Massage Therapy Certificate

Over the years, Massage Therapy has become integral to conventional healthcare, complementary healthcare and alternative healthcare environments. Massage Therapy is frequently used in sports medicine, hospitals, physical therapy, physicians’ offices, as well as in the chiropractic offices, spa/resort settings, gyms, and acupuncture clinics.

Students learning massage techniques with instructor.

Massage Therapy also complements the Spa Management Certificate by providing students with additional skills which will make them more valuable in the spa industry. The curriculum is approved by the State of New Hampshire Massage Therapy Board, The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education, Post-Secondary Education Division.

Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), which is required by the state of New Hampshire and many other states for licensure.

The Massage Therapy Certificate program is designed to be completed within one year. Students must attend full time to continue in the program. Massage lecture teaches the theory of massage. The lab allows for direct application of the concepts covered in theory as well as proper posture and body positioning. Students will partner with each other to practice proper massage technique.

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Technical Standards

The successful Massage Therapist is emotionally and psychologically stable. He/she is sensitive to the needs of the client, is able to set priorities, and perform in emergency situations in a quick, accurate, detail-oriented manner should these arise. He/she should be flexible, and possess manual dexterity and physical stamina. The massage therapy program is physically and mentally strenuous and requires occasional heavy lifting such as assisting a physically challenged client in getting on and off the massage table. Massage Therapists work with a diverse clientele to include all cultural backgrounds, individuals of various shapes, sizes and personalities. Individuals who cannot meet the professional, mental, physical and customer service demands may have difficulty meeting course objectives and the requirements of the field.

Licensed Massage Therapists must be American Heart Association Heart Saver, or American Red Cross or National Safety Council certified for adult/infant-child CPR and First Aid. We highly recommend that Certification be obtained before entering the program or within the first term as it is required before beginning Clinical courses. Student liability insurance is required and must be obtained by the first week of your first class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at a discounted rate of $20 per year (July 1- June 30).

Admissions Criteria

The application preferred deadline is July 1st for the fall semester, and December 1st for the spring semester. After the deadlines, applications will be accepted until the program is filled.

Admissions Requirements for Certificate in  Massage Therapy

  1. Complete an application to the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent and submit an official copy of college transcripts (if applicable).
  3. A personal interview with the program director is required.

Clinical Requirements

After acceptance and prior to the first week of classes, all  Massage Therapy students must:

  1. Submit a form (provided by the college and completed by your Physician) stating they are in good physical condition and have no contraindications to receiving massage prior to the first day of class. Hepatitis B immunizations are at the discretion of the physician but are highly recommended.
  2. Complete a Level I criminal background check using our approved vendor ($60) prior to the first day of class.
  3.  Possess and maintain professional liability insurance prior to the first week of any class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at the One Stop ($20/Year, July 1-June 30).
  4. Possess and maintain certification in adult/infant/child CPR and First Aid prior to clinical assignments.
  5.  Test into college level reading.

 Massage Therapy Program Suspension Information

Students matriculated in the Massage Therapy program who do not achieve the required minimum grade of “C” (excluding W and WP grades) in any required course will be suspended from Massage Therapy Program.

 Massage Therapy Readmission Policy

Students matriculated in the Massage Therapy Program who withdraw or are suspended may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the program one time only. Students who have failed a course because of lack of professionalism or unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are not eligible for readmission to the Massage Therapy Program. Readmissions are contingent upon space availability. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission and must have maintained a C or better in all MASS designated and science courses. If two or more semesters have passed before readmission, the student will be required to successfully complete competency exams for prior courses.

In order to be reconsidered for admission the student must submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission consideration to the Therapeutic Massage Program Coordinator. In this letter, briefly outline the reasons you were unable to continue in the program and identify the massage therapy course and level to which you are requesting readmission. Students who have requested readmission consideration will be ranked according to their prior Massage Therapy course average, as space availability is determined. Students will then be readmitted based on their ranking order and at the discretion of the Therapeutic Massage Program Coordinator. Students will then be notified of the status of the request in writing by the Admissions Department.

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to Great Bay Community College transfer credit policy, credit for Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists cannot be more than ten years old at the time of acceptance. Transfer credits for Massage Therapy courses must be from an accredited school and will be at the discretion of the  Massage Therapy Program Coordinator. 

Program Curriculum

Curriculum Recommendations

  • The Certificate Program is designed to be completed in 3 semesters during the day or evening. Part time attendance is not allowed.
  • It is highly recommended that after the first week of MASS161G the student purchase a massage table and massage chair in order to practice at home.

Fall Semester - Full Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS171G Structural Anatomy and Physiology 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS161G Principles of Massage Therapy 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
MASS162G Essentials of Massage Application 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
First 8-Week
MASS150G Physiology of Wellness 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Second 8-Week
MASS181G Pathology and Massage I 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Total Credits 12

Spring Semester - Full Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS251G Advanced Theory and Techniques 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS261G Kinesiology for Massage Therapists 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS191G Clinical Experience I 0 4 1
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 1
MASS281G Ethics for Massage Therapists 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
Total Credits 12

Summer Semester - Full Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS271G Therapeutic Massage Specialties 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
HOS244G Introduction to the Spa Industry 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MASS192G Clinical Experience II 0 4 1
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 1
MASS172G Visceral Anatomy and Physiology 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS182G Pathology and Massage II 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Total Credits 13

Total Overall Credits : 37

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