Massage Licensing Program

Our massage licensing program is a comprehensive education designed to train students with a balanced approach of theory and technique.  It will prepare students to be confident and successful Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT). Starting with the September 2021 class, our new program is 660 hours and takes approximately eight months to complete.  This exceeds the State of Washington requirements for licensure.

Bellevue Massage School moved temporarily to a Hybrid learning platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic in which a portion of school was offered online.  Beginning in September 2021 we will resume fully in-person classes.  

COVID vaccination is required for all BMS staff and students - medical and religious exemptions may be accepted.


Our next scheduled class start is January 18th, 2022!  Contact Admissions for more details.

New 625 Hour State regulations and requirements began September 2021.  

Bellevue Massage School's new massage licensing program runs 20 hours per week and lasts approximately 33 weeks while offering three program starts per year: 

Winter Session

  • Starting Dates: Tuesday after MLK Jr. Day in January 
  • Graduation Dates: September

Spring Session

  • Starting Dates: Third Monday of May 
  • Graduation Dates: January 

Fall Session

  • Starting Dates: Second Monday of September 
  • Graduation Dates: May 

Exact completion dates will vary based upon observed Holidays, email for more information. 

Class Hours

At Bellevue Massage School, morning or evening sections are offered to fit most schedules

  • AM Section: Monday - Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm


  • PM Section: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Student Clinic

The Student Massage Clinic portion of the Professional Massage Licensing Program begins in the last part of the program. In the Student Massage Clinic, student practitioners are required to perform 36 massages on the public in a supervised setting. This real-world work experience is vital to refining the progressing massage therapists’ skill set. The Student Massage Clinic is integrated within the regular class schedule towards the end of the program, when the student is equipped and ready to begin clinic training.

Core Subjects

Over the 40 years that BMS has been preparing students to enter the field of massage therapy, the curriculum has been refined into a solid, comprehensive platform that effectively prepare students to become exceptional practitioners. The BMS curriculum is built around the core subjects of:

  • Massage Theory & Practice: This subject is the heart of the program. The art and science of massage therapy, in all its many facets, is thoroughly covered including: history, draping, indications and contraindications, physiological effects of the six strokes of Swedish massage, advanced treatment skills including myofascial release, deep tissue, MET, trigger point work, and much more.
  • Clinical Practices: This aspect of Massage Theory & Practice addresses human behavior, effective communication skills in relation to working with clients, ethics, proper hygiene and medical terminology.
  • Anatomy & Physiology: This subject investigates the structure and function of the body including 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: This subject 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: This subject covers body movement and how and where muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments interact to create movement at the joints.

From our Alumni

From our Alumni

The teachers at BMS are caring and knowledgeable, and the small class sizes mean a lot of 1-on-1 attention!

- Jeff, 2017 Graduate

The best school I have ever been to, and locally owned. Awesome teachers and staff, our group had a lot of fun! They helped me find me a job immediately with an awesome spa, and have answered any questions I had post graduation. If you are looking for a new career as a massage therapist I highly recommend Bellevue Massage School.

- Tyler, 2017 Graduate