• Massage Therapist (695.1)


    Also see Massage Therapist (443.2) and Massage Therapy (403.1).

     This program is designed to provide entry-level skills for students seeking a career as a massage therapist. The Massage Therapist certificate program is designed for students without any previous health care background. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to apply for a license as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania.

    Licensed massage therapists may work as independent contractors or employees in chiropractic offices, resorts, casinos, fitness centers, wellness clinics, day spas, beauty salons and on cruise ships.

    Students must make separate applications to the program and meet pre-program requirements including completion of BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or BIO-151 General Biology 1.

    Applicants must be eligible for all college-level courses.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Plan and organize an effective massage and bodywork session.
    2. Perform massage and bodywork for therapeutic benefit by way of seated (chair) massage, full body (table) massage or floor (mat) massage. 
    3. Develop professional and ethical relationships with clients and interdisciplinary health care teams. 
    4. Evaluate forms of business ownership useful for an independent massage therapy practice, business or employment situation. 
    5. Identify and implement strategies for personal health, wellness and on-going professional development. 

    Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) and/or the National Examination for State Licensing (NESL).

    Because certification and licensing requirement vary by state, students who plan to relocate after graduation are encourage to verify the educational requirements in states other than Pennsylvania.

    Functional Requirements


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-109Infection Control2
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    MAS-101Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 14
    Total Credits: 13

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-162Anatomy & Physiology 24
    MAS-101Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 14
    HPE-171Personal and Community Health and Wellness3
    HPE-201Applied Anatomy/Kinesiology3
    PHL-205Medical Ethics and Law3
    Total Credits: 14
    Students select HPE-171 or HPE-201

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BUS-101Introduction to Business3
    BUS-117Public Relations3
    CIT-100Computer Fundamentals & Applications3
    MAS-201Massage Therapy Principles and Procedures 35
    Total Credits: 11
    Students select BUS-101 or BUS-117 
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 38

  • 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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  • Massage Programs Functional Requirements

    Essential Cognitive, Physical & Behavior Functions This applies to Massage Therapy Associate Degree 443.2 and Massage Therapist Certificate 695.1