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Workforce Certificate

Massage Therapy (5700)

This program prepares students for employment as massage therapists. This program will cover the theory and practice of massage, theory and practice of hydrotherapy, hygiene, practice demonstration, human anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical aspects of massage practice, allied therapies, leadership and human relations skills, health and safety, and employability skills.

The student will develop skills in manipulation of superficial tissues of the body through instruction by demonstration. Student practices will include massage techniques, use of hydrotherapy such as sauna, steam room treatment tables, local and full immersion baths, whirlpool baths, hot and cold packs and paraffin baths.

Typical job titles include massage therapist, bodyworker and neuromuscular therapist.

Expected Job Growth: Faster than average, according to the Department of Labor.

Salary: According to the American Massage Therapy Association, median full-time annual earnings are $29,000.

Certification and Licensing
Graduates will be eligible to take the Board of Massage Therapy certification examination and to apply for the required licensure in the state of Florida.

Application Procedure

Night classes begin in January, and day classes begin in May. Enrollment in the program is limited. Physical exams are required of admitted students. Admission is based on the date your program application and TABE scores are received by the program manager. Required TABE scores are : Math 9, Language 10, Reading 10. Application to the program is made by contacting the Program Chair of Physical Therapist Assistant/Massage Therapy at North Campus.


Professional Courses
*VPI 0100 Reading Skills
*VPI 0200 Mathematical Skills
*VPI 0300 Language Skills

MSS 0156 Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy (150/5)
HCP 0001 Health Care Core (90/3)
MSS 0215 Statutes/Rules and History of Massage (10/.5)
MSS 0254 Massage Theory and Clinical Practice (155/5)
MSS 0315 Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy (15/.5)
MSS 0274 Pathology for Massage Therapy (45/1.5)
MSS 0601 Professional Development (25/1)
MSS 0283 Allied Modalities (100/3.5)
MSS 0336 Advanced Clinical Training (160/5.5)

Total Credit Hours: 750 (contact hours), 25.5 (workforce credits)

*Students who have satisfactory TABE scores are not required to take these courses.

Estimated tuition* is $1,400. Estimated cost of books, materials and fees is $500.(*for Florida residents, as of 7/04).


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