serve each unique client for the benefit of the individual and the greater community.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be qualified to register as an LMBT. And because of our attention to career development, you’ll be positioned to start immediately on a prosperous, rewarding journey of helping people with healing touch.
Our program includes these courses, distributed progressively in a format designed to keep students engaged and to allow ample time for processing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I expect to work straight out of CMI?
A: You might choose to work for yourself, in a health care provider’s office, or at a spa, gym or walk-in massage clinic.
Q: What are other typical next steps after massage school?
A: The national certification exam and state licensing application are requirements to practice massage and to charge for it. Another important step is developing professional connections with other massage therapists, health care providers, or potential employers. Consider the areas where you might like to specialize and find the best instructors for your continuing education.
Q: Does my North Carolina license apply in other states?
A: Please confirm with the state board you’re wondering about. North Carolina has the same requirements as Virginia and South Carolina and, as we understand it, massage therapists can apply to their licensing boards. Some states require significantly higher training hours, like New York, and your work hours and CEU hours can allow you to meet their criteria without meeting it through our diploma program. Contact the state board directly; you can find contact information at https://www.amtamassage.org/regulation/stateRegulations.html. You will find a full list of state requirements at http://www.massagetherapylicense.org/.
Q: Where can I find CMI’s national certification exam pass rate?
A: Our students have a 93 percent pass rate the first time they take the national certification exam, the MBLEx—over 20 points above the national average. Our curriculum covers all topics in the MBLEx. Our intention is to prepare all students for a career in massage therapy, and this preparation includes MBLEx test prep. The information on the certification exam that is accepted and required for licensure by the state of North Carolina is here: https://www.fsmtb.org/
Q: How many hours a week should I expect to work?
A: A full load is somewhere between 12 and 20 table hours a week. Add to that time for prepping the room, returning calls and emails, sending reminders, laundry, and self-care. Add 30 minutes of prep or admin work for every appointment. A 15-session week will then look more like 22.5 hours at work.
Q: What kind of schedule will those hours follow?
A: Massage therapy allows you to set a flexible schedule. You’ll do best when you offer a consistent set of hours for your clients. CMI’s careful attention to the business of massage therapy will equip you to find the right balance between consistency and flexibility.
Q: Don’t your hands get tired giving all that massage?
A: No, your hands quickly grow strong! CMI will teach you proper body mechanics (how to use more than just your thumbs!) and self-care so that you don’t wear out or injure yourself. Your legs will show fatigue first, but good standing surfaces, ergonomics, and shoes help a lot.