Massage Licensing Program

33 Weeks – 660 Hours

The Massage Licensing Program at Washington Spa Academy spans 660 hours, providing both hands-on and technical training that will enable the student - upon licensing - to function as a competent entry-level licensed massage therapist. This course curriculum is approved by the Washington State Board of Massage and the Washington Department of Health.

The program is thoughtfully organized to cover essential course materials, ensuring students are well-prepared for both the theoretical knowledge required for the Federal-level Massage & Body Licensing Examination and the practical expertise needed to evolve into refined massage therapists.

Key subject areas covered in this program include Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, various treatment techniques, Business and Clinical Practices, Ethics, and more.

COVID vaccination is required for all WSA staff and students - medical and religious exemptions may be accepted.

Program Schedule 

The Massage Licensing Program is 660 hours, with a weekly commitment of 20 hours, and has a duration of approximately 33 weeks. The program provides three main enrollment opportunities each year:

  • Winter: Around Mid-January
  • Spring: Around Mid-May
  • Fall: Around Mid-September

Program entry dates may vary due to observed holidays. For additional details, feel free to reach out to us at

Class Schedule

The upcoming Winter Term 2024 offers the following two Class Sessions:

  • Morning Session (AM): 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, starting on January 16, 2024
  • Evening Session (PM): 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, starting on January 22, 2024

Enrollment Now Open!

The class session might be canceled due to insufficient students. Each class session requires a minimum of 6 enrolled students to take place.

Student Clinic & Application

The Student Clinic & Application (60 Hours) begins in the final phase of the program, integrated within the regular class schedule. Student practitioners are required to perform 36 massages on the public in a supervised setting. This real-world work experience is vital to refining the massage therapists’ skill set. 

Core Subjects

The curriculum is structured around the core subjects of:

  • Massage Theory & Practice: At the core of the program, this subject delves into the art and science of massage therapy comprehensively. It covers various facets, including the history of massage, draping techniques, indications and contraindications, and the physiological effects of the six strokes of Swedish massage. Additionally, advanced treatment skills such as myofascial release, deep tissue, MET, trigger point work, and more are thoroughly explored.
    • Clinical & Business Practices: This aspect of Massage Theory & Practice addresses business management, taxes, billing insurance, record keeping, sanitation, proper hygiene, medical terminology, and laws pertaining to massage and massage businesses.
    • Anatomy & Physiology: This subject investigates the structure and function of the body including the systems of the body and the functions of the organs and glands, as well as the various parts of the skeletal and muscular systems.
    • Pathology: This subject explores the signs and symptoms of common diseases and abnormalities of the various body systems, as well as the relationship of massage to various diseases-including when massage should and should not be used.
    • Kinesiology: This subject covers body movement and how and where muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments interact to create movement at the joints.
    • Ethics: This subject covers the therapeutic relationship of the massage therapist and client/patient, human behavior, communication skills, professional boundaries, standards of ethical practice, and state laws and rules related to massage and health care ethics.
    • Student Clinic: This subject facilitates the integration and application of knowledge by providing a real-world environment for students to practice their new skill set.

    From our Alumni

    From our Alumni

    The teachers at BMS are caring and knowledgeable, and the small class sizes mean a lot of 1-on-1 attention!

    - Jeff, 2017 Graduate

    The best school I have ever been to, and locally owned. Awesome teachers and staff, our group had a lot of fun! They helped me find me a job immediately with an awesome spa, and have answered any questions I had post graduation. If you are looking for a new career as a massage therapist I highly recommend Bellevue Massage School.

    - Tyler, 2017 Graduate