Our licensing program provides concentrated study and preparation to meet Washington state requirements to become a licensed massage practitioner (LMP). This 541-hour program takes seven months to complete and exceeds Washington state requirements for licensure.
Whether you are an auditory, kinesthetic or visual learner, our curriculum is delivered in a way that helps you to “own” the information and become an exceptional therapist with the confidence to succeed.
Bellevue Massage School’s licensing program lasts approximately 27 weeks and is offered three times per year:
- Winter Session – from mid-January to mid-August
- Spring Session – from mid-May to mid-December
- Fall Session – from mid-September to mid-April
At Bellevue Massage School, you may choose morning or evening class times to fit your needs:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., or
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:25 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Additionally, whether you choose the morning or evening class, both groups will combine together every other Saturday for an all day class (from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.).
The Student Massage Clinic portion of our program begins in the latter half of the session and runs for approximately eight weeks. This is where you are given the opportunity to provide massages to the public in a professional massage clinic-like atmosphere. The clinic is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for about four hours per day. It is in addition to and runs concurrently with your normal class schedule.
Our licensing program is built around a strong, extensive curriculum of core subjects, which include:
- Massage Theory & Practice – which covers the practical applications and theory of Swedish massage.
- Clinical Practices – which addresses human behavior, effective communication skills in relation to working with clients, ethics, proper hygiene and medical terminology.
- Anatomy & Physiology – which studies the systems of the body and the functions of the organs and glands, as well as the various parts of the skeletal and muscular systems.
- Pathology – which explores the signs and symptoms of common diseases and abnormalities of the various body systems, as well as the relationship of massage to various diseases—including when massage should and should not be used.
- Kinesiology – which covers body movement and how and where muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments interact to create movement at the joints.