The programs at the Cortiva Institute are based upon an uncompromising commitment to exceptional education and are the product of input from industry experts all across the country.

Please click on a campus below for the program(s) offered at that campus:

Expand AZ - Scottsdale

Programs - Scottsdale

Our curriculum is grounded in the belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate professionals. As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community externships. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Professional Massage Therapy Program

750 clock hours

Cortiva Institute's Professional Massage Therapy Program is a comprehensive course of instruction in massage therapy that bridges intellectual discipline with technical expertise. Grounded in the value of client centered care, courses in massage theory and practice, communication and ethics in therapeutic relationships, as well as real life clinical experience are supported and complimented by studies in the structure, function and disease of the human body. Engaged and competent faculty supported by relevant text books and classroom technology blend scientific foundations and hands-on instruction to create an experiential learning environment that builds clinical reasoning skills. Added instruction in the elements of designing a career path ensures that the graduating student will be a competent massage therapist, prepared to take the National Certification Exam.

The Professional Massage Therapy program is comprised of 750 clock hours and the program can be completed in 7 1/2 months (3 quarters) or 12 months (4 quarters).

Graduates of the Cortiva Institute massage programs should be prepared to:
  • Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitude for a successful career in massage therapy.
  • Apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skill to design and implement competent therapeutic and wellness massage treatment plans for a wide variety of clients.
  • Exhibit personal and professional ethics and conduct essential to the practice of massage and bodywork.
  • Practice as professional massage therapists in their own business or as employees.
  • Assume the role of a health care professional in serving the community and promoting the massage profession.

At the completion of the program, the graduate should be prepared to work as a massage therapist in a variety of environments such as clinics, spas, hospitals, or in their own private practice. At the successful completion of the program, the student will receive a Diploma.

If you think you might be interested in massage therapy as a career, we invite you to attend one of our Upcoming Events.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
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Programs - Tucson

At Cortiva, our curriculum is designed for serious students who are willing to challenge themselves in the pursuit of a massage career that is both personally and professionally rewarding. We offer two diploma programs: the 750-hour Professional Massage Therapy Program, and the 1000-hour Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program. Our programs are well-balanced, integrating theory, technique, anatomy and physiology, practical experience, and personal and professional development.

Classes begin five times per year with day and evening/weekend schedules available. The 750-hour program is offered as a 7 ½-month full-time program or as a 12-month part-time program. Towards the end of the program completion students are given the option to continue their training with one additional 10-week term of advanced studies, and complete the 1000-hour Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program. Completion of the Professional Massage Therapy Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program. The length of the Extended Program comprises the length of the Professional Massage Therapy Program plus one full-time 10-week term.

The Tucson campus has provided massage therapy training as its educational focus continuously since 1982. Our programs are constantly updated to employ new modalities, techniques of training and learning materials.

Our programs are comprehensive and grounded in the value of client-centered care. You will learn massage theory and practice; business; communication and ethics in therapeutic relationships; and gain valuable hands-on experience. Our faculty members are engaged and passionate in your studies – and they are also practitioners so they bring relevant and current expertise and knowledge to the classrooms. And perhaps most exciting of all, you will have the opportunity to bring together the skills you learn in your science, business and hands-on courses, and apply them in the Massage Therapy Center, an instructor-led massage therapy clinic.

Graduating students will be competent massage therapists, and prepared to take the National Certification Exam.

Program Overview
  • Massage Therapy Theory and Practice
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology
  • Business Practices for Massage Therapists
  • Professional Ethics and Communication
  • Research and Clinical Reasoning
  • Massage Clinic

Please contact an Admissions Representative to discuss class schedules: (520) 623-2160.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Tampa/St. Pete

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of anatomy and physiology, hands-on classroom instruction and clinic work. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing continuing education opportunities such as lectures and seminars.

Therapeutic Applications of Massage Program

Our 750-hour Professional Massage Therapy Program incorporates a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. You'll be challenged and inspired to create your own unique career path, whether that means working in a hospital, clinic, spa, health club or your own private practice.

We are excited to be able to offer our program because it presents so many opportunities to those who want to enter the profession and feel confident about their education. Our curriculum is well-rounded and balanced providing students with opportunities to learn the art and science of massage, client-centered approaches to massage care as well as self-care for therapists, and didactic, lecture based courses along with experiential, hands-on classes. Students who successfully complete this program become certified in Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Therapy. Graduates find that they are comfortable in job settings that emphasize wellness and stress-reduction, as well as settings which focus on sports or medical rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries or dysfunctions.

Both day and evening classes are available.

Single Focus Training

We are proud that our school has a 29 year history of focusing solely on educating licensed and aspiring massage therapy professionals. As part of the Tampa Bay Area community, we are proud that the local employers know the skill level of our graduates and our commitment to excellence in massage therapy training. Our faculty members consistently receive outstanding evaluations from their students, and happily serve as professional mentors to all students as the students progress through the program toward a new career.

Please contact an Admissions Representative to discuss class schedules: (520) 623-2160.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Chicago

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community outreach. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Our Professional Massage Therapy Program is a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. You'll be challenged and inspired to create your own unique career path, whether that means working in a hospital, clinic, spa, health club or your own private practice. Training covers three main areas of study:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Coursework in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology provides a solid foundation in understanding the structure, function and health of the human body. You'll learn proper medical terminology that is actively reinforced in classroom experiences.
  • Massage Therapy and Practice Master fundamental techniques in a classroom setting and practice them in a supervised and supportive environment. We also provide training in body mechanics and self-care so that you can enjoy a long and healthy career. In addition to your Theory and Practice courses, hands-on training in the Student Clinic and in our Community Outreach program will further prepare you to interact with clients.
  • Professional Development This coursework rounds out your educational experience with the business basics necessary to succeed as a professional. With the help of your Instructors, you'll define your goals and target markets for a successful practice. Of course, it goes beyond just lectures and discussions. With exercises in goal setting, writing a resume, creating a business plan, marketing, advertising, and self-management you'll walk away with the basic tools to establish your own practice or apply for jobs upon graduation.

If you are interested in receiving more details about our program or specific courses, please contact us to request more information.

Time Frame: 10 months or 12 months

In order to accommodate our students' various schedules we offer both 10-month or 12-month diploma programs. You can also choose from day and evening classes.

Hours: 750 hours / 58 Quarter Credit Hours

The program requires that you complete a certain number of classroom and clinical experience hours.

Typical Classes:
  • Contemporary Western Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Foundations
  • Professional Practices
  • Student Clinic
  • Therapeutic Movement, Stretching & Exercise
  • Thermal Therapies and Sports Massage
  • Kinesiology and Musculo-Skeletal Pathology
  • Career Development
  • Complementary Therapies

Click below for Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Chicago Loop and Crystal Lake Campuses:
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Crystal Lake

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community outreach. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Our Professional Massage Therapy Program is a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. You'll be challenged and inspired to create your own unique career path, whether that means working in a hospital, clinic, spa, health club or your own private practice. Training covers three main areas of study:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Coursework in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology provides a solid foundation in understanding the structure, function and health of the human body. You'll learn proper medical terminology that is actively reinforced in classroom experiences.
  • Massage Therapy and Practice Master fundamental techniques in a classroom setting and practice them in a supervised and supportive environment. We also provide training in body mechanics and self-care so that you can enjoy a long and healthy career. In addition to your Theory and Practice courses, hands-on training in the Student Clinic and in our Community Outreach program will further prepare you to interact with clients.
  • Professional Development This coursework rounds out your educational experience with the business basics necessary to succeed as a professional. With the help of your Instructors, you'll define your goals and target markets for a successful practice. Of course, it goes beyond just lectures and discussions. With exercises in goal setting, writing a resume, creating a business plan, marketing, advertising, and self-management you'll walk away with the basic tools to establish your own practice or apply for jobs upon graduation.

If you are interested in receiving more details about our program or specific courses, please contact us to request more information.

Time Frame: 10 months or 12 months

In order to accommodate our students' various schedules we offer both 10-month or 12-month diploma programs. You can also choose from day and evening classes.

Hours: 750 hours / 58 Quarter Credit Hours

The program requires that you complete a certain number of classroom and clinical experience hours.

Typical Classes:
  • Contemporary Western Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Foundations
  • Professional Practices
  • Student Clinic
  • Therapeutic Movement, Stretching & Exercise
  • Thermal Therapies and Sports Massage
  • Kinesiology and Musculo-Skeletal Pathology
  • Career Development
  • Complementary Therapies

Click below for Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Chicago Loop and Crystal Lake Campuses:
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

Expand IL - Woodridge

Programs - Woodridge

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community outreach. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Our Professional Massage Therapy Program is a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. You'll be challenged and inspired to create your own unique career path, whether that means working in a hospital, clinic, spa, health club or your own private practice. Training covers three main areas of study:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Coursework in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology provides a solid foundation in understanding the structure, function and health of the human body. You'll learn proper medical terminology that is actively reinforced in classroom experiences.
  • Massage Therapy and Practice Master fundamental techniques in a classroom setting and practice them in a supervised and supportive environment. We also provide training in body mechanics and self-care so that you can enjoy a long and healthy career. In addition to your Theory and Practice courses, hands-on training in the Student Clinic and in our Community Outreach program will further prepare you to interact with clients.
  • Professional Development This coursework rounds out your educational experience with the business basics necessary to succeed as a professional. With the help of your Instructors, you'll define your goals and target markets for a successful practice. Of course, it goes beyond just lectures and discussions. With exercises in goal setting, writing a resume, creating a business plan, marketing, advertising, and self-management you'll walk away with the basic tools to establish your own practice or apply for jobs upon graduation.

If you are interested in receiving more details about our program or specific courses, please contact us to request more information.

Time Frame: 10 months or 12 months

In order to accommodate our students' various schedules we offer both 10-month or 12-month diploma programs. You can also choose from day and evening classes.

Hours: 750 hours / 58 Quarter Credit Hours

The program requires that you complete a certain number of classroom and clinical experience hours.

Typical Classes:
  • Contemporary Western Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Foundations
  • Professional Practices
  • Student Clinic
  • Therapeutic Movement, Stretching &
  • Thermal Therapies and Sports Massage
  • Kinesiology and Musculo-Skeletal Pathology
  • Career Development
  • Complementary Therapies

Click below for Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Woodridge Campus:
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Boston

Cortiva graduates enter the profession of massage therapy with competence, confidence, and connections to their colleagues. The comprehensive curriculum, inspired by tradition and guided by current research and practice, creates an exceptional foundation for a successful, long-term career as a massage therapist. Because we know what it takes to succeed, we've designed an in-depth curriculum that integrates technique, theory, hands-on practice, science, business, and communication education.

In addition to enthusiastic teachers and a committed staff of professionals, Cortiva's program structure offers students an enriched collaborative experience. Students begin the program as a group and attend massage courses together throughout the program. Deep friendships and professional connections develop, creating a community of colleagues to draw on for inspiration and support.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

A solid foundation in the sciences is essential to safe and effective practice with clients. Coursework in musculoskeletal Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology provides a solid foundation in understanding the structure, function and health of the human body. You'll learn core principles for safe and effective decision making for clients with medical conditions.

Massage Therapy Theory and Technique

Through hands-on work, you'll learn a repertoire of technique movements and various elements including rhythms, speeds, pressures, transition and treatment construction. You'll learn the skills necessary to create a massage therapy treatment for a specific person including tension assessment, treatment planning, element variation and integration. As you progress into advanced technique, you will also learn to include your own style and intuition. Incorporated throughout is an emphasis on practicing effective and safe movement habits.

Professional Development and Communication

This coursework rounds out your comprehensive educational experience with business and communication skills necessary to succeed as a professional massage therapist. With faculty guidance, you'll define your goals and target markets for a successful practice. Of course, it goes beyond just lectures and discussions. With exercises in goal setting, writing a resume, creating a business plan, marketing, advertising, and self-management you'll walk away with the basic tools to establish your own practice or apply for jobs upon graduation. And by learning the essential communications skills at the heart of a successful therapeutic relationship, you will be prepared to create positive and satisfying professional connections with your clients.

If you are interested in receiving more details about our program or specific courses, please contact us to request more information.

Time Frame:
7½ months or 12 months depending on selected format.

Hours:
750 Hours

The program requires that you complete a certain number of classroom and clinical experience hours.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

Expand NJ - Hoboken

Programs - Hoboken

The two Diplomas in Massage Therapy available at Cortiva –Hoboken are unique and progressive. Our programs are designed from rich history and collective experience of a national network of professionals advancing the profession of massage.

Professional Massage Therapy Program – 600 hours

This program provides a well rounded educational experience in the art and science of massage therapy. Client centered care is at the heart of the curriculum, which provides a foundation of basic and advanced approaches, including:

  • Swedish
  • Sports
  • Neuro-muscular
  • Myofascial
  • Deep Tissue
  • Chair Massage
  • Trigger Point
  • Hydrotherapy

The therapeutic massage techniques taught, from the fundamental to advanced, include; Effleurage, Pettrissage, Friction, Vibration, Tapotement, Passive range of motion, and transitioning to create a relaxing wellness massage. Advanced Clinical and Myofascial techniques are also taught and come together in a Clinical Integration course where students practice their skills in the supervised and supported Massage Therapy Center.

This program is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification or licensing in the many states that require National testing and/or 500 to 600 hours of education. Nearby states with current or expected requirements at this level are New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program – 1080 hours

This program gives students the opportunity to broaden their experience beyond the 600 hours in the Professional Massage Therapy Diploma program. The additional coursework in this program builds upon and introduces advanced classes and topics including;

  • The Eastern Approach, a contextualized East Asian perspective introducing the philosophical and experiential groundwork in Asian healing modalities in general, and Zen Shiatsu in particular.
  • Neurology, a course focused on the spinal cord, nerves and their communication with the brain.
  • Myology and Kinesiology, advanced coursework in joint, muscle, tendon and ligament pathologies.
  • Orthopedic Massage Techniques introduces advanced techniques for orthopedic conditions and how to adjust treatments as a clinical therapist.
  • Advanced Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology; additional courses to help students relate the body’s structure, systems, and functions to practice of massage. Including a course that introduces nutritional concepts, obesity prevention, and basic physiology of exercise.
  • In addition to the courses listed here, there will be additional course time including; Massage Therapy Center, infection control procedures, stone massage, and further work in osteo and neuromuscular pathologies.

This program is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification or licensing in New York, which requires 1000 hours of education. Additionally, this program will prepare the therapist with advanced skills and training giving them a distinguishing advantage as they enter the professional world of massage.

The 600-hour Professional Massage Therapy Program is offered in the following formats:

  • 5-month full-time program of two quarter terms - day classes
  • 10-month part-time program of four quarter terms - evening classes

All 600 hour program students are given the option to add on the additional terms of advanced studies in order to meet educational requirements for the New York State massage therapy board.


The 1080 – hour Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program is offered in the following formats:

  • 10-month, 4-quarter format full-time - day classes
  • 17-month, 7-quarter format part-time – evening classes

Both programs begin five times per year. Contact the admissions office for the upcoming session dates.

Our faculty is highly qualified and is engaged and passionate about creating an integrative learning environment.

Graduating students will be prepared to demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitude for a successful career in massage, and be prepared to take the National Certification Exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination.

We train our students assume the role of a health care professional in serving the community and promoting the massage profession. In doing so, successful massage therapists enjoy careers with personal fulfillment and professional flexibility working in a wide range of health care and wellness environments.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 22-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Wall

At Cortiva, we have a core commitment to scientific grounding, extensive hands on application, and deep respect for the body's healing process. This integrated foundation inspires confidence and empowers massage therapists who are passionate about their work. As a student, you'll be supported in the classroom and massage clinic at every step. As a graduate, you'll find meaningful opportunities to learn and create professional connections through our dynamic continuing education offerings.

Thoroughly prepared and confident in your massage education, as a graduate of Cortiva, you will be ready to create the career you can imagine. The Professional Massage Therapy Program is accredited by COMTA.

Professional Massage Therapy Program

This 650-hour professional massage therapy program consists of Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathology. Graduates of this program qualify for professional membership in the American Massage Therapy Association.

Available scheduling options:

Option I: 6½-month daytime schedule

Option II: 10-month evening schedule

If you are interested in receiving more information about our programs or specific courses, please contact us for a complete catalogue.


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 27-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - King of Prussia

At Cortiva, we have a core commitment to scientific grounding, extensive hands on application, and deep respect for the body's healing process. This integrated foundation inspires confidence and empowers massage therapists who are passionate about their work. As a student, you'll be supported in the classroom and Massage Therapy Center at every step. As a graduate, you'll find meaningful opportunities to learn and create professional connections through our dynamic continuing education offerings.

Thoroughly prepared and confident in your massage education, as a graduate of Cortiva, you will be ready to create the career you can imagine. The Professional Massage Therapy Program is accredited by COMTA

Professional Massage Therapy Program

This 650-hour professional massage therapy program consists of Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathology. Graduates of this program qualify for professional membership in the American Massage Therapy Association.

Available scheduling options:

Option I: 6 1/2-month daytime schedule

Option II: 10-month evening schedule

If you are interested in receiving more information about our programs or specific courses, please contact us for a complete catalogue


Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 27-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 42-week Professional Massage Therapy Program

Expand WA - Seattle

Programs - Seattle

A Cortiva massage education is designed to prepare students to begin and sustain successful and personally rewarding careers in Massage Therapy. For this reason, our programs significantly exceed the education requirements for the Washington State licensing and national certification. We offer full time day and part time evening programs.

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. Our programs provide high-quality integrated learning opportunities. Each course contains essential information, skills and applications for becoming quality touch therapists in the field of massage, bodywork and somatics. The programs are grounded in the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit, teaching client-centered massage and bodywork.

As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community outreach. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Cortiva Institute - Seattle offers the following massage therapy programs: the Professional Massage Therapy Program & the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program

Professional Massage Therapy Program, (750 clock hours)

Cortiva Institute's Professional Massage Therapy Program is a comprehensive course of instruction that bridges intellectual discipline with technical expertise. Grounded in the value of client-centered care, courses in massage theory and practice, communication and ethics in therapeutic relationships, as well as real life clinical experience are supported and complemented by studies in the structure, function and disease of the human body. Engaged and competent faculty supported by relevant textbooks and classroom technology blend scientific foundations and hands-on instruction to create an experiential learning environment that builds clinical reasoning skills. Added instruction in the elements of designing a career path ensures that the graduating student will be a competent massage therapist, prepared to take the National Certification Exam.

The Professional Massage Therapy program is comprised of 750 clock hours and the program can be completed in as little as 7 ½ months.

Graduates of Cortiva Institute massage programs are prepared to:
  • Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitude for a successful career in massage therapy.
  • Apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skill to design and implement competent therapeutic and wellness massage treatment plans for a wide variety of clients.
  • Exhibit personal and professional ethics and conduct essential to the practice of massage and bodywork.
  • Practice as professional massage therapists in their own business or as employees.
  • Assume the role of a health care professional in serving the community and promoting the massage profession.
Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program, (1000 clock hours)

Cortiva Institute's Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program offers a variety of additional opportunities for students to explore and broaden their experience of the practice of massage through mentorship and real-life clinical experience. By adding 250 hours to the Professional Massage Therapy Program, the Extended Program will provide students a distinguishing advantage as they enter the professional world. Specialty clinics, case reviews and research applications, elective modalities and advanced bodywork courses complement each other to provide students with creative avenues to refine and enhance the client-centered care skills developed throughout their first 750 hours of education. An additional business course, Career Decisions, further helps students as they build a real-time plan to achieve their professional goals. Graduates of the Extended Massage Therapy Program at Cortiva Institute's Seattle massage school are prepared to work professionally as part of an interdisciplinary team of health and wellness care providers. Faculty actively practicing in the field of massage supervises the additional hands-on experience and clinical practice by mentoring students to develop greater self-confidence they can take with them as they begin their new career as massage therapists.

The Extended Professional Massage Therapy program is comprised of 1000 clock hours and the program can be completed in as little as 10 months. Completion of the Professional Massage Therapy Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program. The length of the Extended Program comprises the length of the Professional Massage Therapy Program plus one full-time 10-week term.

Upon completion, graduates of either program will be prepared to work as a massage therapist in a variety of environments such as clinics, spas, hospitals, or in their own private practice.

At the successful completion of either program, the student will receive a Diploma.


Click below for Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Seattle and Federal Way Campuses:
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program

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Programs - Federal Way

A Cortiva massage education is designed to prepare students to begin and sustain successful and personally rewarding careers in Massage Therapy. For this reason, our programs significantly exceed the education requirements for the Washington State licensing and national certification. We offer full time day and part time evening programs.

Our curriculum is grounded in our belief that scientific foundations and inspirational, real-life experiences create passionate massage therapy professionals. Our programs provide high-quality integrated learning opportunities. Each course contains essential information, skills and applications for becoming quality touch therapists in the field of massage, bodywork and somatics. The programs are grounded in the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit, teaching client-centered massage and bodywork.

As a student here, you'll benefit from a comprehensive combination of hands-on classroom instruction, clinic work and community outreach. After graduation, we'll continue to support you with ongoing learning opportunities through continuing education, lectures and workshops.

Cortiva Institute – Federal Way offers the following massage therapy programs: the Professional Massage Therapy Program & the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program.

Professional Massage Therapy Program, 750 clock hours

Cortiva Institute's Professional Massage Therapy Program is a comprehensive course of instruction that bridges intellectual discipline with technical expertise. Grounded in the value of client-centered care, courses in massage theory and practice, communication and ethics in therapeutic relationships, as well as real life clinical experience are supported and complemented by studies in the structure, function and disease of the human body. Engaged and competent faculty supported by relevant textbooks and classroom technology blend scientific foundations and hands-on instruction to create an experiential learning environment that builds clinical reasoning skills. Added instruction in the elements of designing a career path ensures that the graduating student will be a competent massage therapist, prepared to take the National Certification Exam.

The Professional Massage Therapy program is comprised of 750 clock hours and the program can be completed in as little as 7 ½ months.

Graduates of Cortiva Institute massage programs are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitude for a successful career in massage therapy.
  • Apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skill to design and implement competent therapeutic and wellness massage treatment plans for a wide variety of clients.
  • Exhibit personal and professional ethics and conduct essential to the practice of massage and bodywork.
  • Practice as professional massage therapists in their own business or as employees.
  • Assume the role of a health care professional in serving the community and promoting the massage profession.
Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program, 1000 clock hours

Cortiva Institute's Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program offers a variety of additional opportunities for students to explore and broaden their experience of the practice of massage through mentorship and real-life clinical experience. By adding 250 hours to the Professional Massage Therapy Program, the Extended Program will provide students a distinguishing advantage as they enter the professional world. Specialty clinics, case reviews and research applications, elective modalities and advanced bodywork courses complement each other to provide students with creative avenues to refine and enhance the client-centered care skills developed throughout their first 750 hours of education. An additional business course, Career Decisions, further helps students as they build a real-time plan to achieve their professional goals. Graduates of the Extended Massage Therapy Program at Cortiva Institute's Federal Way massage school are prepared to work professionally as part of an interdisciplinary team of health and wellness care providers. Faculty actively practicing in the field of massage supervises the additional hands-on experience and clinical practice by mentoring students to develop greater self-confidence they can take with them as they begin their new career as massage therapists.

The Extended Professional Massage Therapy program is comprised of 1000 clock hours and the program can be completed in as little as 10 months. Completion of the Professional Massage Therapy Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program. The length of the Extended Program comprises the length of the Professional Massage Therapy Program plus one full-time 10-week term.

Upon completion, graduates of either program will be prepared to work as a massage therapist in a variety of environments such as clinics, spas, hospitals, or in their own private practice.

At the successful completion of either program, the student will receive a Diploma.


Click below for Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Seattle and Federal Way Campuses:
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the 52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program
Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Extended Professional Massage Therapy Program

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