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Northwestern Health Sciences University's Massage Therapy program is designed to help you build the massage therapy career that works for you. We center our classes and options around you, your schedule, and your vision of your future career. Here are our top four reasons why our program stands apart:

  1. Flexibility: earn a certificate in relaxation massage or therapeutic massage in under a year with our flexible day and evening programs – or seek an A.A.S. degree
  2. Strong, evidence-based curriculum
  3. Internship options: numerous clinical partnerships and internship opportunities at area hospitals and community clinics
  4. Study in an integrative environment: learn alongside students in other healthcare fields and discover additional treatment modalities

Massage therapy career overview

One of the biggest benefits to working in this fast-growing and flexible field is the variety. Practitioners can learn more than 80 different types of massage treatments. Just a few of these types of massage therapy include deep-tissue, acupressure, reflexology, orthopedic, Swedish and shiatsu. There’s a massage art to ease anyone’s pain: athletes, the elderly, pregnant women, cancer patients, manual laborers, desk jockeys and many more.

While massage therapy is known for relieving the stress we carry in our shoulders, it’s also commonly used to alleviate osteoarthritis, post-operative pain, carpal tunnel, high blood pressure, headaches, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies and alcohol withdrawal. Remember that many of those spas and fitness centers you see opening their doors for the first time are looking for skilled massage therapists—the same goes for hospitals, retirement homes, sports teams, massage franchises, hotels, and cruise ships. Or, you can be your own boss!

Our graduates are at the top of their game



NWHSU Massage Therapy program graduate Kelli Quist is the first full-time massage therapist for the Minnesota Twins. Check out South Dakota-based KDLT News's video that highlights her exciting and fulfilling career.

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Job market outlook

Massage Therapists: 22% growth

National average, all jobs: 7% growth

(U.S. Department of Labor)


Median: $38,040

Top 10%: $74,860

(U.S. Department of Labor)

By the numbers

-          39.1 million U.S. adults receive massage services every year (American Massage Therapy Association)

-          Massage therapists charge an average of $68 for a one-hour session (American Massage Therapy Association)

-          Massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the U.S. in 2015 (IBIS World Industry Report)

Thoughts from a pro

“Clients will ask me how I knew that it hurt there. It’s the anatomical knowledge that I acquired. There is a science to it, not just a feeling.”—Kelli Quist, graduate and Minnesota Twins massage therapist

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Get in touch with an admissions representative today if you'd like to learn more about our Massage Therapy program! Call 952-885-5409 or email

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