Develop a healing touch.

Prepare for a rewarding career.

The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being by using a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the body.

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FAQ'S

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 32% finished in 18 months.

     

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $6,601
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 89% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

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Therapeutic Massage Certificate from Baker College

Therapeutic MassageCertificate

Develop a healing touch.

Prepare for a rewarding career.

The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being by using a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the body.

Discover Your Future Therapeutic Massage Career

Career Facts

$35,970

Median salary for Massage Therapists

23%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$39,430

Median salary for Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides

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Overview

In the Baker College Therapeutic Massage certificate program, you learn therapeutic massage techniques that are used in clinical settings. In addition to your classroom work and lab training, your studies include actual clinical work. 

It’s a complete program, designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to begin a career focused on improving your clients’ overall health, flexibility, and mobility. 

When you complete the program, you’ll be fully prepared to take any nationally recognized certification examination including the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) needed for state licensure.

Course Information
Requirements50 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MSG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles and applications of Swedish Massage; along with a fundamental overview of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. Students will demonstrate the massage techniques utilized in Swedish Massage and be able to perform a full body massage. Students will develop a basic understanding of the major muscles of the human body and its skeletal system. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.  

Massage Therapy I4
MSG 102A
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3 Quarter Hours

Broadens the student's experience by introducing more advanced techniques utilized in massage therapy. Students will be acquainted with and understand the essential principles of these bodywork systems. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Massage Therapy II3
MSG 111B
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual surface muscles, muscle groups, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy of Movement I3
MSG 112A
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual deep muscles, muscle groups, nerves, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 111B.
Anatomy of Movement II3
MSG 121A
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3 Quarter Hours

Explores theories of the flow of energy. Students will be introduced to various energy-based modalities. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Energy-Based Massage Techniques3
MSG 141A
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3 Quarter Hours

Studies additional clinical issues that can be addressed by massage therapy techniques. This course offers a clinical approach to various areas of the body, addressing specific problems that cause pain and dysfunction. Critical thinking skills will be utilized in the assessment and care of musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A, B- or better in MSG 111B.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques3
MSG 152
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the business marketing and practices specifically encountered by massage therapists in the profession. Students will explore and determine the issues and solutions that will enhance success in their own future professional career. Explorers various unique ethical issues typically encountered in therapeutic massage. Apporopriate personal, professional, social, and client relationships will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A.
Business and Ethics for Massage Therapists4
MSG 171A
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3 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles, rationale, and application of professional documentation for the field of therapeutic massage. Legal aspects of proper documentation and effective communication skills with other healthcare professionals will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Documentation for Therapeutic Massage3
MSG 211C
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3 Quarter Hours

Examines pathologies and common drug interactions that massage therapists encounter in professional practice.

Pathology and Pharmacology for Therapeutic Massage3
MSG 220A
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to the practice of therapeutic massage. Students will develop and practice the techniques they have learned by performing 20 complete massage therapy sessions on actual volunteer clients throughout the 40 hours of this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- minus or better in MSG 101 and student background check.
Therapeutic Massage Lab I2
MSG 221B
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2 Quarter Hours

Expands upon the principles introduced in Therapeutic Massage Lab I. Students will demonstrate more advanced assessment skills. This course continues the use of 30 volunteer clients within the learning process. Students will be supervised by instructors as they work throughout their 40 hours of work.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 220A.
Therapeutic Massage Lab II2
MSG 231B
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2 Quarter Hours

Review materials to prepare students for a nationally recognized licencing examination, such as NCE, NCTMB, or MBLEx. This course is intended to evaluate students preparedness for licencing examination.

Preparation for Certification Examination2
SCI 100F
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 50

Program Description

Students are prepared to enter the field of massage therapy. The 600 contact hour program focuses on therapeutic massage techniques used in a clinical setting. Graduates will be prepared and eligible to take any nationally recognized licensure examination including the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) needed for state licensure.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
COMTA is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015. Phone (202) 895-1518, Fax (202) 895-1519; info@comta.org or www.comta.org

Advisory Board

Dr. Dana Anderson, DC

Dixie Ault
Baker College

Dr. Melinda Benn, LPN, DC
Mindful Healing Hands Center

Jodie Cuneaz
Baker College

Geoffrey Gruenberg
Baker College

Dr. Tera Hamo-Anderson

Dr. Candace Johnson
Baker College

Julie Kordyzon, BS, CMT

Robert Martin
Baker College

Mary Mullally

Cassy Neitzke, CMT

Stephany Papoff
Power of Touch

Troy Prince, PhD
ABC back and Neck Care

Lois Schurig, RN, BSN, MSA
Baker College

Kathy Smith, CMT

Valerie Southall
Hurley Medical Center

C. Jane Starzyk
Baker College

Dr. Mary Ann Thayer
Baker College

Shawna Walker
ABC Back and Neck Care

Regina Waller
Hurley Medical Center

Patricia Willmarth
Baker College

Laura Zuck
Baker College

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 32% finished in 18 months.

     

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Therapeutic Massage program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $6,601
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 89% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

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I can honestly tell you that I would much rather have a Baker graduate….they have exceeded my expectations.

Amy Ensign
Major Southeast Michigan Hospital