Massage Therapy Certificate

Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. There is an ever increasing acceptance of massage as a holistic approach to health care and health maintenance.

A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, manual dexterity and ethical concepts prepare massage therapists to practice as health care professionals who are capable of addressing specific health issues and working in conjunction with other health care professionals.

Massage Therapists are prepared to deliver therapeutic massage which involves manipulation of the soft tissue structure of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms and stress. Therapeutic massage also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage has many forms, including Swedish, a gentle relaxing massage, pressure point therapy and sports massage.

Program Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 24 students to begin fall term. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Massage Therapy program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a grade of C or better or have appropriate placement test scores indicating readiness for ENG 101 and MAT 152. Once these courses have been successfully completed, a student may submit a Program-Ready Application to be considered for acceptance into a clinical semester. For more details about this progress, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
MTH 113 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology for Massage Therapy 3.0
MTH 120 Introduction to Massage 4.0
MTH 121 Principles of Massage I 4.0
MTH 122 Principles of Massage II 4.0
MTH 123 Massage Clinical I 3.0
MTH 124 Massage Business Applications 3.0
MTH 126 Pathology for Massage Therapy 2.0
MTH 127 Principles of Massage III 3.0
MTH 128 Clinical Applications of Massage 4.0
MTH 131 Clinical Applications of Massage II 4.0
MTH 132 Massage Therapy Seminar 1.0
Subtotal   35.0
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
Subtotal   4.0
Total Credit Hours 39.0

Updated 5/1/2017


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

To put touch back into health care through quality integrative educational and instructional experiences ancillary to traditional medicine by establishing competencies in collaboration with the workforce in order to further define and advance the highest standards in massage therapy and the bodywork profession.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper safe and sound therapeutic service delivery
  2. Perform routine evaluative client medical history intake assessing for indication and contraindication
  3. Document and chart therapeutic course of action and effect appropriate bodywork therapy
  4. Operate within scope of practice and refer out as deemed necessary
  5. Apply therapeutic ethics and laws specific to the practice of massage therapy
  6. Communicate professionally utilizing proper medical terminology
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function, and pathology
  8. Understand the process and procedures of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other potential physical and psychological contingencies
  9. Integrate technology and record keeping requirements specific to therapeutic service delivery and business practices
  10. Maintain integrity of therapy equipment and supplies
  11. Operate a therapeutic clinic in massage and bodywork
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the National Certification Examination Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Gainful Employment Information

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Massage Therapy is a limited enrollment program accepting 24 students each fall on a first come, first served basis. Students need to have made a C or better in Mat 032/012 and have passed ENG 100 and RDG 100 (or RWR 100) or have test scores demonstrating that these classes are not needed before program entry. 

  • Completing a secondary application process is not currently required to enter this program.

  • Massage Therapy courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus. 

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to enter into and progress through the Massage Therapy program.  Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Notes about individual classes

  • To meet the prerequisites for BIO 112, which is scheduled for the first semester of the program, students need to have made a C or better in Mat 032/012 and have passed ENG 100 and RDG 100 (or RWR 100) or have test scores demonstrating that these classes are not needed.  BIO 112 can be completed before program entry.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken in the Spring or Summer terms before program entry in the fall.

Notes about other requirements

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. Additional drug screenings may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required for students who will be working in the hospital.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Massage Therapy Certificate (MAS7) - FALL START ONLY


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • You may contact Susan Kinney for information about this program

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.