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Catalog 2018-2019 
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Therapeutic Massage Certificate

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No. of Credits: 38
Contact: Laura Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
Tara McManaway, Program Coordinator

This 38 credit (795-clock hour) Massage Therapy Certificate program prepares students to work as a Registered Massage Practitioner. The program consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction and practice. This program of study should qualify the student to sit for licensing exams and be eligible for registration as a Massage Practitioner in Maryland. This may be a selective admissions program.

This program may appeal to individuals who want to work as Registered Massage Practitioners. Massage practitioners are employed in a variety of settings including spas, salons, as well as private practice environments. ENG 1010 and all BIO, HTH, and MAS courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" or better.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 28.

To practice in Maryland, graduates must be licensed or registered. Applicants for licensure or registration in Maryland must be 18 years of age and have passed examinations approved by the Maryland Board of Massage Therapy examiners.

The program is approved by the Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). 

NOTE: Students are required to provide annual proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students' expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers and the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers are the only accepted CPR courses. Students must complete the health record, background check, CPR, drug screen and immunization requirements prior to enrollment in MAS 1015. 

The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen.  The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check and drug screening requirements.

Gainful Employment:

View Gainful Employment information for this certificate on our website.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

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