Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Well, we have answers! Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions from prospective, current, and former students. Didn’t find the answers you were looking for here? You can always send us an inquiry through our Ask A Question form on the Contact Us page.

McKinnon does not offer job placement. We are frequently contacted by employers who prefer to hire our graduates and these openings are posted on our website.

No. It is not required to become NCBTMB certified, nor do you have to take the exam to work in California. It is a voluntary credential.

No. McKinnon BTC is approved to operate by the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education in California. All educational hours at McKinnon are accepted by the CAMTC.
Whether or not educational hours at McKinnon will be accepted by another state or educational institution is at the full discretion of that state or institution. If there is a chance you will be moving out of state, you should check with the appropriate regulatory body to see if your hours will be accepted.
Massage is regulated on a state level, there is no national licensure or certification.

McKinnon charges a $15.00 fee for official transcripts. The CAMTC requires official transcripts be sent from the institution directly to them.

Once you have met the minimum educational requirements and passed the MBLEx, you will need to complete the CAMTC application process. The application process includes requesting transcripts from all schools you have attended in order to complete your hours and getting a LiveScan background check. Please visit the CAMTC website for complete information about the application process. (

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) requires a minimum of 500 hours of education in addition to passing the MBLEx (Massage Board Licensing Exam) in order to apply for statewide Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) status. While it is still technically a voluntary credential, more and more employers are requiring CAMTC certification, as well as more and more local governments.
If you are interested in opening a massage business of your own, it is important that you check with the local government of the city you wish to work in and see what their requirements are for being a sole proprietor.

Yes! Tables can be rented on by the day, overnight, for the weekend, or on a weekly basis.
We also rent massage chairs. Check with admin for more details.

McKinnon provides tables for use in class, and equipment is available to use during Sunday practice sessions and as space is available during office hours. Many students decide to invest in their own table eventually.

There are many good professional brands such as Stronglite, Earthlite (and Living Earth Crafts, which they also own), and Oakworks. We would recommend going directly to the manufacturer for a table that will be suitable for professional practice.
It is a good idea to contact a rep from each company and ask about the models available to suit your needs, as they update and change their product lines all the time. Most tables come in 30” width. Generally, unless you have many clients that are super tall, that is sufficient. Metal frames are generally lighter than wood, though they sometimes squeak.

Yes. We are located 8 blocks from the 19th Street BART station. There are also bus stops nearby.

Parking during the week can be found in local paid parking garages or in the residential area on the East side of Broadway, otherwise it is metered. On Sundays and in the evening the street parking in front of the school is free.
The parking garage on Summit at the hospital offers a 3-day parking pass (to be used for 3 consecutive days) for $20. Simply ask the attendant for details.
If you are going to use a parking garage, always check the hours of operation.

All of our courses are available as continuing education. In order to register, you simply pay the non-refundable deposit and tuition is due on or before the first day of class. Individual tuition for courses are listed on the schedule.

No. Books are not included in tuition, and need to be purchased separately by the student. We do sell required textbooks at the school, but you don’t have to buy them from us. Many times students are able to find cheaper copies online.

No. We do offer flexible in-house, interest-free payment plans for our Programs. Contact admin for more information.

500-Hour Massage Therapist = $8,105

We offer a few different payment options, including discounts for paying in full and interest-free payment plans. Contact admin for more information.

Absolutely! All of our courses can be taken individually as continuing education. McKinnon is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Registered Nursing and all hours completed here are accepted by the CAMTC.
Some of our classes have prerequisites. These are designated with an asterisk on the schedule and prerequisites are listed in the course descriptions on our website.

Hands-on and written examinations are required in many of our courses. The amount and type of testing varies, depending on the class. Requirements for passing each class are listed in the course outlines.

McKinnon provides massage tables and oil/lotion to use in class. If you have a skin sensitivity or allergy, please notify us in advance and be prepared to bring a product that will be safe for you to use.
You will need to provide your own books, writing material and sheets. For most courses you will want a fitted, flat and pillowcase. They don’t need to be new or fancy, but they do need to be clean. You can rent sheets here at the school for $3.

Yes, you will disrobe to your comfort level when appropriate in hands-on classes and be draped accordingly. Draping for modesty and comfort will be taught in the context of these classes. In other classes you will remain clothed.

As an enrolled student you can attend our supervised Sunday night Practice Sessions for free. Practice sessions are a great way to meet other students, give and receive massage, receive constructive feedback, and get extra time with our instructors. These practice opportunities are not open to the public.
Students are also welcome to use the school to practice if space permits.

Generally speaking, you will work on your classmates and they will work on you. Some courses require outside practices and field trips to public settings. A few include on-site clinics, in which you will be working on volunteers from the public. Any class that requires working with the public requires that students have liability insurance upon enrollment. We offer a 1-year complimentary ABMP membership to all Program students, which includes liability insurance.

All coursework at McKinnon BTC is based on hours and it is required by the state that all hours are attended in order to receive credit.
Students may make-up missed time by arranging to sit in on a different iteration of their class in the future, or by attending a Sunday Night practice session that is being facilitated by an appropriate instructor. Because of certain considerations and requirements in different classes, all make-up must be arranged through admin.

Every class has a maximum absence allowance of 25%. If you miss more than 25% of any class, you will receive an incomplete. McKinnon does not issue partial credit or any refunds for incomplete classes.

We offer flexible scheduling so you can arrange a schedule that works for you.
500-hours must be completed within 24 months, some people are able to do it in a year.