Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy is a branch of health care that uses a variety of manual techniques, called modalities, to treat illnesses and injuries, relieve pain and stress, and improve general well-being. When massage therapists treat their patients, they rely on touch, medical knowledge, and instinct to successfully alleviate patient conditions and illnesses that they cannot necessarily see. Most massage therapy programs involve 500-1,000 hours of study and practice. Along with regular classroom instruction, clinical experiences and lots of hands-on practice are a substantial part of the curriculum. Typical college courses include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, ethics, and different massage techniques. Classes in marketing and business will come in handy if you decide to start your own business in the future. As a massage therapy major, you must be prepared to practice techniques with other students and test subjects, and be comfortable with partial nudity and touching strangers. You must also be empathetic and be able to remain professional when working closely with another person in an intimate, one-on-one setting. You should be physically fit and/or take classes in physical education so you will have the stamina and strength necessary to do your job. There are more than 200 modalities (including acupuncture, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, acupressure, etc.), and many massage therapists choose to specialize in several of them. Most professionals continue learning new techniques long after graduation to ensure they're providing all the services their patients may need. As a massage therapist, you'll be able to work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practices, private residences, gyms, or spas. Some massage therapists work as freelancers or launch their own businesses.

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Idaho State University

Originally founded as The Academy of Idaho, Idaho State University is a 4-year public research university in southeast Idaho. ISU is home to six colleges conferring degrees in over 250 academic programs of study and offers a Career Path Internship...

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Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College is a two-year institution based in Columbus, Ohio. CSCC offers technical certifications and associate degree and college credit for life experiences. The most popular majors are nursing assistant, logistics and supply...

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Phoenix College

Established in 1920, Phoenix College is the flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest provider of higher education and career training in Arizona. Phoenix College offers a variety of facilities for students, including a dental clinic...

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Oakland Community College is a public 2-year institution with headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with an open admissions policy. OCC operates five campuses and is the largest community college in the state. Nearly half of all OCC students...

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Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Rochester, New York. Students attending MCC can enroll in one of many 2+2 programs, in which students can earn an associate’s degree and be guaranteed consequent enrollment in...

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SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville is located in Central New York, on 150 acres in a town of the same name. Morrisville offers more than 75 degree programs, both bachelor's and associate's, in agriculture, technology, business, social sciences, and liberal arts....

“…” – Cheyanne from Earlville, NY

Vincennes University

With campus overlooking the Wabash River, Vincennes University is a 4-year public school in southwest Indiana. The first public college founded in the state, VU operates four campuses around Indiana and confers bachelor’s degrees in 18 academic...

“…” – Bailey Petty from Alexandria, IN

De Anza College

De Anza College is a public community college based in Cupertino, California, with an open admissions policy. The campus, considered the top Silicon Valley college for transferring students to 4-year universities, boasts the Euphrat Museum of Art,...

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Northern Wyoming Community College District

Northern Wyoming Community College District is a multi-campus community college with locations in both Sheridan and Gillette, WY. The institutions serve Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson counties, conferring three associate degrees: Associate of Arts...

“…” – Derek from Forsyth, MT

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul College is a community and technical college with an open admissions policy. Qualifying students who have graduated from Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools may attend the college tuition-free through the Power of YOU program. Saint...

Schoolcraft College is a public 2-year community college in Livonia, Michigan. The school offers traditional courses for credit as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development classes. They use an open admissions policy and students can...

“…” – Vanessa from Detroit, MI

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Arizona. Along with its main campus in Chandler, the college also maintains satellite locations in Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. The Student Life at CGCC...

“…” – Staci from Gilbert, AZ

Parkland College

Parkland College is a two-year community college based in Champaign, IL, that confers associate's degrees and workforce certificates. It's home to the Institute of Aviation, as well as the second-largest planetarium in Illinois, the Staerkel...

“…” – Alessa from Urbana, IL

Butler Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in El Dorado, Kentucky, with satellite campuses in Rose Hill, Andover, Wichita, Marion, and Council Grove. Butler offers Meta Majors as one of their many pathway options, which are...

“…” – Ethan from Bel Aire, KS

Baker College

Formed by the consolidation of Baker Business University and Muskegon College, Baker College is a career and vocational school with several campus locations throughout Michigan. Baker confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and students...

“…” – Jamie from Grand Blanc, MI

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oceanside, California, with satellite facilities located in Cardiff and Carlsbad. MiraCosta offers over 60 fields of study within its six pathway programs, including a bachelor’s degree...

“…” – Oralia from Vista, CA

Camden County College

Camden County College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Blackwood, New Jersey, with three additional campuses in Camden, Sicklerville, and Cherry Hill. The college features a number of useful student resources, such as the...

“…” – Christina from Sicklerville, NJ

Owens Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campus locations in Toledo and Findlay, Ohio. Owens offers over 100 academic programs, including a number of Dual Admission Express Programs, which guarantee admission to regional colleges...

“…” – Dana from Rossford, OH

Pitt Community College is a 2-year community college serving eastern North Carolina that also houses a vocational technical school. PCC offers students assistance in order to transfer to a traditional 4-year college thanks to partnerships built up...

“…” – Destiny from Greenville, NC

Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is a 2-year community college with over 40 locations throughout the state of Indiana. It is the largest public higher education institution in the state and the largest statewide community college system in the United...

“…” – Nathan from Indianapolis, IN

Arizona Western College offers workforce, academic, and career technical programs throughout their 12 locations in AZ. The main campus is located in Yuma, the sunniest year-round city in the US and has the warmest winters. Arizona Western College has...

“…” – Margaret from Somerton, AZ

Central Arizona College is a public, community college primarily located in the city of Coolidge, with seven additional campuses throughout Pinal County. The CAC focus is to provide a wide variety of affordable degrees and certificates to an equally...

“…” – Kirk from Chandler Heights, AZ

Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Community College is a public, 2-year institution with a main location near Chicago, Illinois, in Sugar Grove. Waubonsee has three satellite locations, as well, two in Aurora and one in Plano. The community college offers two types of...

“…” – Caitlin from Sugar Grove, IL

Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Adrian, Michigan. Along with the main campus, the college also hosts a number of degree completion centers throughout the state. Students attending SHU have the...

“…” – Daniell from Dearbron Heights, MI

The College of Southern Maryland is a 2-year community college located in the town of La Plata, near the Potomac River. To ease the transition from high school, CSMD provides a First Year Experience program to help incoming students adapt to campus...

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Gaston College is a public, 2-year institution established in Dallas, North Carolina, with satellite facilities located in Lincolnton and Belmont. The college offers over 100 academic programs, which award associate’s degrees, certificates, and...

“…” – Amanda from Iron Station, NC

Originally housed in a local high school, Morton College is a 2-year institution and the second oldest community college in Illinois. Morton is home to eight academic departments offering associate degrees and certificate programs. Additionally,...

“…” – Zitlali from Chicago, IL

Pueblo Community College is a 2-year institution with three locations in south central Colorado. PCCC offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, including a Fire Science technology program with concentrations in structural and wildland...

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Surrounded by a heavily wooded area in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandhills Community College is a rural 2-year community college in the Tar Heel State. As the first community college in North Carolina to offer a transfer degree to a 4-year...

Whatcom Community College is a 2-year college in northern Washington state. Whatcom is home to 10 academic departments offering associate degree and certificate programs as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in IT Networking and...

“…” – Caitlin from Bellingham, WA

Stark State College

Stark State College is a community college with transferable higher education and career development programs. SSC primarily confers associate degrees, but students can earn a bachelor’s degree at Stark State College’s main campus through a...

“…” – Rachel from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Niagara County Community College is a 2-year community college in western New York State and part of the State University of New York system. NCCC confers associate degrees in over 60 academic fields of study. Additionally, the college makes 10...

“…” – Sarah from Afton, NY

Johnston Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and four extension sites in eastern North Carolina. Johnston is home to 11 academic departments featuring over 40 degree and certificate-granting programs. Its Transportation...

Allegany College of Maryland is a public, 2-year institution established in Cumberland, with satellite locations in Somerset and Everett, Pennsylvania. ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate, and letter of recognition programs in a variety...

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Formerly known as Universidad Metropolitana, Universidad Ana G. Méndez is an undergraduate research university with four campuses throughout Puerto Rico. UAGM is home to nine schools offering bachelor’s degree programs. For students with small...

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Peninsula College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Along with the main campus in Monterey, MPC also maintains learning centers in both Seaside and Marina. Students enrolled at MPC have access to a...

“…” – Maria from salinas, CA

From a campus that began as a converted World War II navy base, Clover Park Technical College is a 2-year institution south of Seattle. CPTC is home to seven schools offering over 40 academic programs in subjects such as aerospace, hospitality, and...

“…” – Denise from Tacoma, WA

Davidson County Community College is a 2-year community college in central North Carolina. DCCC offers numerous degrees and certificates among four schools of learning and many of its courses are available online. Students who earn DCCC credits are...

“…” – Kashina from Thomasville, NC

Lenoir Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and eight extension sites in eastern North Carolina. LCC is home to five academic departments offering 46 associate degree-granting programs. For students who need help transitioning to...

Georgia Northwestern Technical College maintains seven campuses in northwest Georgia offering technical courses towards 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates. GNTC offers several programs online or in a hybrid format and partners with the...

“…” – Mandy from Taylorsville, GA

Finger Lakes Community College is a 2-year community college affiliated with SUNY. FLCC offers courses in over 50 departments as well as eight fully-accredited online degree programs. The Finger Lakes athletic department features men’s and women’s...

“…” – marlene from geneva, NY

Ridgewater College is a 2-year community and technical college in central Minnesota. Ridgewater ranks as the best community college in Minnesota for Career Preparedness according to the ACT and offers over 100 degrees and certificates. Students who...

“…” – Theresa from Willmar, MN

With four campuses serving a six-county area, Central Oregon Community College is the oldest 2-year institution in the state. COCC is home to over 75 academic programs and offers degrees and certificates in such eclectic fields as Baking and Pastry...

“…” – Marissa from Bend, OR

Community College of Allegheny County is a public, 2-year institution located throughout Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, Oakdale, West Mifflin, Washington, Monroeville, and Braddock Hills. With over 150 academic programs leading to a variety of career...

“…” – Nicole from Allison Park, PA

The Community College of Rhode Island stands out as the only 2-year community college in The Ocean State. It also maintains its standing as the largest community college in New England. CCRI offers majors in 24 academic departments. Over the years,...

“…” – Dylan from Smithfield, RI

Butler County Community College is a 2-year institution with six locations in western Pennsylvania. BC3 is home to four academic divisions--Business, STEM, Health Care, and Humanities & Social Sciences--offering degrees in 55 academic programs....

“…” – Kristin from Grove City, PA

Renton Technical College is a 2-year career and technical institution in western Washington state. Renton Tech is home to seven areas of study offering more than 60 degree and certificate programs. The college’s Transportation Technology department...

“…” – Enkh-amgalan from Edmonds, WA

Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in the city of Belleville, with two satellite campuses in Granite City and Red Bud. The main campus in Belleville is home to the Schmidt Art Center, which features a...

“…” – Alexander from Waterloo, IL

With a campus along the shore of the majestic Bogue Sound, a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Carteret Community College is a 2-year institution in eastern North Carolina. Carteret is home to four academic departments and 38 degree and...

One of the largest 2-year community colleges in the state of North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College serves students in Winston-Salem and its surrounding area.  Forsyth Tech’s Student Success Center employs a number of personal and career...

“…” – Sarah from Kernersville, NC

Springfield Technical Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Massachusetts. STCC is the only technical community college in the state, making its catalogue of over 90 career programs particularly unique to the...

“…” – Abigail from Springfield, MA

Trinidad State Junior College is a 2-year institution and the first community college in the state of Colorado. Trinidad State’s two campuses are home to over 45 degree and certificate granting academic programs. The junior college utilizes its...

“…” – Alexandra from Trinidad, CO

Trocaire College is a private Catholic college in Buffalo offering associate degrees and certificates in 13 subjects mostly relating to healthcare studies as well as one bachelor’s degree program in Healthcare Informatics. In addition to academic...

“…” – Neada from Amherst, NY

CUNY Queensborough Community College is a 2-year public school located in Bayside, NY. CUNY Queensborough offers certifications and associate’s degrees as well as college credit for life experiences. The school has an open admissions policy. Many...

“…” – Jennifer from Jamaica, NY

Great Bay Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses in eastern New Hampshire. GBCC confers associate degrees in 29 fields of study and is also home to 27 certificate-granting programs and the college’s Hospitality Management program...

“…” – Jedidiah from Barnstead, NH

Parker University is a private, 4-year health education institution established in Dallas, Texas. The college offers academic programs in the Health Sciences that award both certificates and degrees ranging from associate to doctoral-level. Students...

Ogeechee Technical College is a 2-year technical school in eastern Georgia with academic programs in 36 departments. OTC offers several degrees and certificates in unique fields such as Funeral Service Education and Fish & Wildlife Management. All...

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a 2-year technical college and the only public institute of technology in Washington state. LWTech offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 areas of study and eight bachelor’s degree programs,...

“…” – Elizabeth from Bothell, WA

Asheville-Bunbombe Technical Community College is a 2-year community college in western North Carolina that offers degrees and certificates in over 120 fields of study. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between A-B Tech and the University of...

“…” – beverly from Asheville, NC

The Community College of Baltimore County is a 2-year institution with three full-service campuses, three education centers, and with several courses housed in Baltimore County public schools. This accessibility extends to 20 totally online degree...

“…” – Briana from Baltimore, MD

Williston State College is a 2-year community college in northwest North Dakota and part of the North Dakota University system. WSC is home to five academic departments offering associate degrees and certificates. Of those, 12 degrees and...

“…” – Melissa from GRENORA, ND

As the only public college in New York’s Adirondack Park region, North Country Community College is a 2-year institution and part of the State University of New York system. Among North Country’s 20 degree-granting fields of study, the college’s...

Keiser University is a 4-year private school with a main campus in south Florida and satellite campuses throughout the state. Featuring a career-focused curriculum, Keiser confers bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over 100 academic programs. All...

Illinois Valley Community College is a 2-year institution serving an eight county area and the second oldest community college in Illinois. Illinois Valley’s academic offerings feature a Wind Energy program that utilizes the college’s prairie...

Established in 1970, Community College of Vermont is a public, 2-year institution located in Montpelier, with several other campuses throughout the state. CCV offers 13 associate’s degree programs and eight certificate programs, the majority of which...

“…” – Elizabeth from Rutland, VT

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with its traditional class offerings, Tri-C also offers online course options through their flagship Cable College program, which has been offering...

South Piedmont Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses and two extension centers in south-central North Carolina. South Piedmont is home to nine academic departments of degree and certificate-granting programs, as well as an...

Established in 1941, Northwestern Health Sciences University is a private, medical education institution located on a scenic, 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota. Northwestern offers over 10 academic programs in a variety of Health Science...

The National University of Health Sciences is a school of integrative and alternative health care with two campuses in the Chicagoland area and western Florida. NUHS offers a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science as well as an associate degree in...

The New York College of Health Professions is a school of holistic health and wellness instruction with a main campus on Long Island as well as three NYC locations. Academic programs at New York College consist of five schools specializing in Massage...

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Featuring a main campus a short walk from the US/Canada border, St. Clair County Community College is a 2-year institution in eastern Michigan. Known as “SC4,” the college features degree and certificate programs in five academic departments,...

“…” – Elizabeth from China, MI

Established in 1975, Mountwest Community and Technical College is a public, 2-year institution located in Huntington, West Virginia. MCTC offers over 50 liberal arts, career-technical, and non-traditional degree options, with programs awarding...

Minnesota State College Southeast is a 2-year technical and community college with two campuses. MSC Southeast is home to eight technical and vocational academic departments featuring over 30 degree and certificate-granting programs. Additionally,...

“…” – robin from Prescott, WI

Established in 1964, Southeastern Community College in North Carolina is a public, 2-year institution located on a 246-acre campus in Whiteville. SCCNC offers 26 career-oriented programs, awarding diplomas, certificates, and associate’s degrees upon...

Orange Technical College-Westside is a 2-year technical and vocational school in central Florida and a campus of OTC. The campus offers courses in eight academic departments conferring 17 degrees and certificates. Westside is the only OTC campus...

Established in 2004, Clary Sage College is a private, 2-year institution located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clary Sage offers nine career-oriented diploma programs in various cosmetology and design fields of study. Students at Clary Sage have the...

Established in 1964, Tri-County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Murphy, North Carolina, with satellite centers in Robbinsville and Marble. TCCC offers over 30 programs of study, which are primarily career-oriented and...

The Technical College of the Rockies is a trade school serving a six-county area in western Colorado. TCR hosts eight full-time and five part-time vocational academic programs. Additionally, TCR features certification classes in Welding, Dental...