Tri-City School of Massage
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 Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about your school? or Why should I get my massage education at the Tri-City School of Massage?
Do you have any former graduates that I can contact with questions?
How large are your classes?
I've heard that other schools employ recent graduates as teachers. Does your school do this?
I've noticed a lot of massage therapists listed in the yellow pages. Is the market already over saturated with massage therapists?
What are the employment opportunities after graduation?
How does your school prepare me for running a massage practice?
When does the next class start and end?
What are the hours of classes?
How much time outside of class will be needed to complete the course?
What are the steps to becoming legal to practice massage in Washington?
What are the requirements in various states for massage licensure?
How much is your tuition?
Are there additional expenses besides the tuition?
Do you have financial aid?
How do I enroll if I decide this is the school for me? How soon do I need to enroll?


What is unique about your school? or Why should I get my massage education at the Tri-City School of Massage?
  • The school has been in existence for 48 years and has a wealth of successful massage therapists (graduates) who can (and do) attest to their positive experience at this school.

  • The experience of the director in massage/bodywork and in teaching adds dimension and depth.

  • The high quality, experience, integrity, and standards of the instructors serve the school well.

  • The three instructors have 85 years of massage experience between them and are well grounded in the practice of massage.

  • A wide variety of modalities, techniques, and massage styles are part of the 'core curriculum' without additional cost. Some of the techniques are unique to this school.

  • The instructors are committed to staying current with the 'State of the Art' through their own continuing education.

  • We continually assess and implement changes in the curriculum that are necessary as a result of changes in the profession and/or testing for licensure.

  • The small size of the class enrollments allows for more individual attention to each student.

  • Our classes are interesting and fun.

  • The campus setting is comfortable and homey.

  • The school provides a nurturing setting for personal growth and change.

  • We have attempted to keep our tuition more reasonable than most other massage schools.

 

Do you have any former graduates that I can contact with questions?
  • Yes, call the school for information. We would be happy to supply you with the names of a few of our graduates.

  • A large number of our students come to us via referrals from our former students. We think that says something positive about the school and the positive experience that our graduates have had at the Tri-City School of Massage.

 

How large are your classes? 
  • We limit our class size to 18 students. This allows for a 18 to 3 student/teacher ratio, therefore allowing for individual attention especially during the massage exchanges.

 

I've heard that other schools employ recent graduates as teachers. Does your school do this?
  • We believe instructors should have experience in the field of massage before they begin teaching. Therefore we don't utilize people who have just recently graduated from massage school as our teachers.

  • Since we are a small school, we are very choosy about who we consider to become a part of the staff. We want someone who is kind and gentle with the students, highly intelligent, innovative, thoughtful, and who brings fresh ideas about how to improve the way we do things.

 

I've noticed a lot of massage therapists listed in the yellow pages and the internet. Is the market already over saturated with massage therapists?
  • More people than ever before have been seeking massage therapy, so the outlook for the future of massage is positive. There is always room for another good massage therapist.

  • It is true that there are a lot of mediocre massage practitioners in the field, but if you have a solid education in how to treat people in need, using the wide variety of techniques taught at the Tri-City School of Massage, there should be no problem in building a clientele.

 

What are the employment opportunities after graduation?
  • We receive a lot of requests from those who are seeking to 'employ' massage therapists. Many massage therapists become self employed even if they are working in someone else's establishment.

  • There are many settings in which a massage therapist can work - places like chiropractic offices, beauty salons, massage clinics, physical therapy offices, day spas, health and fitness clubs, or private practice.

 

How does your school prepare me for running a massage practice?
  • We spend approximately 60 hours of class time studying the issues of client interaction, record keeping, insurance billing, health screening, business practices, client management issues, marketing strategies, legal requirements, self care, etc.

 

When does the next class start and end?
  • Classes start just once a year around Labor Day.

  • We usually finish in mid April.

  • The class spans an eight month period of time with a two week break at Christmas (7 1/2 months)
What are the hours of classes?
  • We meet three evenings a week from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm. We meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

  • The entire class consists of 572 in-class hours based on a fifty-minute hour.

 

How much time outside of class will be needed to complete the course?
  • There is a good deal of written homework involved. The homework is what your grades are based on and are a requirement of the class. Plan on several hours of homework in preparation for the upcoming class.

  • We also require 150 massages in the course of your training and about half of those occur during class. The remainder of those will need to be done on your own time and in your own space.

     

What are the steps to becoming legal to practice massage in Washington?
  • The first step would be to graduate from a class or school whose curriculum has been approved by the Washington State Board of Massage.

  • The next step would require passing the licensure exam.

  • The third step would be to purchase your license from the Department of Health.

 

What are the requirements in various states for massage licensure?

 

How much is your tuition?
  • $7,300.00

  • The textbooks are included in the tuition.

 

Are there additional expenses besides the tuition?
  • Yes, the major expense is for a massage table. Since about 75 to 80 of your practice massages will be done outside of class, you will need the proper surface to work on.

  • You will also need your own table linens, towels, bolster, pillow, uniform, and massage oil.

  • There are also costs after graduation for the licensing exam, business licenses, and membership in a professional organization.

  • See the website for a breakdown of additional costs.

 

Do you have financial aid?
  • The standard financial aid available to government funded schools is not available to our students (Stafford Loans or Pell Grants).

  • We do accept students who are funded by Washington State DVR or DSHS.

  • We also accept scholarships from various sources. These are usually small ($500 to $1000) and must be found and applied for on your own.

  • We normally expect a $600.00 down payment along with your application with the balance of the tuition due on or before the first day of class.

  • If you need a payment plan, a good source might be a personal loan at your bank.

  • One of the reasons we have been able to keep our tuition low is because we do not offer a payment plan. If we do decide to extend a payment plan to a student it would have to be accompanied by other fees and interest and would need to be paid in its entirety before graduation.

 

How do I enroll if I decide this is the school for me? How soon do I need to enroll?
  • For an enrollment application and catalog call the school at 509-586-6434 or email PJKruschke@aol.com.  You may print your own application by clicking here.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine to view and print this file.  Mail the completed application along with your down payment to: Tri-City School of Massage, 26 E 3rd Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.

  • Because we have a limited class size, the sooner you send in your application and down payment, the better your chances of securing a spot in the class. We suggest early enrollment.

     

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