A career in a year!  Do you like applying learning to real world solutions that help people feel better, stronger, and healthier? This September-August focused program will prepare you to take the Massage Therapy Certification Exam and become a Licensed Massage Therapist in NH. Through lectures, study, seminars, and plenty of hands-on practice, you will discover that Massage Therapy is a meaningful career and lifestyle. As a Massage Therapist, you will be entering a growing field as an entrepreneur in your own business, or as an employee at places like:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Physical Therapy Offices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Fitness Centers/Spas
  • Cruise Ships

The Massage Therapy students at River Valley Community College in Lebanon need practice hours to qualify for a NH Massage Therapy License. Please help our students become skilled therapists while receiving a relaxing therapeutic massage.


River Valley’s massage program provides students with hands on experience and a streamlined program to get them out and into their new career in a year!

Career Options

  • Entrepreneur in private practice
  • employee at a spa
  • cruise ship
  • fitness facility
  • physical therapy office
  • chiropractor’s office
  • hospital
  • resort

Related Degrees

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant

To develop and advance the art, science and practice of therapeutic massage while instilling academic integrity in a caring, professional and ethical manner.  Students enrolled in the program will be prepared to become lifelong learners seeking to balance professional expertise and personal growth.  Graduates will enter the community and work force as trained professionals striving to meet the needs of a diverse society.  As licensed massage therapists, our graduates will touch lives and be engaged local and global citizens. 

Program Goals

You will integrate science, creativity, knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, sensitivity, and compassion to become a successful massage therapist.

Program Outcomes

You will become a professional massage therapist trained in:

Anatomy and Physiology





Professional boundaries 

Professional Communication 

Massage modalities that include:

Swedish Massage

Wellness Massage

Healthcare Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Myofascial Release

Reiki and energy work

Ayurvedic Techniques

Thai Massage

Sports Massage

Special Populations

Pre-natal Massage 

Massage Therapy is an open enrollment program. This means we accept students once they are accepted to River Valley; no requirements necessary. At RVCC, we believe all students should be able to complete a degree and be able to transfer or start their career as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions about Massage Therapy, please do not hesitate to request information or reach out to the faculty.

Student who have a positive Criminal Background Check may be prohibited from New Hampshire Licensure. A criminal background check may be required for New Hampshire Licensure.

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