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Clinical Sports Massage Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 316A

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

The AAS in Clinical Sports Massage builds upon the existing Massage Therapy Certificate Program. Graduates perform thorough patient assessments and develop care plans based on assessments. Students implement care plans using carefully selected techniques for the given disorders, including recommended exercises to the client. Clinical Sports Massage techniques include, but are not limited to, friction therapy, trigger point therapy, active and passive engagement techniques, scraping techniques, fascial release techniques, manual lymphatic drainage and advanced stretching modalities.

Career Opportunities

Huge growth in age group sports such as triathlon, running, skiing, soccer, rugby and hockey, have led to more people returning to a sporting lifestyle than ever before. The direct correlation is an increase in injuries and/or need for prevention of injury. With increased proven results utilizing various soft tissue manual therapies, more people are relying on well trained Clinical Sports Massage Therapists to alleviate and/or prevent injury. There is a large demand for Clinical Sports Massage Therapists in rehabilitation facilities, sports chiropractic offices, onsite sports events, health clubs, and with selfemployment. The Clinical Sports Massage Advanced Certificate qualifies graduates to apply for board certification. All classes within this curriculum qualify as continuing education for massage therapy.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will provide application of manual techniques to positively contribute to the well-being of the client in a safe and skillful manner.
  2. Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification exam in massage therapy.
  3. Graduates will be prepared for employment in an entry-level capacity.
  4. Graduates will be prepared to take the Board Certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB).
  5. Graduates will be prepared for employment in a sports and rehabilitation environment.

Program Faculty

Nick Bohrer

Jeremy Sartain

Day and Evening Classes

Classes may be offered day and evening.

Textbook and Supply Costs

Students should expect to spend approximately $1,900.00 for books and supplies. (Does not include massage table.) This cost is in addition to tuition and fees.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Requirements

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

Subtotal: 50 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area​

General Education Requirements: 16 Credits

Course Sequence

For part-time or customized course sequence contact Jeremy Sartain at 651.846.1619 or email 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 Semester Credits: 18

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 18

Total Program Credits: 66

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

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

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  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  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.

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