• Massage Therapist (403.2)


    Also see Massage Therapist (443.2)

    This program is designed to provide entry-level skills for students seeking practice as licensed massage therapists. Graduates will complete a course of study that meets or exceeds 600 clock hours of curriculum content. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to apply for a license as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. Students with previous coursework in healthcare and sciences have the option to complete the certificate in accelerated format by demonstrating proficiency in prior coursework.

    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.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

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

    Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Students completing more than 750 clock hours of approved courses for this certificate will meet the educational requirements to later sit for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

    Because certification and licensing requirements 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.



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    Degree Requirements
    As required by Pennsylvania law, students must compete a minimum of 175 hours of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and pathology including training in human immunodeficiency virus and related risks. In addition to BIO courses approved by the Massage Therapy Program Director, students may elect to take HPE-201, MAS-110, MAS-111 or MAS-208 to help satisfy this requirement. ALH-140 does not satisfy this requirement but can be counted as an elective toward the overall 600-clock hour state requirement as stated in PA Code 20.13 (related to required knowledge base). BIO-103, BIO-115 and BIO-175 can each only be applied once to satisfy a group of proficiency courses. Students without direct patient care experience are encouraged to complete MAS-211 Massage Therapy Applications as an elective. Students must meet a minimum of 600 clock hours as required by Pennsylvania law. Students who do not total 600 clock hours due to course combinations listed must choose additional elective coursework to satisfy this requirement either from unapplied courses in categories listed or from the following courses: ALH-102, ALH-109, ALH-140, BUS-101, ENG-101, HPE-171, HPE-177, HPE-201, MAS-203, MAS-204, MAS-208, MAS-110, MAS-111, MAS-220, MAT level 100 or higher, PSY-101, SPH-101 or other courses as approved by the Massage Therapy Program Director and in compliance with PA Code 20.13 (related to required knowledge base).Students are required to meet with the Massage Therapy Program Director individually to discuss course combinations and ensure satisfaction of both the certificate and PA Board of Massage Therapy requirements.

    Science Prerequisites

    Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in one of the following courses:
    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    BIO-103Introduction to Human Biology3
    BIO-110Introduction to Biological Science 4
    BIO-115Human Biology in Health and Disease5
    BIO-123Medical Biology and Terminology3
    BIO-151General Biology 14
    BIO-160Introduction to Human Pathology3
    HPE-201Applied Anatomy/Kinesiology3
    MAS-208Assessment for Massage Therapy3
    Total Credits: 3-5

    Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites

    Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in the following courses:BIO-103 or BIO-115; BIO-161 and BIO 162
    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-103Introduction to Human Biology3
    BIO-115Human Biology in Health and Disease5
    BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    BIO-162Anatomy & Physiology 24
    Total Credits: 3-8

    Pathology Prerequisites

    Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in one of the following courses:
    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-160Introduction to Human Pathology3
    MAS-111Pathology for Massage Therapy3
    Total Credits: 3-4

    General Education Prerequisites

    Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in the following courses:ENG-101 or SPH-101MAT Elective (MAT level 100 or higher) and PSY-101
    Course #Course NameCredits
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    SPH-101Oral Communication3
    MATMathematics Elective3-4
    PSY-101Introduction to Psychology3
    Total Credits: 9-10


    Students may take:ALH-102 or HPE-177 or PTA-203;MAS-101;MAS-110 or PTA 101
    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-102Basic Emergency Management 3
    HPE-177 First Aid and Athletic Injuries3
    PTA-203Specialty Topics in Physical Therapy3
    MAS-101Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 14
    MAS-110 Musculoskeletal Palpation for Massage Therapy2
    PTA-101Introduction to Physical Therapy4
    Total Credits: 9

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MAS-102Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 25
    MAS-201Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 35
    Total Credits: 10
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 19-21