The Professional Massage Therapy Program 

HHI’s CAMTC-Certified 550 hour curriculum


The Hands on Healing Institute believes in using the connection between the mind, body and spirit to facilitate healing  – for ourselves and for our clients.  Learning the mechanics of massage is not enough – when the heart and soul of a therapist are engaged in a session, amazing transformation can happen.  During the Professional Massage Therapy program you will be taught how to connect to and help catalyze healing in your client using:

  • Educated touch combined with therapeutic intention

  • Grounding, Centering and healthy Boundaries skills

  • Present-Centered Awareness


You will be learning from teachers who practice what they teach and love sharing their knowledge.

We have created a loving, safe environment for you to learn and grow…spiritually, emotionally and physically.  You will learn much about yourself, your bodies and your emotions.  Our students tell us that their experience at HHI is life changing. We have often heard our therapists say they feel as good as their clients after giving a massage.

The Core Curriculum – 450 hours


The first 450 hours of school gives you a broad foundational understanding of massage techniques, emotional intelligence training, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and business skills – the things that professional MT’s need to know about. You start by learning classic ‘Swedish massage’ for relaxation. Next you learn the HHI brand of therapeutic deep tissue massage. We also teach everyone Pregnancy massage, an East Asian bodywork style [for example – Thai, Acupressure, or Shiatsu], an introduction to Energy work [possibly Reiki or Polarity], Chair massage, and a Myofascial Release technique. We believe that even if you never do some of those techniques in your practice, the exposure to the basic ideas gives you a literacy of touch that will help you to develop your own artistry – because each therapist creates their own style of self-expression through the work. The material covered in the Core Curriculum will prepare you to take the MBLEx exam.


Student Clinic – 50 to 75 hours


Students say that they are never as popular as when they are in massage school – friends and family all want to be your ‘practice body’! Student Clinic provides a transition between working on people who already love and support you, to a job with clients who expect you to be perfect. The Student Clinic clients know that you are students, and so they are more understanding. A teacher is always there for you to consult before – or during – a session, so new bodies are easier to assess quickly. Going to work will not be so daunting after you have done the clinic hours – and the Student Clinic experience on your resume will help you get that job!


Elective – 50 to 25 hours 


HHI has many continuing education classes, which you take some of to design your beginning education to your own interests. Massage therapists come back to school on a regular basis – to add onto existing skills; develop new interests – and because being in massage school is fun! As you finish your 550 hours, you will be in class with working professionals who have come back home to recharge their batteries.

MT450 Core Class Schedule 2020


MT450 Core DAY Class (Session #1)

Dates: March 16 Class Begins

Regular Schedule: Monday – Friday 9:30am-1:30pm


MT450 Core DAY Class (Session #2)

Dates: Exact dates pending


Regular Schedule: Monday – Friday 9:30am-1:30pm

Please Note: All classes must have a minimum of 6 students to begin and are maxed at 20. If we do not have the minimum number of students by the scheduled start date, we may need to postpone allowing more time for enrollments.


MT450 Core NIGHT Class 

Dates: Exact dates pending


Regular Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-10:30pm & alternating Saturdays 9am-6:15pm



Subject                                                  Lecture          Lab Hours        Clock Hours


*Medical Terminology                          8                     0                         8

*Anatomy & Physiology                       49                    0                        49

*Contraindications                              32                    0                         32

*Health/Hygiene                                   14                     0                         14

*Ethics                                                   23                     0                        23

Swedish Massage                                0                     160                      160

Therapeutic Deep Touch                    0                     136                      136

*Business & Marketing                        20                     0                         20

Chair Massage                                     0                      8                          8


Total Clock Hours: 450


*State Certification requirements

Required: Submit copy of High School Diploma, GED or ATB (Ability to Benefit) test

  • How do I obtain a copy of my high school transcript?

    • In order to obtain a copy of your high school transcript, you should contact the high school from which you graduated or its school district office. School districts are required by law to maintain copies of your high school academic record (transcript). School contact information can be located through the CDE School Directory.

  • How do I obtain a copy of my General Education Development (GED) results?

    • Results of GED exams can be obtained from the State GED Office or call 866-370-4740.

  • How do I obtain a copy of my California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) results?

    • For more information on how to obtain copies of CHSPE, see the CHSPE Results and Transcripts (Outside Source). If you have questions about the CHSPE or your results, you can e-mail or call 916-445-8420.


  • Review & submit filled out Enrollment & Admissions forms.

  • Have a reasonable command of the English language.

  • Be at least eighteen years of age.

  • Be physically fit enough to receive and perform massage.

  • Have a serious intention to help others.

  • Submit color copy of photo ID such as Driver’s License or Passport


Admission is based upon student character, ability to satisfy financial commitments, and ability to complete the coursework as determined by submission of a completed application form, attendance of an Open House or a scheduled interview.


  • MT550 Massage Therapy Program $7,210 + books (Not Included)

  • $100.00 NON-REFUNDABLE Registration Fee

  • $235.00 PARTIALLY REFUNDABLE Student Bundle which includes:

    • NON-REFUNDABLE – ABMP Student Liability Insurance $65.00; HHI Course Manual $42.00

    • REFUNDABLE – Transcript Fee $15.00; Hold All Holster $20.00; ½ gal Biotone Dual Purpose Cream $45.00; Flannel Sheet Set $33.00; HHI Tote Bag $15.00 (Refundable only if unopened, unused, and within 10 days of School receiving written cancellation of drop date.)

  • $6,875.00 REFUNDABLE TUITION FEE – (see Pro-Rated Withdrawal/Refund Policy

BOOKS Required


Please budget approximately $350 for textbooks

BOOKS Recommended




The following is an optional interest-fee payment plan should a student need to pay the tuition in installments:


REGISTRATION              DUE UPON ENROLLMENT                                         $335.00*

1st PAYMENT                 DUE FIRST DAY OF CLASS                                        $875.00

2nd-8th PAYMENT       DUE EVERY THREE WEEKS                                        $750.00


TOTAL                                                                                                           $7,210.00


*Includes Registration Fee and Student Bundle


Credit Cards are accepted over the phone.


Late Fees: A $25.00 late fee will be charged for non-payment of tuition over 3 days late. If an account is delinquent beyond 3 days, a Director’s approval is required in order to continue attending.


Cancellation Fee: A $25.00 cancellation fee will be charged for all returned checks.


Refunds: Elective cancellation requires two days notice in order to be refunded.


There is a $15.00 fee for all returned insufficient fund checks.