Foreign MT moving into the states
I am from Argentina, and currently live in Buenos Aires. have been working in my own private practice for 11 years now, and teaching a trigger point class for seven. I will be moving to the US next year because I have just been approved my residency in the States.
As far as i know from talking to different schools and the board of education, they will not transfer any credits for my previous education, or experience, because here in Argentina massage therapy is not a certified profession, so even though the school where i studied was amazing, it doesn´t have the government´s backup. I am certified in Esalen Massage, and have studied neuromuscular therapy and Zero Balancing in the States, but i know those credits are also non-transferrable.
My mother lives upstate NY which is also where i know the most people and could start working once i get my license. I plan to either live with her and commute to a nearby school which is about an hour and a half away (she´s two hrs away from NYC, and 5 mins away from Kent, CT). OR I could rent a room and study full time somewhere else.
I would like to get through the licensing process as soon as possible; and i have been looking into different schools that offer the quickest way and sound serious about their education.
I would like to know if anyone can give me their experience studying in the Finger Lakes School of Massage, in either of their schools; or at the Onondaga schools.
(Im not really considering NYC because all their schools have a very lengthy program).
and since i will be so close to CT do i also need to get my CT license? can i be licensed i several states at once? Is having the National Certification and a 1000hrs of training enough to work anywhere? Since going back to school (to study massage) is not what i was expecting after so long i would like to make the best decision for the future.
Im 33, feel young and very excited about the changes coming up, and I don't even know where i will end up living in the long run. I wouldn't like to have to worry about this every time i change states... does that make sense?
I appreciate your input and whatever you think might help me in my moving process