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    Professional Massage Therapy Program – 850 Hours  –


    2018 – 19 Program Start Dates –   10/22/2018, 1/7/2019, 3/18/2019, 6/3/2019, 8/12/19, 10/21/2019


    *Start dates Occasionally  vary by a week or two in order to match up vacation days, spring break and holidays through-out the year, but start date months are NEVER cancelled.


    Cissie Pryor R.N., L.M.T., N.C.B.T.M.B • Master Instructor • Executive Director

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    Professional Massage Therapy Program 850 Hours

    The Professional  Massage Therapy Program at Tennessee School of Massage (TSOM), located in beautiful Memphis, TN consists of four nine-week semesters, covering all aspects of the theory and practice of massage therapy, totaling eight hundred and fifty hours.  Students attend classes four days a week,  with additional time scheduled for clinical.  We meet Mondays from 11am – 2pm and Tues thru Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm.  Our academic program runs over a 10 month period and most students require an additional month or two to complete clinicals, depending on their own personal schedules. The curriculum is an integration of courses from three main areas including Allied Sciences, Massage Techniques and Personal Growth. Required courses include Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Hydrotherapy Techniques, Introduction to Acupressure, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Ambient Sound, Spa therapies, Stone massage and extensive hands-on Clinical Practice.

    Tennessee School of Massage has an internship program in partnership with Living Health Day Spa.  The internship experience prepares students to go out into the real world, by providing graduates with a behind the scenes look at  how a real massage business works, as well as helping the student to begin building their own book of clients in order to begin their practice immediately upon graduating and taking their MBLEx and receiving their license from the TN Board of Massage.  The educational experience is further enhanced by health forums, visiting lecturers and practitioners, and volunteer projects in athletic events.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a diploma and may apply to the Tennessee Massage Licensing Board for their state license or the respective boards of Arkansas, Mississippi or various other states.   Students come to Tennessee School of Massage from every part of the United States to become licensed massage therapists in health spas, chiropractic offices, cruise ships, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, retirement communities, athletic clubs, beauty salons, or their own private practice.

    The program at TSOM prepares students for the MBLEx, (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam). The massage program at TSOM also satisfies the Tennessee Board of Massage requirements and enables students to apply for a Massage Therapy License in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

    Program authorized by:

    Tennessee Higher Education Commission

    Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation


    “Tennessee School of Massage is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Tennessee School of Massage, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.”