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Ancient Arts Massage School

Ancient Arts Massage School
1319 Lee Blvd;
Richland, WA, 99352

Located in Richland, Washington, the Ancient Arts Massage School and Clinic began their massage school program in 1999 after serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding locations as a clinic for four years. The goal of AAMS is to train students to become Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMPs) and adapt to the changing role of professional medical massage. Their professional massage program consists of a standard 500-hour program and an extended 825-hour program to prepare students to pass the National Certification Exam.

With more and more medical insurance plans accepting massage as a medical treatment, the focus of AAMS is to educate students for a future in this healthcare profession. To reflect this in their curriculum, AAMS's programs teach students both basic massage and how to effectively handle insurance companies and doctors offices. The school integrates medical massage into their instruction through classes in kinesiology, anatomy & physiology, massage theory and practice as well as medical science and business classes. To round out their curriculum, they integrate studies on hydrotherapy, blood born pathogens, and ethics into their relevant courses.

Students are taught a variety of massage techniques and modalities, how to use scientific knowledge as health care providers, personal communication skills, ethics, and laws relevant to massage. Teachers come with experience in the professional world as massage practitioners, business specialists, and bookkeepers. AAMS follows the guidelines set by the Washington State Workforce Training and Coordinating Board, the American Massage Therapy Association, and the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Quick Facts

  • Ninety percent of graduates have gone on to pass the National Certification Exam with the graduates of April 2007 achieving a 100% pass rate.

  • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED and "must possess the physical and emotional ability to perform as a massage practitioner."

  • Day and night time classes are offered. Tuition is approximately $9,000.

  • In addition to their curriculum, AAMS offers continuing education programs.

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