Massage Licensing Program

Our massage licensing program is a comprehensive preparation designed to train students with a balanced approach of theory and technique and allow them to exceed Washington state requirements to become a licensed massage therapist (LMT). Our newly revised 651-hour program takes a little over seven months to complete and was modeled after the highly successful curriculum built by leading instructors in massage therapy.




Sessions

Bellevue Massage School's licensing program lasts about 31 weeks and is offered three times per year: 

Winter Session: 

  • Starting Dates: January/February 
  • Graduation Dates: August/September

Spring Session: 

  • Starting Dates: April/May 
  • Graduation Dates:  December/January 

Fall Session: 

  • Starting Dates: September/October 
  • Graduation Dates:  April/May

Exact start dates may vary, email info@bellevuemassageschool.com for more information. 

Class Hours

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

  • AM Section: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 1pm 

    OR

  • PM Section: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 10:30pm 

Saturday Information: In addition to the weekday schedule, both sections join together every Saturday for a 9am - 3pm class. 

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 32 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 M/W/F/Sat schedule at 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