Frequently Asked Questions

Zion Massage College offers you an Ivy League quality education in Massage Therapy, Bodywork and Postural Alignment.

At ZMC, we blend the very best of Western Medical Science based massage and bodywork techniques with effective hands on therapies from around the world.

ZMC’s curriculum is heavily focused on practical and experiential education so that you emerge from the program as a highly skilled expert in the field of massage therapy and bodywork.

ZMC’s classes take into consideration the individual learning styles of each of our students. Classes combine elements of Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Tactile to provide you with an engaging and rewarding learning experience where you succeed!

As a student at ZMC, you can also participate in Prana Trips, these are additional educational opportunities that carry no extra cost for you. Prana trips include a study abroad trip to either Thailand or Nepal, where you study and explore traditional health practices, personal growth seminars, meditation and backpacking trips, canyoneering and a variety of activities where you can add additional depth to your knowledge base

After graduation, we provide you with continued support, including continuing education opportunities, career counseling and placement and, an opportunity to work as a team member within the Zion Massage College family.

Yes! Zion Massage College is proud to be institutionally accredited through the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and to hold the designation of Assigned School with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The contact information for these prestigious organizations are www.comta.org and ncbtmb.org.

The official program length is 12 months. However, many students combine day and evening classes to complete the 900 hour professional massage therapy program is as little as 7 months.

Because of the nature of hands on training, ZMC keeps its class sizes small, typically 10-14 students per class. Occasionally classes are combined so that students on campus can get to know each other.

Zion Massage College offers its students a world class education at an affordable price.

ZMC has flexible financing options.

PAYING FOR YOUR EDUCATION AT ZION MASSAGE COLLEGE:

  • Student Loan Option:
    You can obtain a student loan through MACU  by visiting:www.macu.com. Make sure to choose their student loan option.
  • Payment Plan Option:
    ZMC has a no interest/no fee payment plan, which requires $2,000 down. We recommend making payments as you progress through the program. However, the remaining tuition balance is simply due before graduation. There are no fees or interest charged to students that participate in the ZMC payment plan option. We are committed to helping you obtain a debt free education and a viable career!
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funding Option:
    ZMC is approved for funding through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for students that qualify for this service.
  • GI BILL Award Option:
    ZMC is approved for funding through the G.I. Bill for students that qualify for this service.
  • Tuition Discount Award Option:
    ZMC awards tuition discounts of between $1,000 to $2,000 to individuals with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please submit a one to two page essay (sent to: Rebecca Farraway, Admissions Director at rebecca@zionmassagecollege.com. The essay should address the following three questions: Why you want to become a massage therapist? How you plan to use your education in massage therapy. How will the scholarship help you?

Our Graduation Gift To You!

As a student at ZMC, you can also participate in the Capstone Graduation “Prana” Experience where you can choose to participate in one of the following three options at no additional charge*:

*In order to qualify to participate in the Graduation Experience, students must meet the requirements listed below the Experience options.

Option #1: Chiang Mai, Thailand:

Includes: Thai Massage Training, flight (2 days travel) and guest house accommodation.

Students are responsible for their own meals, in town travel to and from training (walking is also an option), any additional elective training, excursions or elective activities, and incidentals such as souvenirs and personal items.

Option #2: Khatmandu, Nepal:

Includes: 3 Day Singing Bowl Training, 5 days guided trekking in the Himalayas, flight, (2.5 days travel), and guest house/hotel stay.

Students are responsible for their own meals, in town travel to and from training (walking is also an option), any additional elective training, excursions or elective activities, and incidentals such as souvenirs and personal items.

Option #3: United States (location of city varies):

Tony Robbin’s Acclaimed Personal Growth Seminar, Unleash The Power Within! Includes: 3.5 day UPW training, flight to event, hotel stay.

Students are responsible for the payment of their own meals, in town travel to and from training (walking is also an option), any additional elective training, excursions or elective activities, and incidentals such as souvenirs and personal items.

All students must meet academic, attendance and ethical/behavioral requirements in order to qualify to attend field trips with ZMC.

Requirements for Attendance in the Graduation Prana Experience are:

  1. Successfully complete ZMC’s 900 hour Professional Massage Therapy Program before registering for the Graduation Experience.
  2. Maintain a 90% or greater attendance in all classes*
  3. Maintain an 85% or greater score in all classes.*
  4. Be free from all disciplinary action and violations of school policy.*
  5. Be free from any instances of “no-showing” on appointments in the clinical internship. (Even one unexcused no-show will disqualify a student from attending the graduation experience.)
  6. Have no more than 3 instances of tardiness.
  7. Agree to maintain and uphold ZMC policies, code of conduct and standards while on the graduation experience.
  8. Sign and agree to the ZMC liability waiver and trip participation agreement forms.
  9. Full tuition must be paid before attending the Capstone Graduation “Prana” Experience.
  10. If attending a graduation experience outside the U.S., you must obtain a passport and present a copy of the passport upon registering for the experience. (Additionally, your passport must not expire within 6 months of the start of your graduation experience.)
  11. Complete the entirety of ZMC’s 900 hour Massage Therapy Program within a one-year/12 month time frame.
  12. Complete the Capstone Graduation “Prana” Experience within 6 months of graduation.**

Clarification and Intent ZMC’s Graduation Experience:

* Please note that the graduation Experience is a benefit for students that demonstrate excellence within the program. This an award and a symbol of the student’s demonstration of academic excellence. If at any point in the student’s education attendance drops below 90%, final course scores drop below 85% or a student violates school conduct code or policies, the student will be disqualified from the graduation award experience. It is reasonable for every dedicated student to earn this award.

Along with greater cultural and self-understanding, this graduation award gives our graduates additional complementary and continuing education experience. The graduation award experience is not an entitlement nor is it a part of the core 900 hour program. Again, this is a post-graduation recognition reward for students that meet all requirements in demonstrating academic and personal excellence. If a student fails to meet the requirements for the award by: falling below 90% in attendance in his/her classes, receiving a final course score of less than 85% or by violating school policy, the student will no longer be eligible to attend a Graduation Experience.

**Once an eligible ZMC graduate selects a graduation experience and flights are purchased, the student must continue with the chosen graduation experience or may choose to forgo the graduation experience. Attendance cannot be transferred to another graduation experience once a trip is selected and agreed upon by the student and ZMC.

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The amount that a Licensed Massage Therapists will earn varies based on the following factors:

  1. The amount that you charge for a treatment session (if you work for yourself)
  2. The percentage or dollar amount that you are paid by an employer. This can be an hourly wage or a per appointment amount. Typically, a per appointment amount is much higher than a standard 8 hour shift with a consistent hourly rate.
  3. Tipping and its inclusion or exclusion in your work. For example, in spa and private practice settings, Massage Therapists often receive tips in addition to an hourly or per appointment wage. In Medical settings therapists often work for a set amount and do not receive tips.

We have seen employers pay our graduates as much as $72.00 per one-hour appointment and know of employers that pay as little as $17.00 per one hour appointment.  At Zion Massage College, we pay our Licensed Massage Therapists a starting amount of $27.00 per one-hour appointment. After six months we pay our LMT’s $30.00 per one hour appointment. LMT’s also receive tips from clients. Our LMT’s report that they earn an average of $45.00 per one-hour massage therapy session and typically perform between 4-7 massages per day, 5 days per week. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the 2017 median pay for Licensed  Massage Therapists at $19.23 per hour. You can click here to see the U.S. Department of Labor’s full report on the median pay for LMTs.

To learn more, please contact ZMC’s Admissions Department at 435-359-9825 or by email @ rebecca@zionmassagecollege.com

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