Award Type: AAS
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Massage Therapy program is designed to provide students with the foundational and advanced technical skills to meet State of Arizona licensure qualifications and is designed to prepare students for employment as massage professionals. The field of massage therapy is a holistic profession focused on helping people improve their physical and emotional well-being. Partnering with instructors and fellow students in a hands-on learning environment, students will gain a deep understanding of massage therapy integrating classic techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, and therapeutic. Students will have opportunities in onsite clinical and classroom settings working with a variety of individuals. Upon completion of this program students will be prepared to work in a range of settings including private practice, physical therapy clinics, chiropractic offices, corporate/franchised spas, sports industry, and destination resorts.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses in the Program.
Students must attend an orientation prior to applying to the program and be advised by the Program Director. A special application must be completed to be officially accepted in the program. Contact the Program Director or Advisement to obtain the Massage Therapy Program packet.
Students should either complete WED250 for 3 credits, or WED250AA (1.5 credits) and WED250AB (1.5 credits), for a total of 3 Clinical Practicum credits.
Students can achieve the AGEC-A by completing the following courses (10-16 credits):
1. Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences/Quantitative [SQ] area (4). CHM130 AND CHM130LL, OR CHM151 AND CHM151LL, are recommended.
2. Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area if not already satisfied through the Social-Behavioral Sciences or Restricted Electives areas (3). REC120, OR HES100, is recommended.
3. Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area if not satisfied through the Critical Reading or Communication requirement (3). EXS290 is recommended.
4. Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area (3). PSY230 Introduction to Statistics, OR MAT206 Elements of Statistics, is recommended.
5. Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area (3). Selection of a course from the Cultural [C], Global [G], or Historical [H] Awareness Areas recommended for students pursuing the AGEC-A.
High school diploma or GED. Completion of Program Prerequisites courses with a grade of C or better. Proof of current immunization: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), tuberculosis skin test (TB), varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, and Hepatitis B vaccine (HEB). Have the ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities. Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the practicum(s). Complete and submit the health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider. Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results. Successfully complete an interview process. Formal application and admission to the program are required.
Background Check Requirements Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.