675-Hour Massage Certification

NCBTMB_assigned_school-1 675-Hour Massage Certification

The 675-hour massage therapy certification program is designed to provide an academically excellent education in the field of massage and bodywork therapy, which will meet and exceed the requirements for the national certification exam and the Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEx).

Our curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) designating our school as an Assigned School for this program.

By the end of the 675-­hour program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology of the human body, and be able to apply that understanding to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy.
  • Draw from a diverse knowledge of modalities to create effective and individualized massage sequences.
  • Feel comfortable and confident applying their skills professionally in a variety of settings.
  • Make self-care a priority through the practices of journaling, yoga, movement exercises, nutrition, breathwork, and meditation.

Program Calendar

The 675-hour massage certification program is offered two times a year. Students elect to join the program starting in April or October. The program is divided into two semesters and the length of time required for completion of the program is 6 months. Regular classes are held Monday through Wednesday from 9-5. Our supervised student clinic is held Thursday through Saturday. Students sign up to do 20 clinic shifts throughout the program. Clinic shifts are either from 10:45am-3:45pm or 3:45-8:45pm.

  • 9am – 12:30 pm Active Lecture (with one 10-minute break)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch break
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm Massage Modalities (with one 10-minute break)
We observe the following holidays:
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving (and the Wednesday before)
  • Christmas Eve and Day
  • New Year’s Eve and Day

If a class happens to fall on one of the holidays it will be made up the next available weekday. In the event of bad weather classes will be canceled. A message will be posted on the school’s outgoing voice mail.

Self-care and Mindfulness Immersions

Self-care and mindfulness classes cover body care stretches, meditation, energy balancing, imagery and visualization, practices to prevent burn-out, and strategic planning and goal setting. In this part of the program, we offer students an opportunity for rich self-discovery and exploration through yoga, meditation, journaling, and group discussion.


The curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of massage and bodywork therapy, supported by an in-depth understanding of the sciences behind massage: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology.

  • Fundamental Theory & Practice of Massage and Bodywork Therapy 1 & 2 (291 hours)
  • Western Science for Massage (152 hours)
  • Energetic Anatomy (60 hours)
  • Somatic Psychology (24 hours)
  • Business Practices & Marketing (28 hours)
  • Supervised Student Clinic (100 hours)
  • Professional Ethics (10 hours)
  • NC Rules & Laws (6 hours)
  • Opening Day (4 hours)
Admission Process
Requirements for Admissions
  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma/GED or college diploma
  • US citizen or non-citizen who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • Ability and willingness to participate fully and complete all requirements of the program
  • Ability to pay all fees

After the above requirements have been received, applicants will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.  If it will place undue hardship upon the applicant to travel to the interview, a phone interview will be conducted in its place.

The Asheville School of Massage & Yoga is open to all prospective students who meet the above requirements and illustrate through their references and interview moral character and an ability to complete the program.  The school does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, or marital status.

Tuition, Discounts, and Scholarships

Basic Tuition

  • Pay in full by the first day of classes: $6950

Prepay Discounts

  • Pay $1000 (nonrefundable) 4 months prior to start date and save $1000
  • Pay in full 90 days prior to start date and save $1000
  • Pay in full 60 days prior to start date and save $500
  • Pay in full 30 days prior to start date and save $250

Additional Fees & Expenses

  • Enrollment fee ($500 nonrefundable)
  • Required textbooks (approx $540)
  • Linens, oils and oil holster (approx $95)
  • Massage table ($300-700)


  • Work-study ($1500)
  • Academic ($500)
  • On the Yoga Path ($1250)

Inquire about prerequisites and availability. Scholarships and discounts may not be combined.

For more detailed information about our 675-hour program download the catalog or apply now using our online application.