Massage Therapy

Diploma - 31 credits

About this program
Massage therapists specialize in professional massage treatments designed to support the health and well-being of clients. Skillful massage also assists clients in recovery from physical ailments and reduces the negative effects of stress. Massage therapy students learn the fundamental techniques needed to perform effective massage treatments, as well as the theory behind delivering professional massage.
Program outcomes
  1. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology and kinesiology to massage practice.
  2. Make appropriate massage therapy treatment decisions based on client indications and contraindications.
  3. Perform competent entry-level Swedish massage.
  4. Operate within the professional standards of practice as defined by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical business behavior in respect to the profession of massage therapy.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
31 Required courses
31 Total

Massage Therapy - Diploma

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1170 BIOL1170 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
THPY1101 THPY1101 - Nutrition and Wellness 2
THPY1110 THPY1110 - Massage Techniques and Ethics 3
THPY1118 THPY1118 - Kinesiology 3
THPY1123 THPY1123 - Integrative Massage 2
THPY1130 THPY1130 - Advanced Massage 2
THPY1135 THPY1135 - Deep Tissue Massage 2
THPY1142 THPY1142 - Practical Skills Clinic 3
THPY1146 THPY1146 - Certification Preparation 2
THPY1148 THPY1148 - Sports Massage and Hydrotherapy 2
THPY1151 THPY1151 - Business Development 3
THPY1156 THPY1156 - Massage Pathophysiology 3