Fifteen percent of U.S. massage schools offer distance learning classes, and individually owned schools offer 50 percent of all distance learning courses, according to a report from a national massage association.
The fourth annual Massage Profession Research Report, released recently by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), showed:
• Fifteen percent of schools offer distance learning classes.
• Individually owned schools offered fifty percent of all distance learning courses.
• Of those schools that offer distance learning, the average number of classes offered is 4.4.
• Schools are diverse in the type of program or continuing education they offer.
• Eighty-seven percent of surveyed schools offer a basic certificate or diploma in massage therapy, up from 72 percent of schools a year ago.
• Twenty-eight percent offer an associate degree in massage therapy, compared to 24 percent last year.
• Thirty-nine percent of schools offer continuing education classes in massage therapy, compared to 50 percent of schools a year ago.
—Source: 2010 AMTA School Survey, American Massage Therapy Association.