On average, a seasoned massage therapist can perform 4 to 6 hours of massage daily and maintain their energy and stamina.
There are accommodations made for stopping and restarting the program. Information can be found in the catalog under Re-admission Procedure, Add/Drop period, Applying for a Leave of Absence, Returning From a Leave of Absence, and Maximum Time Frame Policy. All requests to start or stop the program must be submitted in writing to the Director of Education.
The NIMA Massage License Program is structured in a way makes it very difficult to switch from a day class to night or night class to day. No two classes will start on the same date, and a switch may result in having to make up classes or repeat classes. However, NIMA recognizes that students may have extenuating circumstances that create a need to change class times. A request to switch day/night classes should be made to the Director of Education, who along with the student and Registrar, will review options for class make-up or repeats, and other arrangements to accommodate the switch based on the student’s needs and academic standing.
Because of the “hands-on” nature of this course of study, most classes are held at NIMA, and are not offered as a home study; the only exception being the Ethics class. Ethics will be offered as a home study course with a few of its classes being held on campus for testing and review.
Tuition includes the following:
- All books are provided but continue to be the property of the school and are to be returned at the end of the course, unmarked or marred. Students may make arrangements with the Finance office if there is a particular book they want to buy to keep. Unreturned books or damaged books will be assessed a fee equivalent to the cost of replacement.
- A uniform top, one lotion bottle/holster, clinic supplies, use of massage tables in the classroom and Massage Skills Lab, which are to stay with the school.
- One time State Licensing testing fee paid within 6 months of program completion.
The pay received by the licensed massage therapists varies based on location, employer contract, or the price set by the Massage Therapist themselves. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national average salary for a massage therapist was $39,920 as of May 2011. The median annual salary reported was $35,830. The lowest-paid 25 percent of all massage therapists surveyed reported an hourly wage of $11.93 or less and an annual salary of $24,810.
The most common job placements are at a spa/salon, chiropractic office, or private practice. Gyms and fitness centers are hiring more and more Massage Therapists. As your education continues (the state required Continuing Education or CE classes to maintain your license), you will find that you lean toward a specialty in your massage practice which makes you more desirable and in more of a demand. NIMA’s goal is to provide a comprehensive program, so when students move from Idaho to another state, they are well qualified to take that state’s exam and continue their massage practice across the nation. However, if you are considering/contemplating a move to or living in another state, please verify licensure requirements or know additional licensure requirements may be required for states other than Idaho and Washington.
Massage Therapy is a very specific field, and while licensing in other fields is common and may enhance the Massage License Program, they cannot replace it. Likewise being licensed in another field is enhanced by taking the Massage License Program.
The only accepted credit transfer at NIMA is for Human Anatomy & Physiology as long as the previous education received in that class is equivalent to the requirements for the A&P class held by NIMA.
We make every effort to accommodate multiple learning styles, schedules, and needs. Each individual is unique and whether or not the course is too hard will depend entirely on your dedication and perseverance to the program, and your willingness to work with our faculty and staff.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating that you have successfully completed the state and school requirements for NIMA’s Massage License Program. Once you receive your certificate you are then eligible to take the state licensing exam to become licensed Massage Therapists. When you pass the state exam, you will then be able to practice Massage Therapy.