Massage and Physical Therapy Aide - Training Program
Start your career in the Massage & Physical Therapy field

Career training for a job as a massage and physical therapy aide

In this hands-on therapeutic job training program for health professionals, you learn the skills needed to provide services for occupational and physical therapies. This 8-9 month program teaches different massage modalities, exercises for range of motion and mobility. You will also learn about common disorders and treatments along with human anatomy.  Once you graduate, we’ll help you find a job in the massage therapy and physical therapy occupational fields.


What you’ll learn in the Massage & Physical Therapy Aide  job training program:

  • Biological Fundamentals for Health
  • Common Disorders and Treatments
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Massage Theory & Practice
  • Administrative Techniques
  • Customer Service

Download the course curriculum for Massage & Physical Therapy Aide


FAQ about the Massage & Physical Therapy Aide training program:

Where do the Massage & Physical Therapy Aide job training classes take place?
Train to be a massage therapist or physical therapist aide at CET’s campus in Salinas. In addition to classroom learning, you’ll have access to a full working lab with conventional equipment such as massage tables, equipment needed for physical and occupational rehabilitation, and other fitness related items for hands-on learning.
How long does it take to finish the massage and therapy aide job training program?
With 30 hours a week of attendance, students usually finish the 900 hour program in 8-9 months.
When does the next class start?
Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
After taking the massage therapy and physical therapy aide classes, what types of jobs can I find?
When you are trained in holistic body work and fitness, you’re qualified for a variety of jobs in the field, including:
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Massage Therapist
  • Fitness Trainer
How soon after graduation will I start working as an aide?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field has a bright outlook with higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for therapy aides where you live, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as a in the massage, physical or occupational therapy field?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as massage therapists. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live, the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much machinists earn in your region, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” Wages & Employment Trends* For Physical Therapy Aide.
Median wages 2017 $19.23 hourly, $39,990 annual
Employment 2016 160,000 employees
Projected job openings 2016-2026 22,600

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to

How much does it cost and how can I pay for this therapy aide job training program?
It costs $15,249, including books, project supplies and tools. If you qualify for financial aid, payments can be as low as $50 per month.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process
How big are the massage therapy and physical therapy aide classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any certificates needed by employers?
The Massage & Physical Therapy Aide class certifies to an employer that you are ready for an entry level position in the holistic and therapeutic industry.
What do I need to get started with the therapy aide job training program? Are there any high school math classes I need to get started?
No. CET’s massage therapy and physical therapy aide school will provide you with basic skills instruction that includes vocational English and math. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for massage & physical therapy aide in my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets.*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. The Massage & Physical Therapy Aide job training program is offered at the following locations:

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.