There are a lot of questions to ask when looking into schools and seeking a quality education.

We encourage you to ask as many questions as it takes to get a feel for us, the profession of massage therapy and our school. Come for a visit. We would love to meet you and earn more about you and career goals!

Are you accredited? Yes we are! Carlson College of Massage Therapy was the first massage therapy program in the State of Iowa that is accredited by COMTA – The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. This accreditation is voluntary, and we GLADLY choose to uphold the highest standards of the profession. NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE CREATED EQUAL AND NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE ACCREDITED. Unfortunately, the State of Iowa has very little oversight of trade schools. Please note that in some states, like Arizona, you must graduate from an accredited school to be eligible for licensure.

What are the lengths of your programs? We have a great 600 hour program! The daytime/weekday program is 23 weeks (6 months!) and the evening/scheduled Saturday program is 44 weeks (under a year!).   

Is Financial Aid available? Yes – for those who qualify! Just visit the FAFSA website at Once you file, have your information sent to us and we’ll help you figure out how to pay for your education. You will also want to come in to meet with our Financial Aid Administrator to make sure you have everything you need. Our school code for the FAFSA is 037203.

What is student clinic like? Clinic is the opportunity for you learn what it really means to be a massage therapist. You will be closely supervised as you work with the public putting to use your “hands on” skills. Our student clinic simulates what it is like to be a licensed therapist demonstrating the skills you have learned in all of your coursework; hands on, business, professional ethics and more! Our clinic is truly like none other!

How long will I be in class each day? The hours of our 23 Week program are 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (no Wednesday classes!) and 8:30am to 1:30pm on Friday. There are 45 minute lunch breaks most days. During the clinical portion of the program these hours do change. 

The 44 Week program (evening/scheduled Saturdays) hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm-9:30pm and the scheduled Saturdays are from 9am-4pm.

Do you have a “typical student”? No we don’t – and we like it that way! Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and have different stories. That’s what makes us who we are – a diverse and accepting learning environment.

What do I do to become licensed after graduation? While you are a student at CCMT, we will do our best to prepare you for “what comes after…”. If your goal is to practice in the State of Iowa, or any other state that requires a state license, we will help you prepare for the State Licensing Examination. Wherever you go upon graduation, you will have to submit all necessary information to the state in which you wish to practice. We are here to assist you with that process.

How much money can I make as a Licensed Massage Therapist – where will I work? The United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook handbook estimates a job growth increase of 23% from now until 2022 in the field of massage! That is more than double the average for all jobs. CLICK HERE to read more!

One of the many great things about this profession is flexibility. Some massage therapists earn an hourly rate, while others earn a salary. Some work part time while others work full time. According to the US Dept. of Labor, the median pay for a full time massage therapist in 2023 was $55,310.

Our graduates can be found working in private practice, with chiropractors, in spas/salons, for sports teams, on cruise ships, in hospitals, for Hospice, traveling and working with world famous musicians, and more. The possibilities are endless! 


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