Therapeutic Massage

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Therapeutic Massage

Credits required 29


Patricia Dent

Program contact

Patricia Dent, Dean for Health Sciences, ext. 2141

This program is offered exclusively at the New Bedford Campus.

Program Goal Statement

The program prepares students to pursue a career as licensed massage therapists. Licensed massage therapists are employed by physicians, chiropractors, rehabilitation centers, and business and industry, and also as independent practitioners.

This program is offered at 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford Campus.

Program Information

  • Licensure is required by law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Although the board certification examination is not required in Massachusetts, graduates are strongly encouraged to take it.  Many states require a licensing examination including Rhode Island.
  • This program expands the skills of healthcare professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, and home healthcare.
  • Students who have successfully completed BIO 233 must take BIO 234 in the first semester.

Additional Requirements and Costs

  • Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, drug testing, CPR and First Aid certification for the Healthcare Provider, professional liability insurance, massage supplies and equipment, and licensure and certification examination.
  • Students must carry health and liability insurance throughout enrollment in the program.

Infused General Education Competencies

First-Year Experience



Program Requirements

Choose one of the following

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Program Courses

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

MAT 110Introduction to Therapeutic Massage

3 credits

MAT 111Therapeutic Massage I

5 credits

MAT 112Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist

3 credits

MAT 120Therapeutic Massage II

6 credits

MAT 124Massage Therapy Practice Management

2 credits

MAT 126Therapeutic Massage Clinical Practicum

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Preadmission Course Requirements

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Required Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 115, MAT 110, MAT 111, MAT 112

Required Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

HCI 237, MAT 120, MAT 124, MAT 126


  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency credential. They must also have completed high school biology or chemistry, Algebra I (or a higher level math) and a college level ENG 101 with a minimum grade of “C.” Recommended deadline for filing is January 15th for fall admission.
  • Accepted applicants are required to have a current physical examination and immunizations or titre (blood tests to prove immunity) for the following: tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). A TB test is required annually.
  • It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses within 5 years of application to the program.
  • Successful completion of HCI 237 prior to or concurrent with MAT 126.


  • Upon admission to the program all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.
  • For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.
  • Students must have current CPR Certification and First Aid from the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).
  • Health insurance is required throughout completion of the program.
  • A random drug test scheduled by the college is required upon admission to the program.  The cost of the drug test is the student's responsibility.


  • Students must receive a minimum grade of “C“in all required courses.  Failure to earn a “C“or better in a required course will result in dismissal from the program. Clinical Practicum hours must be completed within 18 months of the academic coursework.


  • Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, professional liability insurance, standardized testing, CPR, drug testing, name tags, laboratory supplies, national certification exam, and transportation to community events. Students should be prepared to travel up to one hour from campus to community settings. Graduates must apply to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy for licensure to practice as a massage therapist.


  • Students need to possess certain cognitive, physical, and physiological abilities in order to successfully complete the requirements of the program and ultimately practice in the profession. Please discuss particulars with the program director.


  • The Therapeutic Massage Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

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