In this section, we provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about our massage therapy diploma program. We hope you enjoy the information and share it with others. If you do not find what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
What is the typical work schedule for an L.M.B.T?
Some therapists will choose to have a five day work week. Others will choose this profession because it provides an opportunity to bring in a great monthly income working part-time hours, allowing more time to be spent raising a family or having more free time.
What are some common places to have a practice?
Chiropractic Office Health Spa Beauty Salon Hospital
Vacation Resort Medical Office Cruise Ship Resort
In-Home Holistic Center On-Site Massage Clinic Retirement Center
What can I expect my out-of-pocket expenses to be?
Our school strives to have no “hidden costs” or unexpected expenses for the student. All your books, note packets, and massage supplies are accounted for in your tuition cost and listed on the Admissions page of this website, as well as in our catalog. The expenses that are not included in the tuition are:
* Textbooks: The cost of your textbooks including your 'Student Handbook' are $300.
* Massage table: You will eventually need to purchase a massage table to use at home and for your future practice. We advise students to wait until they are in class for at least a month so they can better know which type of table to get and what table will fit their budget. There are many resources for purchasing tables. Table costs can range between $200 and $600.
* MBLEX Exam Fee: Once you graduate you will need to register to take the Pre-Licensure Exam. The fee for this exam is currently $195.
* NC State Licensure Application: Once you have passed your licensure exam, you must apply for a license to practice in your state. In North Carolina, the application for licensure is $150 plus a $40 fee for a federal background check.
Is the WNC School of Massage accredited for Financial Aid?
The Western North Carolina School of Massage has is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Massage. We will not be accepting Title IV financial aid or grants. We are instead, happy to provide a two-year in-house financing program for our applicants. This way we are able to reach a wider group of students who are passionate about the massage profession. We believe that your dreams should not be limited by your means.
Will I receive my diploma at graduation, even if I am on a two-year payment plan?
Yes! It is easier for a student to continuing paying for their education when they can go ahead and begin their career after graduation. Your state university does the same thing.
Where are you located?
The WNCSOM is easy to find and is located in the heart of West Asheville near Dobra Tea. The spacious, light-filled main classroom accommodates 18 students plus a teacher comfortably, while our treatment rooms are perfect for practicing your student clinics. Our students have access to the facility’s large classroom, six spacious student clinic/treatment rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and ample FREE parking at the church across the street, first lot only.
How do I become licensed after I graduate?
In North Carolina, massage practitioners (LMBT’s) are licensed under the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy. In order to become licensed, applicants must complete a state-approved massage licensing program of at least 500 hours and pass and an exam given by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (MBLEX). The licensing examination consists of a written multiple-choice test. (For more information about the exam visit www.fsmtb.org).
After passing the exam, you apply to the NC state board (BMBT.org) for a license to practice Massage Therapy. (For more information about North Carolina licensing visit
How do you cover so much material in 600 hours, where many other schools take longer?
Our small classes and individual attention allow us to effectively cover the material in a shorter time period.
Why don't we learn Yoga?
"I do not fear the man who practices 10,000 kicks, I fear the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee
We focus on one thing, you practicing your massage techniques for 600 hours, which includes stretches for your clients, to become a successful licensed massage and bodywork therapist. After you graduate, proficient in your massage therapy skills, we offer more than 32 continuing education courses add specialties to your technique.
Why don't you offer nutrition or herbalism?
Both are outside the scope of practice as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in NC.
Why don't you have a longer list of instructors?
The more instructors the less time each instructor has with you. We want to spend the necessary amount of time learning your study habits, learning styles, attitudes, and development challenges to thoroughly activate your potential. "I learned a lot from my teachers" is what we want to hear, not "my teachers really know their stuff". It takes more than being a subject matter expert to be a good teacher, a lot more. We focus on quality instruction by a few great teachers who know you as a student very well. We teach students courses, not courses to students.
Do you Accept Credit Transfer?
We are unable to accept transfer credits from other educational institutions.