The Florida Board of Massage Therapy provides a list of approved schools where future LMTs can complete their 500 required hours.
Since there are dozens of education options in Florida, it may be helpful for you to narrow down where in Florida you would like to study. Miami is a popular city to study massage, with two leading programs there: Florida College of Natural Health and Miami Dade College.
- Florida College of Natural Health: Accredited by the ACCSC, students at this school can graduate in as little as six and a half months. This school has been serving Florida for more than 20 years, and many graduates work for the top massage and spa industry employers in the nation. Florida College of Natural Health also has locations in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
- Miami Dade College: This massage therapy program is approved by the State of Florida Board of Massage Therapy, and will prepare students to apply for one of the National Certification Board of examinations. Students will earn hours in hydrotherapy, anatomy and physiology, allied modalities, and standards for massage therapy.
Other education options outside of Miami include Central Florida School of Massage Therapy in Orlando and Alpha School of Massage in Jacksonville.
How Much Will I Earn?
The average annual wage of a massage therapist in Florida was $41,110 in 2014. This is on the lower side of state earnings, with the average national salary at $41,790. However, massage therapists who work in Naples-Marco Island have the opportunity to earn a higher salary, with the average for this city at $57,390 annually.