You may find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the esthetics and massage therapy programs and professions below:

Q & A's regarding the Esthetician Programs and Profession

Q: What is an esthetician and what do they do?

A: An esthetician is a skin care specialist and is licensed to perform facials, waxing, and makeup artistry services. Estheticians can be found working in various environments including salons; day and destination spas; dermatology and plastic surgery practices; and retail or educational environments.

Q: How long does it take to complete the esthetician training program?

A: Both 600 and 300 Hour Esthetician programs are available at the Elizabeth Grady School. 600 hours programs take anywhere from 5-12 months to complete depending upon the schedule and 300 hours can be completed in as little as ten weeks. Flexible day and evening schedules are available.

Q: How many hours are required to become licensed?

A: Current requirements in the State of Massachusetts are 300 hours. Surrounding states (Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and New York) all require 600 hours as does 80% of the United States.

Although only 300 hours is required in Massachusetts, the Elizabeth Grady School recommends 600 hours for most students. Students with college degrees in a related field of study such as health care or professionals in related fields such as cosmetology, massage therapy, or health and wellness may prefer 300 hours. However, advancements in equipment and ingredient technology over the years have provided a need for more education to be competitive in today’s professional market.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The 600 Hour Esthetician program cost is $9,500.00 and includes textbooks, uniforms, and all products and supplies. A variety of discounts are available. 300 hours costs $6800.00

Q: What’s available for financial aid for esthetician programs?

A: 600 HOURS/2012-2013: Independent students could qualify for up to $6333.00 in federal loans and up to $3700.00 in federal Pell grants. Dependent students can qualify for up to $3666.00 in federal loans, up to $3700.00 in federal Pell grants, and parent PLUS loans are also available and are credit based loans available to parents of dependent students.

300 HOURS/ 2012-2013: Independent students can qualify for up to $3167.00 in federal loans. Grants are not available for 300-hour programs. Dependent students can qualify for up to $1834.00 in federal loans and parent PLUS loans are also available and are credit based loans available to parents of dependent students.

Q: What is required for me to get my esthetician license?

A: Upon successful completion of your program at the Elizabeth Grady School, you will be eligible to take your State Board Examination. In Massachusetts, students successfully completing 300 hours and meeting school requirements may elect to take their exam. The State Board Exam in Massachusetts consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, a hands-on facial and waxing demonstration, and a makeup application. Prior to graduation, all Elizabeth Grady students are provided a special State Board Review class to prepare the student to pass their exam. If you plan to become licensed in another state, contact the state Division of Professional Licensure to determine that state’s requirements for esthetician licensing as they vary from state to state.

Q: Is advanced education available for licensed estheticians?

A: In today’s industry when it comes to education, more is better. A variety of advanced programs are available throughout the year. Check the calendar for upcoming classes or call the Admissions Dept. at 781-960-0123.

Q & A's regarding the Massage Therapy Programs and Profession

Q: What does a massage therapist do?

A: A massage therapist utilizes hands-on techniques to manipulate superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Massage then aids in the body’s natural healing processes while promoting relaxation and well-being. Massage therapists can be found working in a variety of professional environments including private practice, physician’s offices, rehabilitation centers, wellness centers, day and destination spas, and educational environments.

Q: How long does it take to complete the massage therapy training?

A: Massage therapy programs at Elizabeth Grady are 650 or 750 hours in length (the 750 hour program includes all spa therapies). Depending upon the schedule, students can complete a therapeutic massage program in less than six months. Flexible day and evening schedules are available.

Q: How much does it cost to go to massage therapy school?

A: The 650 Hour Massage Therapy program cost is $11,500.00 and the 750 hour massage therapy program is $12,500.00. Both programs include textbooks, uniforms, and all products and supplies with the exception of a massage table for at home practice. Certain discounts may apply.

Q: What’s available for financial aid for massage therapy programs?

A: Independent students/750 Hours: Can qualify for up to $7917.00 in federal loans and $4845.00 in federal grants. Dependent students/750 Hours: Can qualify for up to $4583.00 in federal loans, $4845.00 in grants, and parent PLUS loans are also available.

Independent students/650 Hours: Can qualify for up to $6861.00 in federal loans and $4200.00 in federal grants. Dependent students/650 Hours: Can qualify for up to $3972.00 in federal loans, $4200.00 in grants, and parent PLUS loans are also available.

You can learn more about Financial Aid by phoning our Financial Aid Administrator at 781-960-0114.

Q: What is required for me to get my massage therapy license?

A: In Massachusetts, students must successfully complete 650 hours in a school recognized by the State. Upon successful completion, graduates are required to complete an application for licensure. This application is available on line at the Massachusetts State Board of Massage Therapy. A CORI (criminal offense record inquiry) is required along with proof of education, liability insurance (available through membership with a professional organization such as the ABMP or AMTA), letters of recommendation, and the appropriate fees. If you are planning on becoming licensed in another state, please contact the Division of Professional Licensure in that state to determine their requirements as they vary from state to state.

Q: Is advanced education available for massage therapists?

A: Advanced education is available to massage graduates and continuing education is recommended. The graduate coming out of the Elizabeth Grady massage therapy program will have received a comprehensive education that includes a broad range of massage modalities, including but not limited to: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric, and Oncology Massage. A variety of other complimentary modalities are presented and many students choose to continue to explore them as continuing education after graduation.

 

 

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