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Massage Apprentice Program

Have you always wanted to become a massage therapist? 

Have you considered an apprenticeship program while you can earn while learning? 

Becoming an apprentice allows you to learn directly from a successful business owner and massage therapist. You get an up-close & personal view of what makes a successful massage career!

About Your Instructor: Hi! I am Joleen Cullens! I have been a licensed massage therapist since 1998 and have run my own successful practice for almost 2 decades. I have been a passionate teacher since 2008. I launched the apprentice program in the fall of 2022.

Because I have gotten such great results for my clients and business, I feel confident and enthusiastic about providing you with a highly successful, meaningful start to your career!

"Doing an apprenticeship with Joleen was the best decision I could have made for my business.


I looked at other options in my area, and Joleen was the only option that really helped me focus on prenatal massage during the apprenticeship, as well as adjusting to my schedule.


Her flexibility allowed me to study, be a mom, and run a business all at the same time.


Joleen not only is amazing at giving a massage, but also teaching, sharing, and helping you find your personal flow and style of massage.


I worked with many other professionals in other fields that Joleen invited to come over and teach, so my education was well-balanced.


I couldn’t imagine having had the same educational experience elsewhere and would do it all over again if I had the chance."

Eva Cooper LMT

How does this program work?

This apprenticeship is an in-person training based out of Northern Utah.

The DOPL (Department of Professional Licensing) oversees the administration of this program. 

To get started, you purchase the curriculum (I will direct you on that process, if you decide to leave my program the curriculum follows you) and you apply with DOPL with my instructor information and your fingerprints.

These steps will make you official and ready to get started.

Earning $ - In researching other apprenticeships around the country, you’ll find it is nearly impossible to apprentice under a massage business owner while ALSO earning significant money. You will earn 35% of client revenue for clinical hours - plus tips!

By law, the program lasts for at least a year with 1000 hours required. This year I am planning to do 15 months for the training. I do require that 2 students start the program simultaneously. 

…There is incredible growth happening in the massage & bodywork industry right now! More and more people are looking for alternative healthcare and self-care than ever before. Come and get your first-rate education and business training in Utah.

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* 310 hours of hands on instruction

* 300 hours of clinical/client services

* 125 hours of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology

* 120 hours of techniques

* 50 hours of massage theory

* 40 hours of pathology

* 40 hours of ethics and business

* 15 hours of sanitation, CPR & 1st aid

(These are the required hours by law)


Tuition – $14,000


You can pay up front or make monthly payments for up to 16 months (which breaks it down to $875/month). You will also earn 35% plus tips for clinical hours (this equals $21/hr). This is a very rare opportunity to make money while you are learning the trade. You can put this towards your tuition if you would prefer, though it won't cover the whole amount (it could cover about half of it or more, depending on tips). You could also pay some up front and break down monthly payments for the remainder of the balance.

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The massage industry is a growing field with many specialization options to choose from. All alternative health industries are booming. You have so many options when it comes to potential work settings, between working for yourself or for a spa, clinic, or wellness center. You can work part-time or full-time with flexible hours. Helping others feel better is immensely fulfilling and rewarding! The possibilities for growth in the field are endless. GREAT income potential exists, especially for those with an entrepreneurial spirit! Training is fast, affordable, and you are entering a fun career!

Benefits of the
apprentice program

* 1000 hr program for at least 1 year - I am planning to extend the program to 15 months this time around.
* The program is overseen by DOPL (department of professional licensing)
* Intimate small group learning experience
* Start a career in a growing field
* Get a great start on your own business
* Earn money for working on the public with required clinical hours - 35% - $21/hr plus tips.

Frequently Asked Questions


How many hours am I required to work on the public in a clinical setting and can I earn money while doing this?


The state requires 300 hours of hands on practice, which are done when I am on the premises. You will likely have the opportunity to get more than the required hours. You can earn money while doing these hours as well. You make 32% - $21/hr plus tips. 

Will my license be valid to use in other states?

If you plan on moving sometime in the future you will want to check the rules and regulations with the state/area you are planning on moving to. Every state has different requirements. Generally, 1000 hours is more than enough to cover the requirements of most states.​

What kind of payment options are there?

You can pay it all up front or make monthly payments (up to 16 monthly payments). You could also put some money down and then pay some monthly as well. The first months payment is also a deposit to hold your spot and is not refundable if you decide to not continue the program. Funding opportunities may be available. 

What If I decide the program is not for me and I want to discontinue?

Both you and I have the right to end the agreement in writing if we decide it is not a good fit for either of us. If you do for some reason need to terminate the training within the first 30 days, I will keep the first payment and refund all other tuition that has been paid. If you decide to terminate anytime throughout the year after the first 30 days, I will refund the prorated amount after what has already been paid to that specific date.

Where do you get the materials for the training?

I use a curriculum that has been pre-approved by DOPL (Department of Professional Licensing). You will need this before applying with DOPL. You are required to buy books ( 3 total). I have many optional books available for you to check-out. Some of them you may want to purchase to refer back to, as they are a great resource. A lot of information is also now available on a Google classroom setup.

About how many hours a week would this program require of my time? 

Expect to work approximately 20 hrs each week. Study time versus clinical time will vary week to week. We will have a set weekly schedule. Some online work can be done at your own pace during the week, as long as the assignments are finished when requested. 

Are there additional fees?


  • Application fee with DOPL- $65

  • Completion Application- $90 

  • MBLEX test to get your license once you have completed your hours of training- $265

  • Curriculum- $250

  • Books (only 3 required and any additional ones you want for your own resources)- $180

  • CPR training- $55

  • Student insurance for the year- $65 


You may also need to buy extra supplies along the way. I do provide some but there is a limited amount. 

All fees are up-front fees except the licensing and test fees which are paid once you complete the training. These fees are not included in the tuition cost and are subject to changes.

The additional fees listed add up to approx. $970.​

Why is this program the Best Option?

About Me (Your Main Instructor):

I've been working in the field since 1997. I have worked for chiropractors, salons, spas and owned my own practice most of that time. I have lots of teaching experience from teaching dance, yoga and infant massage for years. I am super passionate and I'm excited to share my knowledge. 

Other massage therapist instructors come in to teach modalities that I do not specialize in. So you’ll learn from other professionals in the field to gain different perspectives.

You will also go on field trips to experience various holistic treatments such as: ifloat therapy, hyperbaric chamber, cryotherapy, etc.

You will also have the opportunity to learn anatomy in a real cadaver lab.

Again, the ability to earn while you learn through your hands on clinic hours is a rare opportunity that most students do not have. Imagine having most of the program paid off, before you even have your license!

What modalities will I learn in this training?


  • Swedish (the most common type of massage which you will learn in depth)

  • Chair massage 

  • Reflexology

  • Hot Stones 

  • Warm Bamboo 

  • Prenatal massage

  • Infant massage

  • Deep Tissue

  • Sports massage

  • Trigger Point

  • Cupping therapy (fire & silicone)

  • Structural Integration

  • Myofascial Release

  • Thai massage

  • Lomi Lomi

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Chakra balancing

  • Cranial sacral therapy

  • Arvigo massage

  • Sarga massage

  • Gyrokinesis

  • Ashiatsu

  • Ayurvedic theory

  • Acupressure & Oriental theory

  • Spa wraps and scrubs

  • Ear candling

  • Kinesiology taping

  • Gua sha

  • Aromatherapy

I tend to add more options along the way. You will obviously learn some of these in more detail than others. You can then decide to further your education in specific areas you’re interested in when you finish the training. You will leave the training with enough knowledge to offer a basic service for most of these but some you will just be exposed to them to know they exist. You will also get to experience a variety of self-care experiences included in the training cost. Self- care is a must to be effective in this field long-term. I can teach you the best practices for longevity in this career. 

How long does the average massage therapist last in this field?


The average career life of a massage therapist is 5-7 years. I can teach you the best practices for longevity as I have over 25 years experience. Self care practices are a must, so this information is included in the program as well.

Are there supplies that you provide? 

I provide 1 pump bottle and 1 bottle holster. These can be taken home and used but need to be brought back for classroom time and clinical hours. I will also provide sheets, face rest covers, carrier oil, essential oils and other related supplies for education and clinical hours that can be used during the training. If you want more of these supplies or you want to try different options you will need to provide them yourself. I provide a massage table to practice on but it is not yours to keep. I don't include a massage table because the one you want may depend on what you want to specialize in. I also have pens and some paper to use while you are here but you may want to bring your own.  

Are there supplies that I need to provide?

A massage table will be provided at my space during the time that you are being trained and practicing clinical hours that will stay at my place of business. If you want to have one of your own you will need to buy that for yourself. You will need to supply your own extra supplies if you want more than what I offer or you want to try different supplies.

This is a life changing decision! ​​


Your next steps to a thriving career as a massage therapist are to book an inquiry call, so we can chat about your future in the massage field. I’m here to guide you every step of the way.​


Joleen Cullens


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