Sep 21, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Massage Therapist, A.S. (443.3)

Associate of Science

MAS Outlook and Outcomes       MAS Essential Functions       

This program is designed to prepare students for a career in professional massage therapy.  Students complete the Massage Therapist certificate coursework en route to completing the associate degree requirements.  Graduates of the comprehensive associate of science degree program are eligible to apply for licensure as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. Completion of the degree program prepares students to be proficient at communicating effectively with clients, families and other healthcare practitioners, assessing client needs, as well as designing and implementing evidence-based, client-specific massage therapy approaches. Graduates of the degree program learn advanced soft tissue interventions for clinical and spa environments and gain more in-depth knowledge and skills relevant to starting and managing a business in massage therapy.

Licensed massage therapists may work as independent contractors or employees in a variety of health-related settings including pain management clinics, wellness retreat centers, hospice facilities, orthopedic centers and physical therapy and chiropractic offices. Licensed therapists may also be employed in athletic clubs, resorts, spas, yoga centers, golf resorts and country clubs, beauty salons, dance studios and on cruise ships.  The associate degree is intended for students with interest in obtaining additional knowledge and skills in starting a business as a professional massage therapist. 

Enrollment is limited by lab size and other factors. Students must make separate application to the program. Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in high school science courses or develop these skills prior to program admission. Applicants must be eligible for all college-level courses. All applicable credits earned from other schools must be transferred in to CCAC to appear on one transcript which is sent to the PA State Board of Massage Therapy upon graduation.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Plan, organize and perform an effective massage and bodywork session for therapeutic benefit.
  2. Display skill in developing professional and ethical relationships with diverse clients and interdisciplinary health care teams.
  3. Evaluate and implement strategies for self-care, personal health and wellness, successful practice, business or employment situations and on-going professional development.
  4. Apply evidence-based practices of massage therapy within scope of practice.
  5. Develop a plan to create, market, maintain and grow a professional massage therapy and wellness business.

Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Completion of the program will also provide the education requirement needed for graduates to later pursue the advanced credential certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Because certification and licensing requirement vary by state, students who plan to relocate after graduation are encouraged to verify the educational requirements in states other than Pennsylvania.

A criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to take the licensure examination or obtain state licensure. A majority of the states require a license to practice massage therapy. Applicants must submit a criminal background check for acceptance into the program.

Degree Requirements

Total: 17 Credits

Total: 16 Credits

Total: 3 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Fourth Semester (Electives)

Electives below are required for completion of the associate degree program.  These courses can be completed prior to entrance into the program, in addition to planned scheduled courses or during summer semesters.

Total: 13-17 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 61–64

1 Students can substitute BIO 115  or BIO 161   and BIO 162   for BIO 103  

2 Students can substitute BIO 160  or BIO 241  for MAS 111  

3 Recommend SPH 101 - Oral Communication  

4 Choose MAT elective level 100 or higher


Transfer Opportunities for Health Service Management

CCAC graduates in Allied Health careers can further their education in Health Services Management/ Administration through articulation agreements with Carlow University  or Robert Morris University .