A Foundation for Your Future

The Therapeutic Massage & Training Center curriculum runs for 10 months. Classes begin the first week of March and first week of September (after Labor day). Contact the school for exact start dates.

Spring classes are held in the evening. Fall classes are offered both in the evening and daytime.

Small Class Sizes

We want students to thrive in our tradition of small classes. Our classes are kept to 16 students or less. We provide dedicated and intensive training for the hands-on portion of the curriculum to ensure students receive maximum one-on-one coaching. We pride ourselves on graduating the finest therapists in the field. Building knowledge, skill set, as well as student confidence levels throughout the program.

Hands-on education begins with the second class and continues for the entire 10-month term, through basic, intermediate and advanced techniques. In addition, students are motivated to develop their own style of touch.

Our director and instructors are always available for questions and advice, something not possible with larger classes. Students are encouraged to take advantage of private one-on-one coaching from instructors to hone their skills.

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Classes begin twice a year and the curriculum lasts just under 10 months.

  • Spring evening classes begin the first Wednesday in March.
  • Fall Day classes and Evening classes begin the first Thursday after Labor Day in September.

The day class meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no weekends for day class)

The evening class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as well as one weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

TMTC teaches deep tissue massage and includes medical massage techniques. All instructors are graduates of TMTC and licensed, working massage therapists. TMTC’s goal is to teach you how to support and enable clients, family, and friends out of the stress that occurs with physical, mental, and emotional pain.

Potential students must interview with the director or a TMTC office staff member prior to acceptance; be at least 18 years of age; and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED. Consideration for enrollment is given for mature applicants with life experience. A student must submit a completed application form with the application fee no later than two weeks prior to the first day of class.

Therapeutic Massage & Training Center and its instructors do not discriminate against any individual because of race, sex, religion, physical disability or age.

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Kinesiology (movement of the body)
  • Body Mechanics (how to protect you from injury)
  • Swedish Massage (relaxing massage)
  • Deep Tissue Massage (main focus of pain-relief training)
  • Neuromuscular Massage & Trigger Point Therapy
  • Sports Massage and Stretching
  • Postural Analysis
  • Chair Massage
  • Professional Ethics
  • Business Law & Practice
  • CPR & First Aid

Introductory classes in:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Myofascial Release (deep and gentle)
  • CranioSacral Technique
  • Bamboo Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Asian Theory (5-elements and meridians)
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Energy Healing using Quantum Touch
  • Thai Massage
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Cervical Injury techniques
  • Shiatsu
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Pre-Natal Massage

NJ State requires 100 hours of hands-on practice. We arrange for students to perform 40 hours or more massaging clients of all shapes, sizes and issues within the classroom setting with instructors present to support student’s learning. Clinic massages provide students with real-life experience and training.

Additional hours are gained by performing massages through 1 on 1 coaching with instructors, additional clinic dates and times, and attending chair massage events. This prepares you to be confident and qualified when you graduate!

A total of onetime cost of $390 must be paid at the time of registration and it guarantees your seat in class:

  • A non refundable fee of $125 for the application and registration.
  • $200 for school textbooks
  • $65 student massage insurance through Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). This includes access to ABMP’s Exam Coach online training to further assist students to pass the National Exam.

The cost for the 512-hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program is $8,900.

Each student is required to acquire a massage table within three (3) weeks of starting the program, which is not included in tuition. The school significantly discounts the purchase of a massage table and optional massage chair. Occasionally, good quality, second hand massage tables are available at reduced rates. Instructors educate and assist students with their massage table selection.


  • Massage Therapy curriculum
  • CPR training
  • First Aid training
  • Use of classroom, products and library
  • Handbook for the student Massage Therapist
  • School T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Completion & Transcript
  • Student Business Cards
  • (5) One on One coaching sessions with instructors


Tuition is due within the first seven (7) months of attendance unless other arrangements have been made in writing between the Director and the student prior to starting classes. Payment arrangements are available upon discussion with the director.

Student must pay tuition in full by the end of the course before TMTC will issue a transcript to NJ State for state license.

New Jersey License for Massage and Bodywork

As of September 4, 2012, to work as a massage therapist in New Jersey, you must obtain a state license. The time frame for submitting for a license based on work experience expired on 10/31/2013.

NJ State requires you have 500 hours or more education, a license from another state, or proof of current National Certification. Applications must be submitted online.

If you are unable to self-register online, contact the Division of Consumer Affairs via telephone:
** For calls from within New Jersey call 1-888-656-6225 (Option 3)
** Outside of New Jersey call 1-973-424-8150 (Option 3).

Upon completion of TMTC graduation requirements, an alumnus will go online to NJ State’s website and submit an application to New Jersey State. The application is not active until the applicant pays the NJ state registration fee. Once the graduate completes the application and pays the fee, the graduate must notify TMTC to submit a transcript to NJ State.  Click here to apply to NJ State.

New Jersey State will contact the applying therapist to register with Identogo to be fingerprinted. The graduate therapist must complete fingerprinting and upload all required documents to NJ State, including a passport picture.

The New Jersey State Board reviews all the documents and notifies the applicant when approved. The applicant therapist then must pay the license fee to NJ State for the license. The license will come via the USPS mail service.

New Jersey State License Renewal

NJ State License renewal occurs for already licensed massage therapists in November of even years (2016, 2018, etc.) This means if you get your license in October 2018, you will need to renew by November 30, 2018.

All licensed therapists are required to take 20 Continuing Education Units (10 CEU per year) to renew and have current CPR and First Aid certificates. Two (2) of the CEU must be Ethics and one (1) CE in Law. Only a total of six (6) CE can be attained online. If you allow your license to lapse, you may need to re-apply for the state license.

Note: When renewing, the therapist is required to upload to NJ State all proof on CE courses, including current CPR and First Aid certification.

Request for TMTC Transcript

TMTC’s initial transcript submission to NJ State is included in tuition and is free for the graduate. It is a $25 cost for TMTC to submit the transcript to another location or state.

National Licensing

Therapeutic Massage & Training Center is registered with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) should the graduate want to take the MBLEx national exam. As of 2016, NJ State is requiring applicants to take the National Exam and is required in most other states. TMTC assists graduates in preparing for, and taking, the national exam to become licensed. As of 02/2021, TMTC has a 89.6% pass rate the first time our graduates take the national exam.  The Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s (FSMTB) most recent Annual Report indicates that the MBLEx first time attempt pass rate from July 2018-June 2019 was 73.4%.

FSMTB: To become nationally licensed, you must register with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) exam. Click here  to register with FSMTB.

Effective 7/1/2018 the MBLEx weights the following content categories:

Anatomy & Physiology 11%
Kinesiology 12%
Pathology, Contradictions, Areas of Caution, Special Populations 14%
Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue 15%
Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning 17%
Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations 16%
Guidelines For Professional Practice 15%

Effective July 1, 2017, candidates seeking access to the MBLEx will be required to substantiate enrollment in or having received their education from a massage therapy educational program that is approved or recognized by the state board or agency authorized to regulate massage therapy in the state in which the school is located. TMTC is approved.

“Therapeutic massage offers wonderful opportunities to our students, from a whole new career for those seeking career change, to a side job for those looking for additional income, to career supplementation for those already in the health care sector,” said Arlene Reardon, TMTC owner.

TMTC offers job placement assistance for all graduates, and our graduates are in high demand in local massage chains, high end spas, medical centers, and gyms. TMTC supports graduates looking to start their own business.

September 2019: Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. … Similarly, demand will likely increase as more healthcare providers understand the benefits of massage and these services become part of treatment plans..”