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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
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
Upon successful completion of the
program, the graduate will:
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.