Massage Therapy Schools in Washington

By Jessica Fuller / September 19, 2017
Massage Therapy Schools in Washington

There are some great massage therapy schools in Washington if you want to obtain your license and training in the state.

Just type your ZIP code in the search box to find out if there are some schools near you or where you want to relocate to.

Read on for everything you need to know about earning your massage therapy license, the fees, reasons why Washington state is a good place to work as a therapist, and more.


Massage Therapy Schools in Washington

Below is a list of some of the top massage therapy schools in Washington. 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 Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, and more.


Potomac Massage Training Institute PMTI

Silver Spring, MD, USA

+1 202-686-7046

Website – http://www.pmti.org/


Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage

Falls Church, VA, USA

+1 703-533-3113

Website – http://nvschoolofmassage.com/


Step-By-Step Therapeutic Learning

Washington, DC, USA

+1 202-450-1066

Website – NA


Aveda Institute Washington DC

Washington, DC, USA

+1 202-824-1624

Website – https://avedainstitutessouth.edu/


Columbia College

Columbia, MO, USA

+1 573-875-8700

Website – http://www.ccis.edu/


Columbia College, Silver Spring (Columbia Institute)

Silver Spring, MD, USA

+1 301-929-0565

Website – http://ccdc.edu/


Bellevue Massage School

Bellevue, WA, USA

+1 425-641-3409

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


Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts

Seattle, WA, USA

+1 206-932-5950

Website – http://www.nw-academy.com/


Cortiva Institute – Seattle

Seattle, WA, USA

+1 206-204-3175

Website – http://www.cortiva.com/


Columbia River Institute of Massage Therapy

Wenatchee, WA, USA

+1 509-888-7272

Website – http://www.crimassage.com/


Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts

Bellingham, WA, USA

+1 360-738-7121

Website – http://www.nw-academy.com/


Cortiva Institute

Federal Way, WA, USA

+1 253-237-5300

Website – http://www.cortiva.com/


Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics

Tacoma, WA, USA

+1 253-473-1142

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


AMBI Massage School

Vienna, VA, USA

+1 571-620-6211

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


Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage

Olympia, WA, USA

+1 360-350-0015

Website – http://www.bodymechanics-school.com/


Inland Massage Institute

Spokane, WA, USA

+1 509-465-3033

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


Port Townsend School-Massage

Port Townsend, WA, USA

+1 360-379-4066

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


Bennett Career Institute

Washington, DC, USA

+1 202-526-1400

Website – http://www.bennettcareerinstitute.org/


Seattle Massage Therapy Schools

Seattle, WA, USA

+1 206-932-5169

Website – http://www.massagetherapyschoolsseattle.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 Washington

There are some education and examination requirements to earn your massage therapy license in the state of Washington.

You will need to complete a minimum of 500 hours education at an approved school. These hours will cover the following areas:

  • 265 hours – Massage therapy theory and practice
  • 130 hours – Anatomy and physiology
  • 55 hours – Clinical and business practices
  • 50 hours – Pathology

You will also need to pass one of the national massage therapy exams. Such as the MBLEx, NCETM, or the NCETMB.

The requirements do change from time-to-time, so I would always check with the Washington State Department of Health or the school you’re training with before going ahead with an exam.

Washington State Department of Health Contact Details

The licensing process is governed by the Washington State Department of Health. If you have any questions, need forms, applications, or anything else relating to your license I recommend contacting them.

Their contact details are as follows:


Washington State Department of Health

Tumwater, WA, USA

+1 360-236-4700

Website – http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/


Why Choose Washington for Massage Therapy Schooling?

Why Choose Washington for Massage Therapy Schooling

Washington state is probably best known for its beautiful scenery. You can find beaches, rainforests, farmland, desert, it has a lot to offer.

It’s a great state to work and live in. There are plenty of opportunities for massage therapists too, so this is also a smart career choice.

There are plenty of schools to choose from as you will have seen above. The curriculum isn’t difficult and any of the approved schools will be able to take you through the steps at a pace that’s convenient for you.

Whether you intend to start your own business or work as an employee. Start your training and take the first step towards your new career sooner rather than later!

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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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