500-Hour Therapist Program

selenashoulderIf your goal is to become a professional massage therapist, we recommend the 500-hour program. Hours from all courses and electives offered at McKinnon count toward the 500 hour total. In California, 500 hours of education from an approved school and a passing score on MBLEx (Massage Board Licensing Exam) are required for Certified Massage Therapist status. (More information about the certification process is available at camtc.org)

Program benefits include:

  • Additional support via one-on-one meetings with the school counselor
  • Guidance and personalized feedback from instructors to help you transition into the field as a
    professional.
  • Complimentary student membership in Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP) for the duration of your Program; this includes liability insurance as well as a customizable website and/or professional domain email address; access to free forms, photos, and literature for your practice, webinars on popular topics by profession leaders; informative/educational publications such as Massage & Bodywork magazine. *ABMP membership is activated upon completion of Swedish or first class in program.
  • Assistance with your resume and business card design.


Required Courses

100 hours Swedish Massage
150 hours Shiatsu & Acupressure Foundations OR Deep Tissue Foundations
125 hours 125-hour course of your choice
112 hours Electives of your choice
8 hours Getting Noticed and Getting Hired
3 hours Instructor Massage
2 hours Exit Interview with School Counselor

*Program must include Anatomy & Physiology: Human Structure and Movement (64 hours).

Program Cost: $8,105

Payment Options

Pay in Full: $7,295 (10% discount for paying in full applied)
Pay as you go: Upon enrollment in Program, receive 5% off program courses.
$250 non-refundable program deposit is due upon enrollment.
Register for each course in your program by paying non-refundable deposit.
The balance of tuition is due on or before the first day of each course.
Payment Plan: $250 non-refundable deposit + $50 non-refundable payment plan fee
19 monthly payments of $395, 1 (final) payment of $350
First payment due on first day of class.
Total due: $8,155

Please see our catalog or visit mckinnonmassage.com for additional information regarding withdrawals,
refund policies and transferring deposits. We are always happy to assist with any questions you may
have. Feel free to call (510) 465-3488, or email us at info@mckinnonbtc.com.


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