Top College in Westminster, CO, for Massage Therapist Classes

Oct 20, 2021

School and Ranking Information

In Colorado, students must be registered to legally practice massage therapy. To obtain registration, individuals must complete an approved massage therapy program and pass either the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards' Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

Students in Westminster, CO, looking to pursue massage therapy training can find five schools with relevant programs within a 25-mile radius of the downtown area. Based on factors such as graduation rate, job placement rate, and student-faculty ratios, the top two choices are:

  • Winner: Colorado School of Healing Arts (CSHA) is the only one to receive an award, and it also boasts the highest graduation rate, which puts it in first place.
  • Runner-Up: Aveda Institute Denver has an 86% graduation rate and a network of over 7,000 job placement opportunities.

School Comparison Chart

Category Colorado School of Healing Arts Aveda Institute Denver
Location Lakewood, CO (9 miles from Westminster) Denver, CO (6 miles from Westminster)
School Type 2-year, private for-profit 2-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2019-2020) $10,830* $9,000 (600 contact hours program cost)*
Massage Therapy Degree Levels Offered <1 year certificates <1 year certificates
Massage Therapy Degrees Awarded (all levels) in (2018-2019) 81* 8*
Most Popular Massage Therapy Degree Level in (2018-2019) <1 year certificate (81 awarded)* <1 year certificate (8 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal time) for 2016 Entering Class 96%* 66%*
Noteworthy One of five schools to receive the School of Excellence Award in 2007-2008 by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)** Extensive job placement network***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **Colorado School of Healing Arts; ***Aveda Institute Denver.

Winner: Colorado School of Healing Arts

  • Graduates have access to career services which help prepare them for interviews, research employers, and plan career goals
  • The employment rate for the 9-month massage therapy program was 96% and 89% for the 12-month massage therapy program in 2019.
  • Student-faculty ratio of 7:1, according to NCES

Students interested in pursuing a degree in massage therapy from CSHA have the option of completing a 93-credit hour Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program or a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) program at either the 700-hour or 1,000-clock hour level. The AOS program allows students to choose two specialties from areas such as cranial sacral, neuromuscular, reflexology, sports, or oncology. Upon completion of the 700-hour program, students typically have a foundation in massage therapy and may choose to either pursue entry-level employment or continue their education in the 1,000-hour or AOS programs. The 700-hour program can be completed in as little as nine months, whereas the 1,000-hour and AOS programs may take up to 18 and 27 months, respectively.

Runner-Up: Aveda Institute Denver

  • Students participate in hands-on training with a variety of clients
  • Graduates have access to job placement services within the Aveda network of over 7,000 salons and spas
  • Student-faculty ratio of 16:1, per NCES

The Aveda Institute Denver is a small school with just 405 students. The 600-hour massage therapy program is split into two phases, 'fire' and 'infinity'. The 300-hour fire phase provides students with a foundation in anatomy and physiology, Swedish massage, reflexology, and hydrotherapy. The infinity track continues to expand students' knowledge of anatomy and physiology, massage techniques, and pathology, and individuals work under the supervision of a licensed massage therapist. Graduates of the program can take the MBLEx exam.

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