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Massage Therapy

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Sample First Semester
MASS101R Basic Massage Theory and Application  2 3 3
MASS102R Human Body I 3 0 3
MASS105R Massage Essentials 2 0 2
MASS107R Intro to Massage Specialties I 2 0 2
Sample Second Semester
MASS103R Human Body II 3 0 3
MASS108R Introduction to Massage Specialties II 2 3 3
MASS119R Massage Business Practices I 3 0 3
MASS121R Intermediate Massage Theory and Application 2 3 3
MASS126R Massage Rules and Ethics 1 0 1
MASS193R Massage Clinical Experience 0 3 2
Sample Third Semester
MASS104R Human Body III 0 3 1
MASSxxxR Massage Business Practice II x x 2
MASS130R Advanced Massage Theory and Application 2 3 3
MASS140R Massage Capstone 2 3 3
MASS195R Massage Practicum (45 practicum) 1

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed with course descriptions.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C on a 7 point scale (C = 80%) or higher in each required course to progress within the program.


Massage Therapy is a growing profession and rewarding career.

The 12 or 24 month Massage Therapy Certificate program at the Lebanon and Keene campuses is designed to prepare our students for a rewarding career.  Students can complete the program full time in 12 months or part time in 24 months. Our mission is to develop and advance the art, science and practice of massage therapy in a caring, professional and ethical manner. The program prepares students to enter the holistic and complementary health care field with a broad background and the ability to work with a diverse group of clients and health care providers.  The curriculum includes strong knowledge of the human body and a broad foundation of eastern and western massage and bodywork techniques. Students learn, practice and experience the benefits of massage. In addition to the basic application of massage, the program provides courses in ethics and business management to provide our graduates with the skills to work with specific client problems, professional referrals and beginning a successful career.  As a capstone experience each student gains real life experience by interning with a professional massage therapist.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do and very grateful for River Valley Community College.  I love what I do.  It allows me the freedom to make a living, live well, and live a very full life." Nancy  R.  2016 Graduate of the Massage Therapy Certificate Program

Job Opportunities in Massage Therapy

The growing profession of Massage Therapy provides a broad spectrum of employment opportunities.  
According to a United States Department of Labor estimate, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase by 26% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than average for all occupations.   https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm
According to an American Massage Therapy Association Study, between July 2009 and July 2010, 48 MILLION adults received a massage at least once.
In addition it was reported that the average annual income for a massage therapist in 2010 (including tips and a 15 hour work week) was $39,860.
Massage Therapists are in demand to work in spas, resorts, cruise ships hospitals, medical offices, hospitals, fitness centers or in private practice. If you are searching for independence, a way to help people, and a better quality of life, the profession of Massage Therapy is for you!
Any student not matriculated in the Massage Therapy Program who wants to take Massage Therapy courses, must have approval of the program director. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" on a 7 point scale (C=80%) or higher in each required course to progress within the program. Students may choose to pursue an Associate Degree in General Studies in addition to the Massage Therapy Certificate.
Upon completion of the program the student is responsible for the application for the Mblex credentialing exam and the New Hampshire licensure.


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