Massage Therapy Schools in Iowa

By Jessica Fuller / September 3, 2017
Massage Therapy Schools in Iowa

If you’re looking to start a new career as a massage therapist there are some great massage therapy schools in Iowa to choose from.

Just type your ZIP code in the box below to find school nearest to you that are approved by the Board of Massage Therapy where you can get the education you need for your license.

Iowa isn’t that competitive when it comes to working as a massage therapist. It’s a good choice to set up business or work for a spa or somewhere similar.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about education, licensing, and practicing massage therapy in Iowa.


Massage Therapy Schools in Iowa

Below is a list of some of the top massage therapy schools in Iowa. Take a browse or for a more up-to-date list by ZIP code use the box above.

You’ll find schools in all the major cities, like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Anamosa, Iowa City, and more.


Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School

Urbandale, IA, USA

+1 515-727-5100

Website – http://www.bodywisdomschool.com/


Carlson College-Massage Therapy

Anamosa, IA, USA

+1 319-462-3402

Website – http://www.carlsoncollege.com/


East-West School of Integrative Healing Arts

Iowa City, IA, USA

+1 319-351-3262

Website – http://www.east-westmassageschool.com/


Capri College

Davenport, IA, USA

+1 563-388-6642

Website – http://www.capricollege.edu/


Shiatsu Clinic & School

Iowa City, IA, USA

+1 319-338-4300

Website – NA


Institute of Therapeutic Massage – ITMB

Burlington, IA, USA

+1 319-752-8113

Website – http://www.learntomassage.com/


Institute Of Therapeutic Massage & Wellness

Davenport, IA, USA

+1 563-445-1055

Website – http://www.learntomassage.com/


Windemere Institute of Healing Arts

Decorah, IA, USA

+1 563-382-8495

Website – http://www.windemere.org/


Total Look School of Cosmetology and Massage Therapy

Cresco, IA, USA

+1 844-370-1567

Website – http://www.totallookschool.com/


Capri College

Waterloo, IA, USA

+1 319-234-2600

Website – http://www.capricollege.edu/


Capri College

Dubuque, IA, USA

+1 563-588-2379

Website – http://www.capricollege.edu/


Capri College

Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

+1 319-364-1541

Website – http://www.capricollege.edu/


Ancient Wisdom College-Massage

Council Bluffs, IA, USA

+1 712-256-3600

Website – http://www.ancientwisdom.vpweb.com/


Therapeutic Solutions

Indianola, IA, USA

+1 515-961-0091

Website – NA


PCI Academy Iowa

Ames, IA, USA

+1 515-232-7250

Website – https://www.pci-academy.com/


La’ James International College

Iowa City, IA, USA

+1 888-880-2108

Website – http://www.ljic.edu/


Iowa School of Beauty

Marshalltown, IA, USA

+1 641-752-4223

Website – http://iowaschoolofbeauty.com/


Iowa School of Beauty

Ankeny, IA, USA

+1 515-965-3991

Website – http://iowaschoolofbeauty.com/


La’ James International College

Johnston, IA, USA

+1 888-880-2108

Website – http://www.ljic.edu/


Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare

Omaha, NE, USA

+1 402-331-3694

Website – http://www.osmhc.com/


Iowa School of Beauty

Urbandale, IA, USA

+1 515-278-9939

Website – http://iowaschoolofbeauty.com/


Advanced Massage Techniques

Belle Plaine, IA, USA

+1 319-444-2210

Website – http://www.advancedmassagetechniques.com/


Iowa School of Beauty

Sioux City, IA, USA

+1 712-274-9733

Website – http://www.iowaschoolofbeauty.com/


Iowa School of Beauty

Ottumwa, IA, USA

+1 641-684-6504

Website – http://iowaschoolofbeauty.com/


Universal College of Healing Arts

Omaha, NE, USA

+1 402-556-4456

Website – http://www.ucha.com/


Have I missed any schools? If you want me to add your school to my listing just drop me a mail here.

Schooling and Licensing Requirements in Iowa

There are some education and examination requirements to obtain a massage therapy license in the state of Iowa.

You will need to complete a 600-hour education program. Your school will be able to guide you through the content, you can expect to cover the following areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical application of bodywork and massage
  • Massage therapy fundamentals
  • Client communication
  • Kinesiology
  • Business management and ethics
  • Pathology, infection control, and injury prevention
  • Iowa law
  • Wellness and health

The coursework will take at least 200 hours of your time.

You will also need to pass the MBLEx, NCBTMB, or a similar accepted exam. You can check with The Iowa Board of Massage and Bodywork (details below) if you want to check the validity of any professional qualifications.

The Iowa Board of Massage and Bodywork Contact Details

Applications, information, and support for studying, licensing, and practicing massage therapy can be found at The Iowa Board of Massage and Bodywork.

Their contact details are as follows:


The Iowa Board of Massage and Bodywork

Des Moines, IA, USA

+1 515-281-0254

Website – https://idph.iowa.gov/


Why Choose Iowa for Massage Therapy Schooling?

I like Iowa, there is a preconceived idea that it’s a bit slow and boring living there, but that’s not the case.

Sure, there is plenty of outdoors activities, but the large cities have a lot going on. Des Moines is one of the wealthiest cities in the US and is a techy and developing landscape.

A couple of key points is that Iowa is one of the safest states to live in. Something that should always be important, and it has a low cost of living, in particular low house prices.

So, it’s a great choice for studying if you’re on a budget, and can make for an affordable place to live after and build up a business.

So, if you know that a career in massage therapy is for you check for massage therapy schools in Iowa and take the first step towards your license today.

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About the author

Jessica Fuller

I started studying and experimenting with alternative medicine, different massage techniques, and alternative therapies after graduating. I also love travelling and writing, so I found a way to combine all my loves - blogging!

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