Here are answers to the most common questions we receive. Please feel free to contact us directly with additional questions regarding the massage therapy program at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy.
Yes, SSMT has been committed exclusively to massage therapy education since its founding in 1978.
Yes, SSMT has been continuously accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) since 1994, and was the first dedicated massage therapy school to be so. National accreditation indicates that a school has met standards in every area of its operation, including curriculum, student services, finances, and many others.
Yes, because SSMT is nationally accredited and approved by the US Department of Education, students who qualify may receive federal grants and or loans. In addition, SSMT makes several other forms of aid available to students, including the SSMT need-based scholarship.
Yes, in 2015 SSMT became the first dedicated massage therapy school in the US to be accredited by ITEC, an international examination board that offers exams in 45 countries.
A Massage Therapy License issued by the Florida Department of Health is required to practice massage therapy for compensation in Florida. Applicants for licensure must graduate from a Board Approved School and pass a licensing exam. Most states have similar education requirements and utilize the same exam.
The state of Florida requires completion of a massage therapy program of at least 500 hours as a requirement for licensure, as evidence that a candidate has the minimum competency required to practice massage therapy without causing harm. At SSMT our goal is not minimum competency, but excellence. We aim to graduate people prepared to succeed as professionals, and have crafted a program carefully designed to provide the training necessary for success.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork requires at least 750 hours of training to confer it’s voluntary credential of Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Graduates of the 800 hour program are more than qualified for this credential as well.
SSMT graduates have an extremely high pass rate on the exam. In 2015-2016 the pass rate was 98%. From 2009-2016 the rate has averaged 97%; it has been between 93% and 100% every year.
There is currently a strong need for massage therapists both locally and nationally. Employers are concerned that there are not enough LMT’s to meet demand. The US Department of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market for massage therapists will continue to grow faster than most jobs through at least 2022. In 2015-2016 SSMT had a job placement rate of 89%.
Yes, SSMT offers ongoing placement assistance. We have relationships with many employers, who look to SSMT for their staffing needs.
What makes a great massage therapy school is the same thing that makes a great massage therapist. The secret is simple: we pay attention. Our faculty collectively has more than 400 years experience practicing massage therapy, and we have identified the skills and knowledge that distinguish the most successful bodyworkers.
We operate a single program at a single location and provide the personal attention needed to succeed. We love our work, both as bodyworkers and educators and our students tell us it shows.
A tour is the best way to get a feel for the school to decide if it's right for you. An admissions guide can show you around the facility, with its cork floors, high ceilings and skylights. We can also help you with the process of applying for federal student aid so that you'll know if you qualify for grants and/or loans, and you can arrange to sit in on a class to get a feel for what it would be like to be a student here.
The school periodically holds open houses and other discovery events which are great opportunities to hear the answers to all the questions other people have as well as visit with staff, graduates, and current students.
Walk-ins are welcome but it's helpful to call ahead to ensure that an admissions guide will be available with time to answer all of your questions.
Call 941-957-0577 to schedule a tour.
SSMT operates three massage therapy clinics. In the Swedish Massage Student Clinic you can receive a 50 minute full body massage for relaxation and wellness. In the Advanced Student Clinic you can receive a series of sessions over several weeks with the same student, with a focus on a particular physical issue. In the SSMT Professional Clinic you can receive massage from a licensed graduate or instructor. You can call 941-957-0577 to get more information or book an appointment.
SSMT transcripts are available without charge to all graduates. Click here to request a copy of your transcript.
SSMT students practice on each other in class, and on friends and family at home. The only place to receive massage by a student is in the SSMT Student Clinic.