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

Our Massage Therapy Program Objectives

1. Train students to work as massage therapists
2. Prepare students to assess and treat human body disorders using massage principles and techniques
3. Provide students with sufficient information, demonstration, and practice for them to perform massage procedures competently and safely
4. 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. Enable students to effectively communicate the benefits and advisability of massage to clients, healthcare providers, and the general public
6. Equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to start and manage a private practice


Day Class (6 Month Program, Spring or Fall Start Dates)
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 3:00 PM

Night Class (9 Month Program, Fall Only)

Monday – Thursday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Student clinic requires 12 Saturdays from 7:30 AM – 2 PM for day and night classes. This starts approximately 7 weeks into the program.

Class Schedule

Beginning Date: September 18, 2023
Drop Date: October 17, 2023
Ending Date: March 1, 2024

Beginning Date: September 18, 2023
Drop Date: October 17, 2023
Ending Date: June 14, 2024

Beginning Date: March 11, 2024
Drop Date: April 9, 2024
Ending Date: August 16, 2024

Beginning Date: September 9, 2024
Drop Date: October 8, 2024
Ending Date: February 21, 2025

Beginning Date: September 9, 2024
Drop Date: October 8, 2024
Ending Date: June 6, 2025

Beginning Date: March 10, 2025
Drop Date: April 8, 2025
Ending Date: August 15, 2025

Beginning Date: September 15, 2025
Drop Date: October 14, 2025
Ending Date: February 27, 2026

Beginning Date: September 15, 2025
Drop Date: October 14, 2025
Ending Date: June 12, 2026

Beginning Date: March 16, 2026
Drop Date: April 14, 2026
Ending Date: August 21, 2026

Click here for a printable version of the Fall 2023–2026 calendar.

Application and Enrollment Procedures

To attend BSM, please do the following:

1. Print and complete application .
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 oriented 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

Financial Options: Apply for a personal loan from any financial institute you choose.

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.

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