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Massage Therapy Certificate

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 197C

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Massage Therapy Certificate program meets requirements for National Certification as well as professional membership in American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Massage Therapists manipulate soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, using techniques such as Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques, and Travel Trigger Point Therapy. Graduates of the certificate program integrate manual massage techniques to positively contribute to the wellbeing of the client in a safe and skillful manner.

Career Opportunities

The employment outlook for massage therapists is projected to be better than average in the upcoming years. The increasing population, increasing personal incomes, longer life spans, and an increasing recognition that massage is beneficial to reduce stress, relieve pain, and improve overall health all contribute to an increased demand for these workers. Factors affecting long term growth include economic well-being and the degree to which insurance companies and HMOs will reimburse for this service. Graduates perform massage therapy in health spas, resorts, health clubs, retirement residences, country clubs, hospitals, chiropractic offices, long-term care facilities, and clinics, or may be self-employed.

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Plan and organize an effective massage and bodywork session.
  2. Perform massage therapy and bodywork for therapeutic benefit.
  3. Develop and implement a self-care strategy.
  4. Develop successful and ethical therapeutic relationships with clients.
  5. Develop a strategy for a successful practice, business, or employment situation.
  6. Identify strategies for professional development.

Program Faculty

Nick Bohrer

Jeremy Sartain

Day and Evening Classes

Day and evening options are available to complete the program.

Textbook and Supply Costs

Students should expect to spend approximately $900.00 for books and supplies. (Does not include massage table.) This cost is in addition to tuition and fees.

Program Requirements

All technical courses (HLTH, MASS) must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Course Sequence

For part-time or customized course sequence contact Jeremy Sartain at 651.846.1619 or email jeremy.sartain@saintpaul.edu. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Program Credits: 30

Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 200+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Degree option may have a greater requirement than this certificate.

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