Massage Therapy Diploma Program

(717  class hrs inclusive of  80 clinical hrs/1 yr)

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Note: The school reserves the right to change “order, topics and teachers “ that may be listed in any schedule, at any time according to needs and availability within the school structure, as well as add or subtract required books with courteous and relevant notification. This information is an outline of the program focus, topic descriptions, and program benefits to students and staff.

Current tuition: 6,100 plus 800$ lab fees
This requires completion and submitting an Application For Admittance, with the Application Fee, and a School Visit arranged by appointment.  We welcome your call - 734-769-7794 -  to begin this process, answer your questions, and set up an appointment .  Important Notice-  The time frame for class hours each class day is 830-a.m. to 330 p.m.  This will go into effect with the September 2021 program- remember- we only meet for class about 6 days a month!


Please note that while we do offer a Payment Plan option- this requires a cash deposit, and in some cases, a co-signer as it is a legal contractual agreement.  The current deposit is $2,500.00.  The balance is paid over an 8 month period of time. Prospective and admitted students who will be exploring this option are encouraged to start their registration process early, as Admission is not confirmed until deposits are in and contracts are fully signed.

Prospective Students  may qualify for a tuition grant through "MICHIGAN WORKS". This agency has several types of possible program tiers, and  may completely pay for your massage therapy training - if you are considering this, start early, the process takes time and you must actively follow up.  AASM does not administer Michigan Works program participation.  Contact your local agency office for more information, and be prepared to work directly with them.

Books, Equipment & Supplies

Students purchase their own books, equipment and supplies . These items must be obtained  prior to the start date of the program and will become part of your own professional collection to perform field work and clinic.   Students may acquire the books, supplies and equipment wherever they wish. 

Any provided shopping links are for your convenience only.

Course Outline & Topic Focus
          Please do note that a myriad of rich insight,  interactive discussion, and work with other relevant and emerging topics does occur during the program duration within the class meetings, and these important integrative nuances  enrich the program considerably, and are impossible to convey in this forthcoming list of basic topics of focus for this training. 
  • Anatomy & Physiology - (125 hours minimum) composed of lecture, demonstration, and practicum, for basic and holistic Anatomy and Physiology Studies.

  • Marketing and Business - Guidance, Exercises and Assignments in simple business structures and marketing approaches.

  • Ethics and Communications - Several texts, discussions, and lecture are employed to focus on the ethics, boundaries, and professional comportment of the healing arts professions we train for. A minimum of ten clock hours, and more with integrative discussion, is are devoted to Ethics. 

  • Clinical Orientation, Protocols, and Required Intern Clinical Experience 

  • Pathology

  • Classical Swedish Massage

  • Foot & Hand Reflexology

  • Cranial /Osteopathic Balancing Methods  and a Practical Sequence

  • Myofascial Release Methods

  • Hydro/Thermotherapy Philosophy/ Hands on Treatments for Muscles and Joints

  • Prenatal Massage Basics and Physiology

  • Energy Balancing and Polarity, Reiki

  • Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point work

  • Manifesting Your Terms of Employment

  • Bringing Practice Intentions into Focus

  • Event Massage

  • Integrating Essential Oils for Therapeutic Outcomes

  • Direct Clinic Training- A requirement of 80 documented in- House Sessions

  • MBLEX EXAM coverage

  • Massage for Special Populations: Childbearing Year, Rehab, Elder massage

The MASSAGE THERAPY (also referred to as NATUROPATHIC PHYSICAL MEDICINE or NPM) training is a one year program that fulfills 698 hour State Licensed professional training with the required 80 hours of clinical internship. Our classes do not meet every week. They typically meet in scheduled 3 day modules (Th/F/Sat from 8:30 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m.) approximately every other week, with a holiday and a short summer break scheduled.  NOTE: The clinic sessions are not on the class schedule. You will need to plan for these additional hours to complete the program. Student Clinics are scheduled per class group as to available supervision on Tuesday  through Thursday between 10:30 am - 6:30 pm, and after our Thursday and Friday classes with appointments at 330 and 445.

Our Program conveys a Student Membership to the professional organization AMERICAN MASSAGE THERAPY ASSOCiATION (AMTA) which comes with numerous study- aid benefits, as well as exam study assistance. All successful graduates are then  eligible to continue to pursue, on their own,  licensure/MBLEX exam completion.

Note:  All of our grads pass the MBLEX and quickly obtain high quality jobs.

1)  currently 50% of our students have completed as of 8/28 , all have solid job offers which begin imminently.  Feel free to inquire where they work.

2) 50% of our students are completing Clinic Requirements as of 9/20/2021, are interviewing for jobs, and have MBLEX dates set for the days ahead. 

3)  100% of our new Fall (September)  2021 students are beginning their field work Journal, experiencing in-house massage appointments (given free) with our seasoned interns, have begun learning Palpation, Ethics, Medical and Anatomical terminology , and are 50% along in their required initial Pathology lessons as pre-requisite for clinic participation.