MASSAGE THERAPY

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The Massage Therapy Diploma prepares the student for licensure as a Massage Therapist improving employment opportunities within the community. 
This program is offered twice a year.  The length of the diploma program is twelve months with three semesters. Each semester is 16 weeks long. Students benefit from a balance between academic and hands-on experiences. Part-time options are available as well.


Participating in the Massage program full-time requires the student to attend 16 Intensive Weekends with online learning between the weekends. The 16 weekends are scheduled from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.  Orientation is on Friday, before the first intensive from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Students need to be available for approximately 20 to 30 hours each week for online plus onsite studies. Within this period, the student completes 85 massage treatments  (+ 5 with LMTs + 10 received) throughout the program once they begin their internship or externship experience. The schedule is individualized to the student’s needs.  Students participate in various community service events within this timeframe totaling 30 hours throughout the program.


To support the successful completion of this training, it is advised that in addition to the 1000 required course clock hours, the student may need a minimum of 300 plus hours of independent study for reading, memorizing, and research.  Students should plan accordingly when arranging their personal and work schedules. 
The total enrollment time equals 12-months and is a 1000-clock hour program.

Each Semester of academic courses introduces principles and skills, which progressively build upon one another. The general themes for each Semester in the Massage Therapy programs are as follows:

The FOUNDATION Semester (First Semester) focuses on laying the necessary massage theory and practice foundation by reviewing the philosophy, terminology, skills, and basic Swedish Massage techniques. The student will be introduced to the regional pioneers in bodywork and alternative practices.


Courses are taken during the First Semester include:

  • Massage Theory & Practice

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Wellness 101

  • Complementary Therapy 101

  • Business Arts

The PRACTICE Semester (Second Semester) focuses on furthering and deepening the learning begun during the First Semester. To develop the student's style for serving clients, they will “practice, practice,” clinic applications of massage therapy. 
The student will add some forms of specialized massage to your technique, and you will learn more about alternative practices, which may complement your massage techniques.


Courses taken during the Second Semester include:

  • Specialized Massage

  • Business Exploration

  • Hydrotherapy 101

  • Kinesiology I02

  • Pathology

  • Wellness 102

  • Complementary Therapy 102

  • Community Service

  •  Massage Internship

The IMPLEMENTATION Semester (Third Semester) focuses on bringing your massage practice into the community's service. Students will prepare to pass the written practical boards required by the state. As the student implements their business plans, they will continue learning knowledge and skills for beginning a career as a massage therapist. Students are now ready to start mastering advanced and eastern massage techniques as well. 


Courses taken during the Third Semester include: 

  • Advanced Massage

  • Curriculum Integration (Licensing Exam Preparation)

  • Complementary Therapy 103

  • Pathology Research

  • Business Mentoring

  • Kinesiology 103

  • Hydrotherapy I02

  • Community Service

  • Wellness 103

  • Massage Internship

These first three semesters are Hybrid with 600 on-site and 400 Fully Online learning hours.