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 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.

Bellevue Massage School has moved to a Hybrid learning platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A portion of school will now be offered online.


The Spring Session - May class has begun and enrollment is now closed.  Our next scheduled class start is September 13th, 2021.

Bellevue Massage School's massage licensing program runs 21 hours per week and lasts approximately 31 weeks while offering three program starts per year: 

Winter Session

  • Starting Dates: Third Monday of January 
  • Graduation Dates: End of August or Early in September

Spring Session

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

Fall Session

  • Starting Dates: Second Monday of September 
  • Graduation Dates:  Early to Middle of 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: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday;  T/W/F 8:00am-1:00pm; Thur 8:00am-2:00pm


  • PM Section: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday;  M/W/Th 5:30pm-10:30pm; Tues 4:30pm-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 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 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 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

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

- Jeff, 2017 Graduate