Since 2004, the College of Massage Therapy has been a unique learning institution for Idaho. Not only do we provide quality education and graduate professionals into the field of Massage Therapy, we also integrate massage techniques into mainstream health care by providing quality instruction and education within a medical setting. Our students are prepared to approach and practice massage in an open but methodical manner.
Recent studies show that more hospitals and health care professionals are recognizing the value of massage as a complementary health care choice. More physicians are referring their patients to Massage Therapists for relief of pain from headaches, backaches, and for stress reduction. This relationship is a support system that creates an increased health benefit for the patient. There is increasing demand for Massage Therapists who can work “hand-in-hand” with the medical community.
Bingham Memorial Hospital recognizes the importance of massage in health care environment and is one of the few hospitals in the United States to offer this incredible opportunity in such an exceptional setting!
The College of Massage Therapy information packet will provide more information on the program we offer to students, such as what classes are taught with descriptions, policies and procedures and how apply and enroll in our program.
The Mission of the College of Massage Therapy is to provide quality education in the growing alternative healthcare field by offering adult learners training in the art and science of massage therapy. Graduates of our program are well trained, qualified, highly skilled practitioners, who are prepared to launch successful, fulfilling, entry-level careers as massage therapists, and thus are prepared to promote the benefits of natural health and wellness to their clients, the community and themselves.
To integrate massage into mainstream healthcare by providing quality instruction and education that will complement the medical setting. We prepare our students to approach and practice massage in an open but methodical manner. We are constantly changing, upgrading and evaluating our program to meet the needs and expectations of our students, as well as the requirements and standards of the field as determined by Idaho State Massage Therapy Board, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
The College of Massage Therapy is Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools.
There are people who are good at caring for others and who find satisfaction in helping to heal. They have a natural ability to make others feel relaxed, comfortable and welcome. If you have these types of character traits and want to help improve peoples’ quality of life, the Massage Therapy training program at the College of Massage Therapy located in Bingham Memorial Hospital, Blackfoot, Idaho, could be exactly what you need to start a fulfilling career.
Being a massage therapist requires empathy, good communication skills and a devotion to understanding your patients’ needs on an individual basis. Our program is built with an objective to give you the information and experience necessary for you to successfully:
You should know the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecast the employment prospects for massage therapists will grow over the next several years as more people learn how massage therapy can positively impact their health. It is expected that massage therapy jobs will increase by 20% from 2010 to 2020.*
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013)
When working toward your Certificate at the College of Massage Therapy, you’ll participate in a combination of classroom, laboratory and hospital internship experiences. Areas of study include anatomy, physiology, professionalism, massage modalities and techniques, and body mechanics.
During labs, you can expect to observe demonstrations of massage techniques by the instructor and then practice those techniques with your classmates. A major focus will be dedicated to massage therapy techniques such as:
Getting hands-on experience with techniques like these is what prepares you for an entry-level massage therapy career. Employment and self-employment opportunities include working in a chiropractic office, a day spa, a medical massage therapy clinic, a sports facility, a health club, or provide chair massage in a corporate setting.
The day course is a 10-month program or the night course is a 13-month evening program requiring a total of 638 hours of class instruction and clinic/internship practicum.
Cost: Tuition is $9,500 plus $125 in fees. All supplies and books are included in this price.
Steps To Apply For Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available to students-VA benefits accepted. Click here to see the steps to apply.
Withdrawal Procedures, Refunds, and Return Of Aid: Click here.
Transfer Of Credit Policy: Click here.
Completion, Graduation, Transfer, Retention, and Placement Rates:
2018-2019 Award Year
Retention – 92%
Placement – 73%
On Time Graduates – 86%
Credentialing – 91%
Disclosures and Gainful Employment Programs: Click here to learn more.
Fall Classes: Fall classes begin this September and end in July. Class days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 4pm
Spring Classes: Spring classes will begin in January 2020 and end November 2020. Class days will be Monday and Wednesday from 8am to 4pm.
Evening Classes: Evening Classes will begin in September and end the following October. Class days are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
Tuition includes all hand on instructional labs, books, manuals, set of sheets, lotion, gel, student liability insurance, 3 school shirts, State Licensing Exam cost and Exam Study App.
Courses of Instruction
As the only massage therapy school in Idaho that is located in a hospital, The College of Massage Therapy can provide experience through the hospital internship. The need for this training is on the increase as the health care professionals are recognizing the value of massage and its healing effects on patients.
Through specific study and instruction by The College of Massage Therapy and hospital staff, students are introduced to the unique environment of the hospital or health care setting. Students are trained to take into consideration the medical condition of the patient as well as how to work around medical equipment.
To schedule an appointment to meet with one of our student or professional Massage Therapists, please call 208-785-3823. We are located in Bingham Memorial Hospital. Gift certificates are available!
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – $25.00 for one-hour full body massage
Recently Graduated Massage Therapists
Available Monday-Saturday by appointment – $35.00 an hour
Professional Massage Therapists
Available Monday-Saturday by appointment – $55.00 an hour