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Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma

Location(s): In Person

Program Overview

Major ID: 421D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring

The Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma program is designed to prepare students for professional massage therapy practice in a variety of settings.  The program includes all components recommended by The Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations including theory, anatomy, kinesiology, business, ethics, pathology, and a wide variety of outcome-based techniques.  This program graduates massage therapists who manipulate soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain and dysfunction, using techniques such as Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, and various Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques.  Graduates integrate clinical massage techniques to positively contribute to the wellbeing of the client in a safe, skillful and professional 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. Graduates perform massage therapy in health spas, resorts, health clubs, retirement residences, country clubs, hospitals, chiropractic offices, long-term care facilities, clinics, or may be self-employed.

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Produce an effective clinical massage therapy session.
  2. Apply appropriate techniques based on knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and pathology. 
  3. Implement a self-care strategy including the application of proper body mechanics.
  4. Demonstrate successful and ethical therapeutic relationships with clients, colleagues and other health care workers.
  5. Develop strategies for a successful practice, business, or employment situation.

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 $1,000.00 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 saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

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

Total: 36 Credits

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 Program Credits: 36

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   

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.