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Therapeutic Massage (Diploma)

The diploma program in Therapeutic Massage is designed to provide students with the physical and technical skills required by healthcare and personal service employers in a variety of massage settings. These include rehabilitation clinics, fitness centers, medical offices, hospital departments, spas, and integrative environments like chiropractic offices and sports fitness establishments. Students are instructed in and expected to perform a wide range of massage techniques ranging from relaxation skills and stress management to Swedish massage. All clinical massage technique courses will include in-class bodywork. Students will also practice techniques under instructor supervision in the student clinic to hone their developing employee, client/therapist, and technical skills. This practice is required to improve and enhance the quality of bodywork.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to

  • demonstrate competence in delivering classical and contemporary massage techniques;
  • identify the supporting role massage can play in many aspects of the medical field;
  • discuss the medical and therapeutic value of clinical massage with a client;
  • explain the connection of muscle movement and body mechanics as they relate to total wellness;
  • integrate the usage of complimentary therapies like Aromatherapy and other spa services; and
  • coordinate a job search.

Required Courses

TMA 1400Basic Massage Principles and Science I

150 clock hours

TMA 1410Basic Massage Principles and Science II

150 clock hours

TMA 1500Intermediate Massage and Principles and Science I

150 clock hours

TMA 1510Intermediate Massage Principles and Science II

150 clock hours

TMA 1600Advanced Massage Principles and Science

150 clock hours

TMA 1610Massage Practicum and Review

150 clock hours


NOTE:  Graduates must successfully pass the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination) in order to apply to become licensed to practice massage therapy in the State of Alabama.  The Therapeutic Massage curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful in passing the State-approved licensure examination.  However, the College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures either passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board.  This program is not intended to prepare graduates for employment in any state other than Alabama.  Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become licensed, or employed.