• Massage Therapy

    Interested in a hands-on career in a “healing art” that lets you help people in a meaningful way? Growing awareness of the benefits of therapeutic massage mean expanding professional opportunities in this rewarding career.


Massage Therapy

M State's Massage Therapy diploma program provides students with the skills and training to deliver professional massage treatments designed to support the health and well-being of clients.

Our 34-credit program is flexible, combining online courses with on-campus requirements in the student clinic on our Wadena campus. Students gain experience in the instructor-supervised clinic, and evening clinic hours make the program convenient for students with work and family commitments.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Application of anatomy, physiology andkinesiology to massage practice
  • Appropriate massage therapy treatment decisions
  • Entry-level Swedish massage
  • Professional standards of practice as defined by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Professional and ethical business behavior in the profession of massage therapy


Why M State

  • An exceptional educational value
  • Flexible and convenient online courses
  • Nationally board certified instructor
  • Varied massage experience in student-run clinic
  • Personalized education with small class sizes

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Massage Therapy Diploma
Locations: Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Scarlet Dittmann
Massage Therapy Instructor
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Massage therapist regional wage

Massage therapist regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Massage Therapy students learn the fundamental techniques needed to perform effective massage treatments, as well as the theory behind the delivery of professional massages. In addition to self-employment, massage therapists have employment opportunities at: Hospitals and care facilities, chiropractic offices, wellness centers and fitness clubs, salons and spas, resorts, corporations and private clinics and rehabilitation centers.

Description: Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena

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Massage Therapist employment

394 Employed in your area

16 Estimated annual job openings

52 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Massage Therapists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 39 10%
25-34 124 31%
35-44 103 26%
45-54 76 19%
55-64 45 11%
65+ 7 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required courses for Massage Therapy

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and labs
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Message Techniques and Ethics
  • Kinesiology
  • Integrative Massage
  • Advanced Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Practical Skills Clinic
  • Certification Preparation
  • Sports Massage and Hydrotherapy
  • Business Development
  • Massage Pathophysiology

Learn more

-Visit minnesota.edu/programs

-Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:42am