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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
HLTH1100 Intro to Nutrition 2
THPY1110 Massage Techniques and Ethics 3
THPY1118 Kinesiology 3
THPY1123 Integrative Massage 2
THPY1130 Advanced Massage 2
THPY1135 Deep Tissue Massage 2
THPY1142 Practical Skills Clinic 3
THPY1146 Certification Preparation 2
THPY1148 Sports Massage and Hydrotherapy 2
THPY1150 Business Development 2
THPY1156 Massage Pathophysiology 3
THPY1156 Massage Pathophysiology 3
MNTC Courses
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Goal: 3 *
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Goal: 3 *

Total Credits: 34


About this program

Massage therapists specialize in professional massage treatments designed to support the health and well-being of clients. Skillful massage also assists clients in recovery from physical ailments and reduces the negative effects of stress. Massage therapy students learn the fundamental techniques needed to perform effective massage treatments, as well as the theory behind delivering professional massage.

Program outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology and kinesiology to massage practice.
2. Make appropriate massage therapy treatment decisions based on client indications and contraindications.
3. Perform competent entry-level Swedish massage.
4. Operate within the professional standards of practice as defined by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork).
5. Demonstrate professional and ethical business behavior in respect to the profession of massage therapy.

Employment information

Employment opportunities for professional massage therapists are numerous. Spas, salons, and resorts are increasingly the largest employers of massage therapists. Other opportunities include medical clinics, hospitals, hospices, chiropractic clinics, wellness center, private practice, group practice, fitness centers, cruise ships, professional and amateur athletic programs, and rehabilitation centers. Opportunity for corporate massage is also on the rise.

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Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.