The Massage Therapy program provides hands-on training to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the functions of a massage therapist. Upon program completion, graduates could be ready and eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), which is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
Program length – 10 months
Classes in massage therapy include instruction in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and a variety of therapeutic massage techniques. Instruction covers Swedish and Eastern modalities, as well as advanced techniques. Program includes an externship to provide relevant, real world experience.
Skilled massage therapists use the healing power of touch to help their clients. A typical workday for a massage therapist includes manipulation of muscles and soft tissue to relieve and manage pain, rehabilitate injuries, relieve stress, improve circulation and enhance overall well being. Massage therapist positions could be found in spas, fitness centers, hotels, chiropractic and therapy offices, professional sports teams and resorts. A focus on wellness among Baby Boomers and Gen Xers means lots of job opportunities for massage therapists. According to IBIS World, a leading resource for business intelligence, massage therapy was a $12 billion industry in the United States in 2015.1
Demand for massage therapists is expected to grow by more than 14% through 2024.2
1IBISWorld, retrieved 4/26/16
2U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16