Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy Diploma
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Massage Therapy Overview

Massage therapists relieve pain, reduce stress, and just plain make people feel better. As a professional massage therapist you learn to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of clients to produce relaxation, improved health and other benefits. With more than 80 types of treatments, massage therapists can specialize in deep-tissue, acupressure, reflexology, sports massage, and other areas. Often, massage therapists become experts in several modalities, all of which require specific skills and techniques. Those seeking the services of a massage therapist include spa clientele, athletes, the aging population, and a wide range of individuals seeking relaxation and rejuvenation from the stresses of everyday life.

The length and type of massage provided typically depends on the client's condition and desires. Massage therapists either work for an employer in a variety of environments including spas and hospitals or are self-employed with their own small business. Regardless of the working arrangement, massage therapists should employ effective techniques based on sound principals, the value of safe practices and professional integrity. 


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

15.5 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
MED100Medical Terminology 1.5
MTP113Swedish Massage 1.5
MTP117Introduction to Massage Therapy 1.5
MTP118Medical Massage 1.5
MTP119Special Populations 1
MTP120Fundamentals of Kinesiology 1
MTP121Musculoskeletal Anatomy I 1.5
MTP122Musculoskeletal Anatomy II 1.5
MTP209Pathophysiology 1.5
MTP210Massage Therapy Clinical 1
MTP211Professional Ethics & Business Practice 1
MTP212Massage Therapy Externship 1
MTP214National Certification Exam Prep 0

Arts and Sciences

3 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO106Human Anatomy & Physiology I1.5
BIO108Human Anatomy & Physiology II1.5

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

2.5 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR191Career Orientation1
FOR109Freshman Orientation1.5

There are 645 total contact hours in this program

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position in the field of therapeutic massage as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). The Massage Therapy program teaches the art and science of massage therapy focusing on the medical and rehabilitative effects of massage while using sound business practices. An externship course is included where students may work in conjunction or collaboratively with physicians, nurses, chiropractors, medical spas, and physical and occupational therapists to help treat and rehabilitate patients with specific health conditions. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Examination (MBLEx) offered through Federation of State Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (FSTMB).

Possible Career Track

Upon completion of the Massage Therapy Program, Licensed Massage Therapists could possibly pursue entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings including:

  • Spas
  • Fitness Institutions
  • Wellness Centers
  • Private Practice
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Graduates are expected to safely assist with the treatment and care of patients while practicing standard precautions and adhering to HIPAA and OSHA guidelines.
  • Graduates are expected to identify all major muscles of the body (actions, attachments, and palpation), systems within the body, and the medical terminology associated with massage therapy.
  • Graduates are expected to assist with functional restoration through one or more soft tissue manipulation techniques to increase range of motion, flexibility, and stability, provide pain relief, relaxation, or stress reduction.
  • Graduates are expected to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and essential job search skills.
  • Program provides comprehensive preparation of graduates to be successful on the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) offered through The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and meet requirements within the state.
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