Hey Big K,
I went to the Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT), one of the best massage schools in the country (according to most magazines, websites, reviews, etc.....and according to ME, I LOVED it there!!!). www.ucmt.com
I believe is where you can find my school.
I did a basic, regular massage therapy program, which was really good, and it was about 6 months. Then I did an advanced Sports Massage Therapy program that was another 5 months.
We studied: Sports Nutrition, Kinesiology, Neurology, Biochemistry, Sports Psychology, Sports Physiology, Russian Sports Massage, Athletic Taping, and other stuff.
In my regular massage program we learned Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Russian Sports Massage, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, and many other things, including anatomy physiology, and business classes like marketing. We also did infant massage, chair massage, touch for health, and other things.
I set academic records in my school and was the only one in the entire school to go through both programs with a 4.0 and perfect attendance for those 11 months. I also set records in our clinical internship program, doing more massages than anyone in our walk-in clinic, during the time I was there.
It seems silly, but I was more motivated than anyone in the whole State it seemed like!
Every state has different requirements for licensing, but there is also a national license in the US that works for nearly all states.
I know California has very low requirements, but most places require at least 1000 hours. I had 1278 hours, but that is from both programs combined. My initial 6-moth program was something like 715 hours, so it wouldn't be enough for some states.
So you just have to look into it.
Anyway, I gotta role now, catch you later.