​​Providing an exceptional massage therapy education for a career you will love while helping others! 
​​Applications are currently being accepted for the Full Time Program that starts February 20, 2023. Join us!
Get your education from Iowa’s only accredited school through the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Our curriculum fulfills the educational requirements to become a licensed massage therapist in the State of Iowa as well as many other states.
Accreditation does matter! Click here for more info on COMTA and why this voluntary process is important for you, the student!
 

FALL FULL TIME PROGRAM
775 HOURS (​6 MONTHS!)

​Classes generally begin in August and complete in mid February. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. There are NO required Saturday classes or seminars. During the clinical internship portion of the program, the class hours will change to reflect the students clinic shift. The students have a break over Thanksgiving and a break between Christmas and New Years.

SPRING FULL TIME PROGRAM
775 HOURS (​6 MONTHS!)

Classes generally begin in February and complete in August. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m. There are NO required Saturday classes or seminars.  During the clinical internship portion of the program, the class hours will change to reflect the students clinic shift. The students have a break at Memorial Day and at the 4th of July.

PART TIME PROGRAM

EVENING/SOME SATURDAYS PROGRAM (NO SUNDAYS)|

700 IN CLASS, SUPERVISED HOURS!  (UNDER A YEAR!)

The Evening/Some Saturdays program will complete in less than a year.​ ​

The Part Time Program begins in August! This program meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and the scheduled Saturdays, 9am to 4pm. Click HERE to download and view a calendar of the entire Fall 2022-2023 program that includes dates classes are held and the dates breaks are scheduled. Assuming weather cooperates, we will have graduation in early/mid August the following year.

 

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE TAUGHT IN EACH OF OUR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR DETAILED CURRICULUM FOR EACH PROGRAM OFFERED

  • ANATOMY&PHYSIOLOGY
  • PATHOLOGY
  • SWEDISH MASSAGE
  • SPECIFICS DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
  • STUDENT CLINIC
  • DRAPING
  • HISTORY OF MASSAGE
  • BUSINESS PRACTICES
  • BODY MECHANICS
  • SPORTS MASSAGE
  • CHAIR MASSAGE
  • CLINICAL REASONING
  • PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
  • PREGNANT/SIDE-LYING
  • RESEARCH
  • HYDROTHERAPY
  • POSTURAL ANALYSIS
  • MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE
  • HOT STONE MASSAGE
  • PIN AND STRETCH
  • INTRO TO ACUPRESSURE
  • INTRO TO EASTERN THEORY
  • AROMATHERAPY
  • HERBOLOGY
  • BENEFITS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • REFLEXOLOGY
  • INTRO TO LYMPHATIC MASSAGE
  • WELLNESS
  • HAND CARE/SANITIZATION
  • TERMS IN MASSAGE
  • TOUCH
  • BOARD PREP
  • CLINIC PREP

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Reviews From Our Students

Mallory Z
Mallory Z
2022-08-31
Carlson is the place to go if you are anywhere in driving distance! I made a commute to attend and even moved to the area to be more fully immersed. The depth of knowledge that you get in a short time is incredible! I felt more than prepared to start a career. Whatever a client throws at me, I’m equipped to handle it. Not only was the education top notch, but the whole experience was full of lovely memories and relationships. Can’t recommend Carlson enough!
Mahalia Shelangoski
Mahalia Shelangoski
2022-08-25
I graduated from this school and it truly sets you up for success. Straight out of school I had many people compliment me on my massage skills and I was prepared for my career. The teachers here are kind, warm, and super fun. I loved every minute of going to this school. I highly suggest it!
Sarah Koss
Sarah Koss
2022-07-21
I always enjoy coming to Carlson not only friendly people but amazing massages!!!
Maria Sankot
Maria Sankot
2022-07-18
I have been a returning customer for many years. Very friendly and helpful staff. Such a great way to meet a massage therapist you vibe with. Many student massage therapist to choose from and finding the one that fits your needs. Always look forward to student massage therapy sessions which fill up quickly.
Joyce Milliman
Joyce Milliman
2022-07-02
I will be using this Massage place agsin and tell my friends about it. i enjoyed one i got. Grace did a great job.
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
2022-06-21
Was a very wonderful experience! Very relaxing environment. I felt so at ease after my massage with Alyssa H. Highly recommend this place and especially her.
Sheri Crandall
Sheri Crandall
2022-06-18
Great massages by greatly trained students.
Gayle Robertson
Gayle Robertson
2022-06-16
I love getting massages at Carlson College! The massage room is divided into several stations, with minimal whispered discussion allowed, making the atmosphere extremely peaceful and relaxing.