Massage

 

 

Tuition Options and Fees

Registration fee $500

Tuition $6300

Total cost $6800

Students who pay in full on or before the first day of class will receive a tuition discount of 25% and will pay a total of $5225.

Registration fee $500

Tuition $6300 - 25% = $4725 (save $1575)

Total cost $5225 

Students who pay in full before graduating or within 6 months of their first day of class, whichever comes first, will receive a tuition discount of 15% and will pay a total of $5855. The $500 registration fee will be due upon registration followed by 6 minimum monthly payments of $892.50 due on the 15th of each month. If you have hours approved for transfer to Fort Smith Academy of Massage, $12.60 per hour will be subtracted from the balance, and the monthly payment will be adjusted accordingly. 

Registration fee $500

Tuition $6300 - 15% = $5355 (save $945)

Total cost $5855

Students may choose to pay as low as $350 per month. The $500 registration fee will be due upon registration, followed by 18 monthly payments of $350 due on the 15th of each month.  If you have hours approved for transfer to Fort Smith Academy of Massage, $12.60 per hour will be subtracted from the balance, and the monthly payment will be adjusted accordingly. 

Registration fee $500

Tuition $6300

Total cost $6800

Included in Tuition

  • Supplies needed for massage school including massage lotion, lotion pump, sheets, massage tables, etc.

  • Two Fort Smith Academy of Massage t-shirts

  • All required textbooks

    • Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, 6th Ed. by Susan Salvo

    • Trail Guide to the Body, 6th Ed. by Andrew Biel

    • Trail Guide to the Body Student Workbook, 6th Ed. by Andrew Biel

    • The MBLEx Study Guide published by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

  • Student liability Insurance

  • CPR certification if not already certified

  • MBLEx Testing Fee of $265 to be paid directly to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards after all Fort Smith Academy of Massage exams have been passed with a score of 75% or above.

  • Fee of $216.25 to be paid directly to the Arkansas Department of Health - Massage Therapy Section to obtain a background check and massage therapy license.

Expenses Not Included in Tuition

  • Cost of obtaining a note from a medical physician stating the student is healthy enough to give and receive massage. This is required by the Arkansas Department of Health as stated in the Massage Therapy Act § 17-86-306 (d) (1) and can be turned in at registration or on the first day of class.

  • Notebooks, highlighters, pens/pencils, etc.

  • It is helpful, but not required, to have a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access online learning resources such as chapter games and quizzes.

  • Cost of attire required to meet the dress code (other than the Fort Smith Academy of Massage t-shirt); pants appropriate for massage such as yoga/athletic pants, scrub pants, jeans, or shorts that are not excessively short. Shoes should be clean and comfortable. When working in the Student Clinic, shoes should completely cover the foot, such as athletic or nursing shoes.​​

Enrollment

School Tour

 

To begin the enrollment process, contact Fort Smith Academy of Massage to schedule an appointment. At this meeting, you will tour the school and student clinic, and we will answer any questions you may have. You may register for classes at this meeting, or you may schedule registration for a later date.

 

Registration

 

During registration, all necessary forms will be completed, along with a review of our policies and procedures. The registration fee is due at this time. Please bring the following:

 

  • A government issued photo ID

  • Social security card or any document with your full social security number listed such as a tax document, birth certificate, etc. This is only required if you will be participating in our in-house payment plan.

  • Registration fee of $500 payable by cash, check, money order, or any major credit/debit card.

  • A note from a physician documenting that the student poses no health risk to give and receive massage. This is required by the Arkansas Department of Health as stated in the Massage Therapy Act § 17-86-306 (d) (1) and can be turned in on the first day of class if you do not have it at registration.

Age Requirements

Students must be at least 17 years of age on or before their first day of class at Fort Smith Academy of Massage and can apply for their Arkansas massage therapy license once they turn 18. In addition, a high-school diploma or recognized equivalent is not required to attend Fort Smith Academy of Massage but will be required to apply for an Arkansas massage therapy license. For example, a student may choose to begin massage therapy classes at Fort Smith Academy of Massage as a junior or senior in high school as long as they have reached 17 years of age, but will not be able to apply for their massage therapy license until they have turned 18 and have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent. 


Transferring Credit

Students may transfer credit from a college, university, or licensed massage school to Fort Smith Academy of Massage.

 

  • Courses will be considered transferable if they are relevant to massage therapy and must coincide with the curriculum outlined in Ark. Code Ann. § 17-86- 306(e):

    • 175 hours of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and contraindications to massage

    • 225 hours of technique

    • 25 hours of hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and heliotherapy

    • 25 hours of hygiene and infection control 

    • 25 hours of massage therapy law, business, and professional ethics 

    • 25 hours of related subjects as approved by the department

  • A grade of C or above is required for courses to be eligible for transfer.

  • An official transcript is required and must be kept on file.

  • Each semester credit hour equals 13.33 clock-hours (13 hours and 20 minutes). For example, if you have one three-hour A&P class, you can transfer 40 hours of A&P to Fort Smith Academy of Massage.

  • For each approved transfer hour, $12.60 will be subtracted from the tuition amount.

  • Independent of the number of hours available for transfer, students will be required to attend a minimum of 162.5 hours at Fort Smith Academy of Massage:

    • 6.25 hours - Hygiene and Infection Control held in Section 1 or Section 3

    • 6.25 hours - Massage Therapy Law, Business Management, and Professional Ethics held in Section 1 or Section 3

    • 150 hours  - Technique 

  • Students with transfer hours must pass all required exams at Fort Smith Academy of Massage. If unable to pass all of the exams, the student may be required to attend the classes before graduating and will be charged tuition for those hours.