Curriculum Overview

Certificate and A.A.S. degree offered

Curriculum detail

Course descriptions

   Curriculum outlines

   Day schedule
   Evening schedule

Certificate in Massage Therapy

With a certificate in massage therapy, you can begin your career in health care. Our strong science-based massage therapy curriculum allows you to graduate as a professional massage therapist and begin your clinical practice - within a short period of time.

Our certificate program provides the extensive technical training, clinical experience and business skills necessary to build a successful practice.

Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy (A.A.S. or AAS)

An associate's degree in massage therapy expands upon the certificate curriculum to include general education courses - providing additional communication and time managment skills that contribute to success in the workplace. Some employers prefer or require a degree for employment or professional advancement in your career.

You have the option to enroll in the A.A.S. program immediately or pursue an A.A.S. degree after you earn your certificate.

Program length

Certificate

  • Day schedule: 3 trimesters, 11½ months 
  • Evening schedule: 4 trimesters, 15½ months  

A.A.S. degree

  • 3 to 5 trimesters, 11½ to 19½ months
  • Day and evening classes available

Program schedule, credits and contact hours

  • Classes held Monday through Thursday (for first-trimester students)
  • Certificate: 42 trimester credits and 922.5 contact hours
  • A.A.S. degree: 60.5 trimester credits and 1207.5 contact hours
  • Clinical experience: hours vary and may include Monday though Saturday

Program admission

  • Review admission requirements
  • Day schedule: new students admitted in January and September
  • Evening schedule: new students admitted in May

Curriculum organization

The certificate in massage therapy curriculum is built on:

  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and nutrition courses –provide thorough overview of the human body’s structure and function
  • Extensive hands-on clinical experience –in a variety of settings that prepare you to practice
  • Assessment and treatment techniques –to tailor massage for the unique needs of your clients
  • Practice management courses - to understand the business, marketing and accounting aspects of your practice
  • Communication, ethics, legal issues and personal learning strategies – to enhance your professional practice

The A.A.S. curriculum consists of the certificate program plus these additional requirements:

Massage Therapy - 3.5 credits required
Communications - 6 credits required*
Social Sciences - 6 credits required*
Humanities - 3 credits required*
    • Critical Thinking for Health Professionals – 3 credits
    • Epistemology of Health - 4 credits
    • Ethics – 3 credits
    • History of Healthcare - 3 credits
    • World History Since 1400 - 4 credits

* Courses offered through the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences. Extra credits will apply toward the electives requirement in your massage therapy curriculum.


Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.

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