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Massage Therapy - Certificate

Massage Therapy - Certificate

Become a massage therapist with our hands-on training certificate program.

Our licensed Massage Therapy program will prepare you for a gratifying new career as a massage therapist.

A massage therapist is a touch healer. They reduce pain, improve circulation, and relieve stress by massaging their patients’ muscles and other soft tissues. Massage therapists work one on one with patients, so in addition to training in proper technique, they must also employ friendly and professional patient care. With an education from The College of Health Care Professions, you will have the skills to receive a certificate in massage therapy, which is the first step to improving patients’ health through massage.

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Program Details

Program Length

Daytime Program: 30 weeks (no more than 45 weeks)

Evening Program: 43 weeks (no more than 60 weeks)

Available Locations

Programs
Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VI

Anatomy & Physiology I

MST 601

Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the human body: terminology, cell properties, processes and function, tissue types, body plane directions, and the anatomical structures and functions of the following main body systems: Integumentary, Nervous, Skeletal, Endocrine, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive systems. Prerequisite: None

Lecture72hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours72hr.
Credits4.5 

Pathology

MST 607

Students learn the study of diseases and how they relate to massage therapy. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Anatomy & Physiology II

MST 602

Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the human muscular system; muscle names and locations; muscle eccentric/concentric contradictions/relaxation; muscle fiber arrangements; slow-twitch/fast-twitch theory; stretch receptors and how it relates to practice of Massage Therapy Prerequisite: None

Lecture18hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits1 

Kinesiology

MST 608

Students learn the study of body movement of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanics and ergonomics of massage therapy. Students will study the origin, insertion and actions of the muscles and palpatory skills needed to work on each muscle. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory30hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours78hr.
Credits4 

Human Health & Hygiene

MST 605

Students will learn all aspects of health and hygiene for the massage therapist; universal precautions, hand washing, contamination, cross-contamination, sanitization procedures, care and cleaning of equipment, linen sanitization and care oil and cream storage. Students will learn basic first aid and CPR using American Heart Association protocol. Prerequisite: None

Lecture18hr.
Laboratory6hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Massage Therapy Technique I

MST 621

Students study Swedish massage technique and theory, practice the manipulation of soft tissue utilizing effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (percussion), compression, vibration, friction, nerve stroke, and Swedish gymnastics and learn to give a full body massage. Students will learn table mechanics, body mechanics and draping technique. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture18hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours42hr.
Credits2 

Pregnancy Massage Technique

MST 612

Students study various alternative Pregnancy modalities massage that compliments the overall Swedish massage experience. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Aroma Therapy

MST 613

Student study various alternative massage modalities that compliment the overall Swedish massage experience combined Aromatherapy Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Spa Techniques

MST 611

Student learn history and terms, applications, mechanisms, indications and contraindications, temperatures, incomplete and unfavorable reactions, physical modalities, equipment body Wrap and Scrub. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture10hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours22hr.
Credits1 

Swedish Deep Tissue Massage

MST 617

Students will learn Deep Tissue modalities that complement the overall Swedish Massage experience. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and/or connective tissues. The technique used is slower with deeper pressure in certain areas of the body. This modality allows the student to concentrate on specific areas of tension and pain Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours20hr.
Credits0.5 

Massage Therapy Technique II

MST 622

Students study Swedish massage technique and theory, practice the manipulation of soft tissue utilizing effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (percussion), compression, vibration, friction, nerve stroke, and Swedish gymnastics and learn to give a full body massage. Students will learn table mechanics, body mechanics and draping technique. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture18hr.
Laboratory21hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours39hr.
Credits1.5 

Business Practices & Professional Ethics

MST 604

Students study laws and rules, business practices, and professional ethics standards Prerequisite: None

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours45hr.
Credits2.5 

Trigger Points Technique

MST 614

Students study Trigger Point that complement the overall Swedish massage experience. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Chair Massage Therapy

MST 615

Students study various alternative massage modalities that complement the overall Swedish massage experience. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Massage Therapy Technique III

MST 623

Students study Swedish massage technique and theory, practice the manipulation of soft tissue utilizing effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (percussion), compression, vibration, friction, nerve stroke, and Swedish gymnastics and learn to give a full body massage. Students will learn table mechanics, body mechanics and draping technique. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture18hr.
Laboratory26hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours44hr.
Credits2 

Hydrotherapy

MST 606

Students learn history and terms, applications, mechanisms, indications and contraindications, temperatures, incomplete and unfavorable reactions, physical modalities, equipment and cryotherapy. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture10hr.
Laboratory10hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours20hr.
Credits0.5 

Hot Stone Massage

MST 616

Students learn history and terms, applications, mechanisms, indications and contraindications, temperatures, incomplete and unfavorable reactions, physical modalities, equipment and cryotherapy of Hot Stone Massage. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Eastern Cultures

MST 618

Students study various Eastern techniques with roots in Asian cultures. Eastern track teaches the meridians which are pathways that help to balance the body energy. Shiatsu translates as "finger pressure", and uses the techniques of compression, rocking, stretching and percussion that complement the overall Swedish massage experience. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours18hr.
Credits0.5 

Sports Massage Technique

MST 619

Student study Sports Massage that is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events that complement the overall Swedish massage experience. Prerequisite: Module I, II

Lecture6hr.
Laboratory14hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours20hr.
Credits0.5 

Massage Therapy Internship

MSTI 600

Students will apply academic and clinical skills to diverse group of subjects to include 80 hours of internship. 60 hours is dedicated to performing massages, 20 hours of internship will be dedicated to business practices. Prerequisite: Module I, II, III, IV, V

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship80hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits1.5 

About The Program

The goal of our program is to mold you into a competent and capable massage therapist. CHCP does this by teaching you how to listen to patients and determine where the causes of ailments lie. You will understand the practical application of various massage techniques, including deep tissue, hydrotherapy, and hot stone. As a graduate of CHCP’s Massage Therapy program, you will be able to successfully work with patients in close settings, providing them with the kindness, care, and healing they need.

What Skills Will I Learn?

Once you graduate from CHCP’s Massage Therapy program, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to understand body mechanics as well as massage manipulations and techniques. Some of the specific knowledge and skills you will acquire include the following:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Swedish deep tissue massage therapy
  • Aroma therapy
  • Trigger points
  • Chair massage therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hot stone massage
  • Sports massage therapy
  • Spa techniques
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Business practices and professional ethics

The field of massage therapy is expected to grow by 22% from 2018 to 2028. This growth is significantly higher than the average for other occupations. It’s believed that demand will increase as healthcare providers and the general public become more aware of the benefits of massage therapy and incorporate it into their healthcare plans.1 To learn more about massage therapy salary and nationwide outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Career Options are Available?

Massage therapists have the opportunity to work in a variety of different work settings. Some of the most popular work settings for graduates include the following:

  • Chiropractic office
  • Physician office
  • Beauty salon
  • Day spa
  • Country club
  • Sports medicine clinic
  • Self-employment and more!

If you are ready to start learning massage therapy, simply fill out the form. A counselor will contact you soon with more information about your new career.

How Do I Enroll in the Massage Therapy Program at CHCP?

Are you ready to begin your path as a massage therapist? Just make sure you meet the following minimum requirements, and you will be well on your way to your new career!

  • At least 18 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • Good coordination and health
  • Must be neat and professional
  • Must pass the Scholastic Level Exam with a score of at least 15
  • Never have been convicted of a crime involving a sexual offense. To learn more about criminal history and massage therapy licensure, visit the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, or speak with one of our admissions advisors.
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