Birmingham School of Massage

Prospective Students

A Letter to Future Massage Therapy Students in Alabama

BSM is excited to welcome our future massage therapy students in Alabama. Please read the letter from our faculty members.

Dear prospective student,

We are delighted you are considering a career in massage therapy. The future for massage therapists appears bright since the demand for massage therapists has never been greater, and career possibilities abound. The field of massage therapy offers new doors of opportunity for those dedicated individuals seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of others through improved health. Therapists apply their skills to assist clients in managing stress, recovering from injuries, and maintaining wellness.
Massage therapy is one of the fastest developing healthcare professions in the world and continues to gain respect and acceptance from physicians, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers. Recognized for its therapeutic effects, massage therapy is being incorporated into many conventional medical treatment routines as an adjunct therapy.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than one-third of Americans sought alternative therapies for serious medical conditions. Studies indicate that massage therapy ranked in the top three therapies sought by Americans for relief from stress and pain. In addition, massage therapy is increasingly used by amateur and professional athletes to enhance performance and speed up recovery from injuries.
Our training program consists of 650 hours, culminating in dual certificates with the student earning certifications in both massage therapy and the advanced neuromuscular therapy technique. Unlike many massage therapy schools, the Birmingham School of Massage includes dual certification within its core curriculum.

LaDonna Ward and Stephanie Poss Dobbins
Massage Therapy Session

There’s a wide range of employment opportunities for massage therapists. Job positions are available in locations such as:

  • Massage Offices and Private Practices
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Centers
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Health Clubs
  • Fitness Centers
  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Cruise Ships
  • Beauty and Hair Salons
  • Pain Management Centers
  • Sports Team Facilities

1. To train students to work as massage therapists
2. To prepare students to assess and treat human body disorders using massage principles and techniques
3. To provide students with sufficient information, demonstration, and practice for them to perform massage procedures competently and safely
4. To give students the information and knowledge they need to understand the profession’s business, marketing, budgeting, insurance, advertising, ethical and legal principles, issues, and concerns
5. To enable students to effectively communicate the benefits and advisability of massage to clients, healthcare providers, and the general public
6. To equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to start and manage a private practice


  • Day Class 6 Month Program : Monday – Thursday 830-3PM
  • Night Class 9 Month Program : Monday – Thursday 6PM-10PM
  • 12 Saturdays Required from 730-2PM (Day & Night)

Class Schedule

Beginning Date: September 14, 2020
Drop Date: October 13, 2020
Ending Date: February 26, 2021
Beginning Date: September 14, 2020
Drop Date: October 13, 2020
Ending Date: June 11, 2021
Beginning Date: March 15, 2021
Drop Date: April 16, 2021
Ending Date: August 20, 2021
Beginning Date: September 13, 2021
Drop Date: October 12, 2021
Ending Date: February 25, 2022
Beginning Date: September 13, 2021
Drop Date: October 12, 2021
Ending Date: June 10, 2022

Beginning Date: September 12, 2022
Drop Date: October 11, 2022
Ending Date: February 24, 2023


Day Class 6-Month Program Monday – Thursday 8:30-3:00PM

12 Saturdays Required From 7:30-2:00PM (Day & Night)

Beginning Date: September 12, 2022
Drop Date: September 11, 2022
Ending Date: June 9, 2023


Night Class 9-Month Program Monday – Thursday 6:00-10:00PM

12 Saturdays Required From 7:30-2:00PM (Day & Night)

Beginning Date: March 13, 2023
Drop Date: April 11, 2023
Ending Date: August 18, 2023

Click here for a printable version of the Fall 2020–2023 calendar.

Application and Enrollment Procedures

To attend BSM, please do the following:

1. Print the application and fill it out, front and back.
2. Submit the application with a character reference from a friend, family member, or loved one.
3. Pay a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
4. Contact us at (205) 414-1477 to schedule a mandatory interview and school tour.

Tuition Fee: $8,500.00

Additional Required Expenses:
  • Massage Table Packages – $420.00-$800.00 (Please do not purchase a table before being orientated to attend school due to specific measurement requirements.)
  • Sheet Sets – Prices Vary (Min. Four Twin Sets)
  • 2 Professional Massages – $140.00 ($70.00 each thru BSM)
  • Books, Massage Crème, and Holster – $510.00

BSM Tuition Payment Options

  • Option 1:  $8,075 – Pay tuition in full to receive 5% discount.
  • Option 2: $4,250 + $150 Admin Fee / 5 monthly payments of $850.
  • Option 3: $4,250 + $250 Admin Fee / 8 monthly payments of $531.25.

Post-Graduation Payment Option

*Option 4: $5000 + $1000 Admin Fee / 12 monthly payments of $292 to begin 30 days after graduation.


*Co-signer must accompany these options.

Click here to view our tuition payment options in printable format.

Admin Fee – Fee charged to cover costs associated with maintaining the student ledger (record-keeping.)

Accepted Forms of Payment

Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmExpress

Personal Loans for Partial or Full Amount

Call Wells Fargo at (256) 737-5590 and ask for Tamara to complete your application over the phone. The approval process usually takes less than 30 minutes. Remember to tell them that LaDonna Ward referred you and that you require a personal loan in the amount you need. Leave a message if she is not available, and she will call you back.
You can also call Regions Bank at (205) 326-5151 and ask for Brett to fill out your application over the phone.

Pay Your Tuition Online

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