Massage Therapy


Massage therapy is the systematic and scientific manipulation of soft tissue with the intent of positively affecting the health and well-being of a client. As a health care profession, the education of a massage therapist requires basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, pharmacology, business, self-care, nutrition, hydrotherapy and many other related topics.  There are dozens of massage therapy modalities ranging from therapeutic to relaxation (spa).  Some of these modalities include Swedish massage, sports, reflexology, medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial massage therapy, and pregnancy massage.  The program includes training in both scientific and therapeutic application of many of these modalities.  Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to work independently or work for others in performing a full body relaxation or therapeutic massage session.  Upon completion of the massage therapy program the student will also need to pass a state licensure exam in order to begin the process of applying for licensure.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 8 Months
Clock Hours 750
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees $3,965.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,219.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Massage Therapist750Certificate

***Program Prerequisites***

18 years or older by the first day of class

High school diploma or GED

Pass a background check


Job Expectations

Massage therapy is a physically demanding profession. One typically stands for long periods of time (hour or two is common per session) and must use their hands, arms, and legs in performing the service. Many physical or mental conditions may preclude one from easily performing this work. Allergies to products, lifting issues, carpal tunnel, contagious diseases, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and many other conditions all have ramifications for massage therapy. Work is usually performed in areas with subdued lighting.

Good personal hygiene is a must in the health care industry.  Hair must be restrained. Fingernails MUST be no longer than the tips of the fingers.

Both men and women are in the classroom and you may work on or receive massage from any one of the students.  Draping is always used and required by law. 

Campus Locations

McMinnville Campus
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristics
TN Law and Regulations
Anatomy and Physiology
Myofascial Massage
CPR/First Aid
SOAP Charting
Special Populations
Medical Terminology
Swedish Massage
Relaxation Clinicals
Second Trimester: 
Seated Massage
Business Information
Medical Massage
Rehabilitation Massage
Massage of the Medically Frail
Therapeutic Communication
Therapeutic Massage
Deep Tissue
Therapeutic Clinic


Licensed Massage Therapist

Books and Supplies Lists


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