When selecting a massage school, the aspiring massage therapist should first consider the type of massage he wishes to practice. Swedish, shiatsu, and sports are just three of the many options available. Another significant consideration is the location of the school. If one finds a school out of the state in which they want to practice, they must be sure the school meets their home state's minimum licensure requirements, as well as if they will license someone with out-of-state training.
Prospective massage students should check on a school's accreditation status. The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) is a nationally-recognized accrediting body for massage therapy programs, and accredits over 70 programs in the United States, Canada, and the West Indies. Often, a school needs to have some kind of accreditation to be approved for participation in federal financial aid programs.
Students might also look into the school's age and reputation in the massage community. They should find out how many graduates are working in the massage industry and what the staff's qualifications are. Classes should be offered in anatomy and physiology, as well as in business management and marketing. Finally, the curriculum should offer a hands-on approach with time offered in a student clinic.