The Therapeutic Massage Program is designed to provide the essential skills to become a bodywork practitioner. Curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our students. The Student Massage Practice Center provides a hands-on opportunity for students to improve their skills in a professional-type atmosphere under the guidance of a licensed therapist/instructor. Discover more by attending one of our monthly Therapeutic Massage Orientations.
In only a few semesters, you can be on your way to working as a licensed therapist in a spa, health club, medical clinic, or other exciting location!
Skills and Knowledge
Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:
- Explain the physiology, benefits, indications, and contraindications and effects of the nine basic massage techniques
- Appraise and refine therapeutic massage techniques to cultivate mastery of skills, abilities, and aptitudes.
- Describe and demonstrate the attachments, actions, therapeutic stretches, and palpation of trigger points of skeletal muscles.
- Perform a complete body massage appropriate for the client.
- Use therapeutic massage skills in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a site director and the program coordinator.
Program Certificate & Degree
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Therapeutic Massage
- Certificate of Completion (CCL) Therapeutic Massage
AAS graduates can transfer credits to other colleges/universities for their Bachelor’s degree in various health or recreation related fields. In addition, the AAS transfers directly to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Wellness at ASU East Campus and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at all ASU locations. Students who plan to transfer should contact an Academic Program Advisor.
The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona.
Eligibility for Licensure
In Arizona, one must obtain a license from the AZ Board of Massage Therapy before being able to practice. This can be obtained only after the successful completion of a minimum of 700 clock hours of professional training at an accredited school recognized by the Board.
Upon completion of the certificate program or AAS degree in Therapeutic Massage, students are eligible to apply for Arizona State Licensure. To obtain an application packet and/or seek additional information on state licensure go to: www.massageboard.az.gov.
Accreditation and Certification
Phoenix College is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission. The Phoenix College Therapeutic Massage Program is an approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for the following courses:
- WED 151 — Introduction to Alternative Medicine
- WED 215 — Self-Care for Health Care Providers
- WED 297AC — Traditional Chinese Medicine
At one time, massage treatments were primarily requested by the wealthy, vacationing, athletes, or those with health-related issues. Today, people of varied income levels are receiving massage more frequently, even on a routine basis, as society has taken a greater interest and involvement in their own health and well-being. This has created a great need for more therapists in every aspect of the field, both holistic and allopathic.
The beginning salary greatly depends on where the therapist is working. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information
Note: A massage therapist may have anywhere from 2–6 clients per day, depending on the place of practice and volume of clientele. Although some establishments will pay hourly for the time the therapist is on shift, most pay on commission. Overall, the rate per hour can increase significantly by the amount of gratuities earned.
It is strongly advised that all massage therapists, whether working independently or in an establishment, be affiliated with a professional bodywork organization that provides liability insurance to protect oneself from any possible lawsuits. The two most common providers are Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Many other services and support are also provided; yearly membership is approximately $200–$250, depending on membership level.