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National accreditation is a voluntary process. The ​main purpose of accreditation is to provide student loans. The Department of Education has established basic guidelines for all Postsecondary career schools. This has done as an effort to protect consumers and justify the release of taxpayer backed loans. Accreditation does not establish teaching and curriculum standards or suitability of the facility or even accurate record keeping. All of these conditions must be met by the massage therapy board, local and state licensing boards.

Crystal Mountain Institute is licensed to operate in the State of New Mexico as a Massage Therapy School and is in compliance with the Massage Therapy Practice Act (61-12C-1 to 61-12C-28)

We are recognized by the federal Department of Education (DOE) and we are approved by the New Mexico Department of Higher Education

Approved by Veterans Service Commission
Approved by Workforce Connection


How long has the school had a massage therapy program?

Crystal Mountain is the longest running massage therapy training program in New Mexico. 

What is the teacher/student ratio?
In other words, how many students are admitted to a new class. Our classes are small. If the number of students exceeds 12  then a teaching assistant is assigned to all technique classes to help coach the students.

Are students assigned a faculty adviser?
At Crystal Mountain each student will be assigned a faculty member who will assess the student’s massage skills at different points during the program. These adviser sessions are valuable in providing one on one instruction and guidance to refine the students learning process. The adviser is there to help the student succeed and is available for any school related issue.

How much experience does the teaching faculty have?

Refer to our Faculty Bio page to review our teaching staff.

How is the curriculum designed and delivered?

During Term 1 our curriculum is built on preparing students with an anatomy lab followed by a massage class specific to what was learned in anatomy. Ergonomics, contraindications, client charting, interviewing, ethics and basic physiology are woven around the anatomy and hands on classes. During Term 2 the week is divided into 3 days in the classroom learning more of the classes in Term 1. Other courses such as hydrotherapy, business, first aid/CPR/AED and Mblex review will be presented. The other 2 days of the week the student's will begin working their Clinic Practicum.

What is the pass on national board exams for obtaining a Massage Therapist's license?

Most states require licensing in order to practice massage. In addition to licensing, most states including New Mexico have adopted an exam called the Mblex as the qualifying entry exam. The Mblex exam was created as an entry level test for massage therapy by the Federation of States. Any school you visit will have the pass rate available and you should ask to see it. Here at Crystal Mountain Institute the first time pass rate for 2017 is 80%. In New Mexico, the first time pass rate for 2017 is 73.4% and the National pass rate is 72.9%. Licensing in New Mexico depends upon passing the Mblex.

Does the school actively promote massage therapy to the community?

We are a non-profit school dedicated to training superior quality massage therapists. Our focus to to give back to the Albuquerque community. We have a program for military veterans with PTSD that involves martial arts and massage.

Upcoming Classes

Day Class Start Dates: Projected for Spring 2019 


Next Evening Class Start Date:  Projected for Late Spring 


Crystal Mountain Curriculum

The curriculum here at Crystal Mountain not only meets the requirements of the NM Massage Therapy Board, but also gives new therapists a  firm foundation in Therapeutic Massage techniques.  We believe that every therapist is unique and creates their own style.  Our curriculum includes the following:

> 165+ hours of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and kinesiology (including Oncology and Geriatric Massage and Myofascial massage);

> 90 + hours of basic Swedish massage techniques;

> 100 + hours of various modality classes including Forearm Flow, Pregnancy, Chair, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports, Shiatsu, and Thai;

> CPR/AED/First Aid certification;

>36 hour Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioner (CKTP) training; 

> 20 hours of business classes;

> 40+ hours of ethics (including Energetic Boundaries);

> various other electives; and

> 150 hours of Clinical Practicum.

​Financing Options

Crystal Mountain offers monthly payment plans and the option of working off a portion of the tuition costs.  For more information on our school-based financing, please give us a call at (505) 872-2030 or come by the school.  We also work with the VA and New Mexico Workforce Connections.  

School Based Financing Options

Application Process

To apply to Crystal Mountain, review the attached documents and submit a completed application (including essay), call (505) 872-2030 to set up a time to tour the school and complete the in-person interview, and make a $300 tuition deposit plus a $50 application fee to hold your place in the program and guarantee your tuition rate. 

Crystal Mountain will also need a copy of your High School Diploma (or equivalent) and a valid ID.  You will be notified within a week if you are accepted into the program. 

What does it take to be a licensed massage therapist in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Massage Therapy Board requires a minimum of 650 hours of massage therapy training by a licensed school.  This includes the following:

> 165 hours of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and kinesiology;

> 150 hours of massage therapy training; and

> 75 hours of general instruction including CPR/First Aid, business, hydrotherapy, and ethics;

> 260 hours of additional massage therapy training and related electives.

Please refer to the NM Massage Therapy Board website for specific requirements of curriculum and licensing.

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