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Program Qualifies for State Licensure Instructor Led



Massage Certificate Program

This state-of-the-art program is delivered in a blended curriculum capturing the best of the instructor-supervised online course experience as well as instructor-based hands-on training. Students will be prepared for state licensure and professional practice. Comprehensive bioscience and theory courses provide students with the necessary knowledge to apply to the direct hands on massage techniques that are studied. The faculty instructing this program consists of veteran therapists and educators that have a passion to share this exciting body of work.


Program Structure

The Program is broken into 2 Modules. Module I is delivered online in a state-of-the-art Learning Management System available on any device and includes embedded e-books and apps. Module I is Mentor/Instructor led and the program encourages interaction between students and interaction between Instructor/Mentor and student. Module II is hands-on and conducted at an approved external instructional site at a local spa or massage clinic.

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology 115

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Structure and Function
  • Lesson 2: The Integumentary System
  • Lesson 3: The Skeletal System
  • Lesson 4: The Muscular System
  • Lesson 5: The Nervous System & Special Senses
  • Lesson 6: The Cardiovascular System
  • Lesson 7: The Immune System
  • Lesson 8: The Respiratory System
  • Lesson 9: The Digestive System
  • Lesson 10: The Urinary System
  • Lesson 11: The Endocrine System
  • Lesson 12: The Reproductive System

Kinesiology I – The Study of Human Motion 42

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Kinesiology
  • Lesson 2: The Skeletal System and Joint Motion
  • Lesson 3: The NeuroMuscular System
  • Lesson 4: Biomechanics, Posture, Gait, & Palpation

Kinesiology II – Musculoskeletal Applications 44

  • Lesson 1: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of Respiration
  • Lesson 2: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Ankle and Foot
  • Lesson 3: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Knee
  • Lesson 4: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Hip and Pelvis
  • Lesson 5: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Spine
  • Lesson 6: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Head and Neck
  • Lesson 7: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle
  • Lesson 8: Bony Landmarks and Muscles of the Arm and Hand

Theory of Massage & Bodywork 60

  • Lesson 1: The History and Perspective of Massage
  • Lesson 2: The Benefits and Applications of Massage
  • Lesson 3: Contraindications and Massage Guidelines
  • Lesson 4: Western Massage Techniques and Joint Movements

The Business and Ethics of Massage Therapy 44

  • Lesson 1: Considerations for a Massage Therapy Career
  • Lesson 2: Professional Issues and Self Care
  • Lesson 3: Marketing for Massage
  • Lesson 4: Ethics & Professionalism in Massage Therapy

Western Massage 120

  • Lesson 1: Western Massage Techniques
  • Lesson 2: Joint Movements
  • Lesson 3: Full-Body Western Massage
  • Lesson 4: Regional Applications of Massage – Upper Body
  • Lesson 5: Regional Applications of Massage – Lower Body

Trigger Point Therapy 45

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Trigger Point Therapy
  • Lesson 2: Referral Patterns
  • Lesson 3: Deactivation Techniques

Reflexology 40

  • Lesson 1: The History & Theory of Reflexology
  • Lesson 2: Reflexology Sessions
  • Lesson 3: Reflexology Techniques

Myofascial Massage 40

  • Lesson 1: Myofascial Massage Overview
  • Lesson 2: The Nature of Fascia
  • Lesson 3: Guidelines for Applications
  • Lesson 4: Basic Myofascial Techniques
  • Lesson 5: Myofascial Techniques for the Back

CPR and First Aid 10

  • Demonstrate basic first aid skills needed to control bleeding and immobilize injuries.
  • Demonstrate the skill needed to assess the ill or injured person.
  • Demonstrate skills to assess and manage foreign body airway obstruction in infants, children and adults.
  • Demonstrate skills to provide one- and two- person cardiopulmonary resuscitation to infants, children and adults.
  • Recall rationale and technique for automated external defibrillation.
  • Demonstrate proper use of pocket mask during resuscitation attempts.

HydroTherapy 20

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Lesson 2: Contraindications & Safe Use of Hydrotherapy
  • Lesson 3: Hydrotherapy Applications

Clinical Practicum

Students will complete 70-hours of documented massage therapy treatments in order to complete the program. This allows students to directly apply the knowledge and experience in the classroom to real life situations, so that learning can be realized, constructive feedback can be shared, practical applications refined, and continued development for each student as a massage therapist.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • Upon successfully completing this 650-hour course, you will be eligible to take the MBLEx National Exam and apply for state licensure.
Note: *Terms of scholarship include agreeing to work at sponsoring spa/clinic for a specified amount of time. Scholarship requires employer participation and may not be available in all areas.

Clinical Practicum

Students will complete 70-hours of documented massage therapy treatments in order to complete the program. This allows students to directly apply the knowledge and experience in the classroom to real life situations, so that learning can be realized, constructive feedback can be shared, practical applications refined, and continued development for each student as a massage therapist.