Massage Therapist

10 Months - Diploma

Program Overview

The Massage Therapist program offers a well-rounded curriculum that blends knowledge of therapeutic massage with the knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. The program focuses on practical experience offered in a fully equipped clinical setting and introduces a variety of specialized modalities, including Swedish massage, sports massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular techniques, and massage for special needs populations. The program also includes the business skills necessary for the student to enter the field as an independent practitioner. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience.

Course Outline

  • Career Success Strategies
  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Medical Terminology Essentials
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Ethics for Massage Therapy
  • Swedish Massage I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Myology I
  • Pathology for Massage Therapists
  • Swedish Massage II
  • Massage Modalities
  • Sports Massage
  • Kinesiology
  • Myology II
  • Nutrition and Safety
  • Neurologic Techniques in Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy Clinic I
  • Massage Therapy Clinic II
  • Modalities for Special Needs Clients
  • Shiatsu
  • Massage Business Practices/Career Dev.
  • Massage Therapy Certification Review
  • Massage Therapy Clinic III
  • Massage Therapy Clinic IV

Certification Opportunities

The Massage Therapist program is designed to prepare the student for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Passing this exam is part of the requirements for licensure and employment in Pennsylvania. Applicants to the Massage Therapist program who wish to relocate are encouraged to research out-of-state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students who wish to apply for licensure in New York and other states may require additional coursework.
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Massage Therapist Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Massage Therapist Program

  • Peek n’ Peak, Clymer NY
  • Bella Salon and Day Spa, North East PA
  • Professional Massage Therapy of Erie, Erie PA
  • Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport PA
  • A New Day Massage and Yoga Studio, Warren PA
  • Independent Contractor, Kane PA
  • Coventina Day Spa, Waterford PA
  • Nash Chiropractic Healthcare, Erie PA
  • Massage Envy, Erie PA

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Advantages of Great Lakes

Job Placement Assistance

All graduates get personalized job placement assistance from one of our dedicated Employment Specialists. They'll help you find employment (locally or anywhere in the U.S.) after you graduate and even help you years later should you need it.

Financial Aid

Paying for higher education can be confusing and intimidating. Our Financial Aid counselors will help make the process straight forward and help you apply for aid and scholarships

Hands-On Education

A big part of your education here will consist of hands-on training. You'll learn to use equipment used by professionals as well as work in labs that are similar to what you'll find in the field.

Experienced and Proven

Great Lakes has been educating residents of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We've trained thousands of students and have helped them begin exciting, lifelong careers in their field of study.


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