Massage Therapy Programs

Cortiva Institute doesn’t just teach. We engage, excite and inspire you to make massage therapy your own.

Setting You Apart

  • Automatic student membership in ABMP, the largest massage therapy association in the U.S.
  • Massage therapy courses adapt to how you learn best
  • More than 40 massage therapy programs across our schools
  • Innovative, holistic curriculum
  • “Learning by doing”—you give and receive treatments to master your technique
  • Client-centric approach teaches you how to cater your services to their needs

What’s special about our programs

It’s not one thing, but the full Cortiva Institute experience that gives you the tools and confidence to succeed, from our holistic, hands-on curriculum, to expert faculty—all practicing specialists in their field—who guide you every step of the way.

  • A spectrum of therapeutic methods, from age-old approaches to those most in demand and innovative today
  • Dynamic clinical internships built into each program
  • Rigorous program standards—which are higher than states require
  • Practical prep for the Massage & Bodywork exam needed  for your massage therapy certification and licensing

Our holistic curriculum, for 360˚ learning


Whether through the day, evenings or weekends.

An affordable path to success

Cortiva Institute helps knock down financial roadblocks, and helps you connect to organizations and employers who do the same.

  • Extensive financing options and in-house loans for those who qualify
  • Automatic membership in professional organization with scholarship opportunities
  • Free liability insurance through membership
  • Student licensure and testing fees paid for by Cortiva Institute, where required
  • Access to 1,000s of employers and jobs who prioritize our graduates for interviews
  • A growing list of employers who offer full or partial tuition reimbursement

Continuing education, to stretch mind, body and spirit

Your massage therapy license is just the beginning: the more you continue to learn, the more you’ll thrive.

Our continuing education programs evolve with industry trends to carry you throughout your career—and help you build the skills you’ll need to expand your practice, and grow your business.


Classes start Soon!

Full and Part Time classes may have different hours and start dates, but classes typically start approximately every 5 to 10 weeks depending on location. enroll now

Yes. All of our campuses and programs are accredited. The accreditation agencies vary by school. Each school is accredited by either ACCET, ACCSC, or COMTA.

Some of our campuses accept students who do not have a GED or High School Diploma if you can show the ability to benefit from the program.

Your HS Diploma or GED status may affect Financial Aid eligibility.

We offer full time and part time classes. Depending on the licensure requirements in the state where you intend to practice, they can vary slightly in length.

On average, our Professional Massage Therapy programs are 7 ½ to 12 months in length.

Our Skin Care programs vary by region and can be as short as 6 ½ to 12 months in length.

Hands on training plays a critical role in the development of Massage Therapists and Skin Care Specialists which is why our classes are offered only in person at our campuses nationwide. enroll now

There are no prerequisites for our Professional courses. Most of the advanced courses require prior completion of the Professional courses.

Yes! The Public Clinic portion of training allows students to gain practical experience.

Yes! Services are offered on a walk-in or appointment basis and are available weekdays and weekends depending on location.

Generally speaking, a license is required. Licensing requirements vary by location and are set by local and state licensing boards.

Yes. In fact, Cortiva also covers the costs of your first licensure exam once you graduate.

While we can’t place you in a job, we do give you all the opportunities and support possible to help you find your own. Our Career Services assistance starts when you are a student and does not stop even after you graduate. From your first job to your last job in the industry – whether you need help tomorrow or ten years from now – we’re here to help you succeed.

You are welcome to call us at 877-826-8367 to schedule an admissions tour. enroll now

Our National Admissions Team can help you over the phone with the enrollment process as well as help with questions about relocation. They can be reached at 877-206-2640. enroll now

While we do not offer dorms or official student housing, our staff can help you search for potential housing options.

Pay rates vary across the many different massage therapy and skin care fields.

You can find details about a career in Massage Therapy at:

You can find details about a career in Skin Care at:

Your out of pocket costs can vary depending on which campus, what program you are interested in, and the types of Financial Aid you may qualify for.

Yes, Financial Aid is available for most programs, for those who qualify.

An easy admissions process

It’s simple because we make it all about you:

  • You tell us your needs, goals and aspirations
  • We create an individualized
    experience and schedule for you
  • You join our supportive, inspiring community of students just like you

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“What I love most about Cortiva is that it's a family atmosphere”

Lucy Valle

Lucy Valle
Licensed Massage Therapist
Medical Massage Practitioner
Cortiva Instructor

“Not only was the Cortiva environment extremely inviting, but from a financial and timing standpoint, it was the perfect match”

Erin Weinberger

Erin Weinberger
Licensed Massage Therapist
Cortiva Graduate

“My classmates always had study groups and teachers were always there— so I never felt overwhelmed”

Alex Charles

Alex Charles
Licensed Massage Therapist
Cortiva Graduate