• Massage Therapist (443.2)
    Associate of Science


    This program is designed to prepare students for a career in professional massage therapy. Graduates of the comprehensive associate of science degree program are eligible to apply for licensure as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. Completion of the degree program prepares students to be proficient at communicating effectively with clients, families and other healthcare practitioners, assessing client needs, as well as designing and implementing evidence-based, client-specific massage therapy approaches. Graduates of the degree program learn advanced soft tissue interventions for clinical and spa environments.

    Licensed massage therapists may work as independent contractors or employees in a variety of health-related settings including pain management clinics, wellness retreat centers, hospice facilities, orthopedic centers and physical therapy and chiropractic offices. Licensed therapists may also be employed in athletic clubs, resorts, spas, yoga centers, golf resorts and country clubs, beauty salons, dance studios and on cruise ships.

    Enrollment is limited by lab size and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Applicants must be eligible for all college-level courses. All applicable credits earned from other schools must be transferred in to CCAC to appear on one transcript which is sent to the PA State Board of Massage Therapy upon graduation.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Plan, organize and perform an effective massage and bodywork session for therapeutic benefit.
    2. Display skill in developing professional and ethical relationships with clients and interdisciplinary health care teams.
    3. Evaluate forms of business ownership and develop a strategy for a successful practice, business or employment situation.
    4. Identify and implement strategies for self-care, personal health and wellness and on-going professional development.
    5. Apply evidence-based practices of massage therapy within scope of practice.

    Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Completion of the program will also provide the education requirement needed for graduates to later pursue the advanced credential certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Because certification and licensing requirement vary by state, students who plan to relocate after graduation are encouraged to verify the educational requirements in states other than Pennsylvania
    A criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to take the licensure examination or obtain state licensure. A majority of the states require a license to practice massage therapy. Applicants must submit a criminal background check for acceptance into the program.

    *This program is currently seeking accreditation candidacy with the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    BIO-103Introduction to Human Biology3
    MAS-101Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 14
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
     Computer Information Technology Elective
    Students should consult with their advisor to select electives.
    Total Credits: 14–17

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    MAS-201Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 35
    MAS-208Assessment for Massage Therapy3
    MAS-211LMassage Therapy Applications1
    -General Elective3
    Total Credits: 15

    Fourth Semester

    Recommend SPH-101, Oral Communication, for Humanities Elective.
    Course #Course NameCredits
    MAS-203 Massage Therapy Modalities 12
    MAS-204 Massage Therapy Modalities 22
    MAS-212CMassage Therapy Externship 1
    MAS-220Massage Therapy Seminar1
    MAT-195Business Mathematics3
    -General Elective3
    -Humanities Electives3
    Total Credits: 15
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60—63

  • Massage Therapy Programs at CCAC

    The Massage Therapy programs are designed to prepare students for a career in professional massage therapy. Graduates of both the comprehensive associate of science degree and certificate program are eligible to apply for licensure as a Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania. Licensed Massage Therapists help clients and patients relieve stress, reduce pain, and improve overall health & wellness.

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