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Does studying physiology in a community college prepare me for a Massage Therapist license?

I don't have many colleges near me that focus on massage therapy. I have found 4 schools so far and I'm not sure if studying physiology at a 4 year college will prepare me enough for the license's test. massage-therapist college therapeutic- college-advice massage

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Katrina’s Answer

So in most states (and I looked up NY to be sure), you do not need a 4-year degree to become a massage therapist. You do however have to have a certification/degree from an accredited massage therapy school. These programs can vary in length but seem to average about 2 years from what I've seen. So if you want to pursue this route, I would be looking specifically for schools that provide this certification.

I would also encourage you (if you haven't already) to speak with or shadow therapists in the field (you can e-mail or call local places and just ask). Or if you go for a massage, ask them about what it's like to go to school. I would encourage you to ask about how they get paid too, some therapists I know get an hourly rate, and others get paid commission on the service, but only a minimum wage rate if their client does not show.

If you are interested in pursuing physiology, Hassan provided a great list of other options that you could consider. Physical therapy and athletic training in particular definitely utilize a lot of massage and hands-on techniques, and they do tend to have a bit of a higher pay rate (though they need more schooling). Best of luck!
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Hassan’s Answer

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtlic.htm outlines the NY license requirements for massage therapist and http://www.nysed.gov/COMS/RP090/IRPS2C lists the approved education institutions.

I'm not sure std. physiology programs would prepare you for the Massage Therapist exam. These programs would https://nycollege.edu/school-of-massage-therapy/ and https://www.pacificcollege.edu/prospective/programs/new-york/massage/therapies/aos but they're physiology degrees.

If you're ready to study physiology at a 4 year college then maybe explore something like https://www.nyit.edu/degrees/exercise_science_bs which would open up a range of careers like
Athletic Trainer/Therapist
Ergonomist
Exercise Physiologist
Kinesiologist
Physical Education Teacher
Physical Therapist
Recreation and Sports Director

I'd expect that those would allow you earn more money that you could as a massage therapist.
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