Massage Therapy Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Government license, IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage. 513501


Program Synopsis Massage Therapy Certificate

Program Location: Superstition Mountain Campus

Course Objective:
Description: Massage Therapy includes 735 hours of basic curriculum which prepares individuals for entry level positions performing massage therapy in a variety of settings. This program includes relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, massage therapy for special populations, spa treatments and hydrotherapy. Included in the program is a Chiropractic Assistant Certification program. Additional topics include physiotherapy, body mechanics, acupuncture, anatomy, pathophysiology, business skills, and complementary and alternative medicine.

Pre-Degree Requirements: (Before applying to the program, students need to have completed the following):
* High school diploma or GED.
* RDG100 College Reading or equivalent reading assessment option -
* Visa or students whose first language is not English need to submit a passing score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
* Meet with the program director.

Competencies to be achieved:
* Correlate the knowledge acquired in the general education courses with massage therapy concepts and practice. (Synthesis Level)
* Demonstrate, explain, and critique various methods of massage therapy. (Evaluation Level)
* Apply knowledge of massage history, benefits and contraindications, body mechanics, draping, hygiene, sanitation, and safety to critique client care. (Evaluation Level)
* Apply medical law and ethics, including legal guidelines/requirements for health care, medical ethics, and related issues, and risk management in case studies. (Synthesis Level)
* Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and psychology in application of various massages to clients with specific needs. (Synthesis Level)
* Incorporate appropriate and effective communications, including verbal and nonverbal interactions with others. (Synthesis Level)
* Adapt for individualized needs in massage therapy. (Synthesis Level)
* Demonstrate application of electronic technology in massage therapy. (Application Level)
* Combine professional components, including operating a business, personal attributes, job readiness, and workplace dynamics as they relate to massage therapy. (Synthesis Level)
* Critique and problem solve issues related to the field of massage therapy. (Evaluation Level)
* Summarize the roles of the chiropractic assistant in the chiropractic office atmosphere, including professional standards of conduct. (Analysis Level)
* Demonstrate and critique entry-level competencies in administrative procedures in office management including history taking, record keeping, scheduling, and phone etiquette. (Evaluation Level)
* Apply the concepts of acupuncture and physiotherapy for chiropractic therapy to clients and create a care plan. (Synthesis Level)
* Evaluate massage therapy's role in complementary and alternative medicine. (Evaluation Level)

Total Cost of Program (include all costs to student including testing, licensure):
Tuition (In-State) 39 x $75 = $2,925
Tuition (Out of State) 39 x $150 = $5,850

Additional Fees:
* Background check $96
* Drug screening $15-$20 drug screening
* CPR Certification $45-$50 CPR certification
* 2 Sets of fingerprints (Level 1 finger clearance card & final fingerprint card for licensure) $50
* Miscellaneous for grey scrubs
* A sports physical by a physician

Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):
* Success from the Start Business Principles for Massage Therapists by Debra Koerner (LMT136)
* The Balanced Body: A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy by Donald W Scheumann (LMT280)
* Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists by Anne Williams (LMT282)
* Better Health with Foot Reflexology, by Byers, D (LMT281)
* Susan Salvo 6th Edition Massage Therapy Principles and Practices
* The Balanced Body: A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy Third Edition
* Spa Balanced Body: A Guide for Massage Therapists
* Koerner, Debra; Success from the Start: Business Principles (For Massage Therapists 1st Edition 2013; F.A. Davis)

Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition):
* 1 Set of Twin Sheets
* Grey Scrubs
* Background Checks
* Clearance Card
* Books
* Drug Screening
* Sports Physical
* Tuition depends on Certificate or AAS.

WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:
Name: Veronica Duran
Phone number: 520-494-5111 

Direct Website link to the program:

Additional information:
Background check requirements for licensing and background restrictions for working in the occupation:
We use American Data bank for the background check, drug screen, CPR, and document management.

Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):

: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)
Industry Recognized:
(Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)
Yes or No: Yes
Nationally Recognized Industry Association or Organization: MBLEx certification exam preparation. Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. The MBLEx is only required for national certification and automatic reciprocity throughout the US.
Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)
Yes or No: Yes
Career Pathway: Courses completed apply towards the A.A.S. Massage Therapy degree. Courses also apply towards a bachelor’s degree in health sciences at Northern Arizona University.
Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)
Yes or No (Explain): Yes. Arizona licensing may have reciprocity in other states.
Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)
Yes or No: Yes.
Accrediting Agency and link to website: Higher Learning Commission; . This program also meets the educational requirements of the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy for becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. .

Credential Attainment Rate:
Percentage of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential during WIOA program participation or within one year after exit from WIOA. Not Tracked at this time.


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent


Central Arizona College

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based


Training Location(s)

Superstition Mountain Campus

Local WIB

2003 - ARIZONA@WORK - Pinal

Type of Attainment:


Name of Credential

Massage Therapy Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell Grant; Scholarship

Refund Policy

See Synopsis

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - HLC; Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)


In-State/District Tuition


Other Fees

$350.00 Background & Drug Screen; CPR Card; Scrubs;License

Out-of-State/District Tuition


Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

31-9011.00Massage Therapists
$20.74 per hour
Required Certification: Arizona Massage Therapy License

Provider Status



8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128

Phone Number

(520) 494-5444

Web Address

Last Updated

Mar 28, 2024


Feb 16, 2012


Jul 19, 2020

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