Massage Therapist License

Massage Therapist License

Credits Available

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Business Practices and Professional Ethics (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Clinical Internship (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Kinesiology (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Massage Therapy Techniques (4 credits, lower division level)
  • Massage Therapy Theory and Practice (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Pathology (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

2010 through 2020

Issuing Agency

About the Credential

Those who have passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam and obtained the credential of Massage Therapist are eligible for the credit award. The NCBTMB exam may or may not lead to state licensure, depending upon the state.

Applying for the Credit 

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits, lower division level)
A systematic study of human anatomy and physiology including the histology, gross anatomy and organ-level physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Equivalent to BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology.
Anatomy & Physiology II; 3 credits, lower division level. A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I which includes the histological and gross anatomy and organ-level physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits, lower division level)
A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I which includes the histological and gross anatomy and organ-level physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Business Practices and Professional Ethics (3 credits, lower division level)
This course offers a broad base of practical information related to the fundamentals of business and practice management. Common business practices and structures, contracts and legal agreements; financial record keeping, networking, marketing and methods to promote and maintain a successful practice are presented. Client privacy, HIPAA guidelines and ethical standards of care are presented. Adherence to the NCETMB code of ethics is presented to students to guide their behavior as a MT.

Clinical Internship (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides application of concepts and skills attained in the classroom and practice laboratory in clinical practice. Under the direct supervision of a senior massage therapist, the student will perform 100 clinical hours performing various massage therapy techniques on patients.

Kinesiology; 3 credits, lower level, lower division level. Students undertake a detailed exploration of muscles, bones and joints of the human body and their movements. Emphasis is placed on the relationships among muscle attachments, bony landmarks and prominent joint structures. Students learn about human movement with relation to levers and their association to planes of movement.

Massage Therapy Techniques (4 credits, lower division level)
Students master enhanced techniques for a full-body massage and practice on-site chair massage. Documentation skills are refined and SOAP charting skills are introduced. Learners participate in a classroom clinic, open to the public, to prepare for the clinic rotation course. In addition to classroom experience, students are required to engage in practice massage sessions outside of scheduled class hours.

Massage Therapy Theory and Practice (3 credits, lower division level)
Students learn techniques for a full-body massage, including palpation skills. Best practices are introduced in proper body mechanics, therapist self-care, session management, contraindications and draping methods. Students are introduced to principles of documentation for the health care setting. In addition to classroom experience, students are required to engage in practice massage sessions outside of scheduled class hours.

Pathology (3 credits, lower division level)
Students are introduced to common dysfunctions of the human body as a result of disease or injury. The course examines common causes of pathological conditions as well as methods to limit disease transmission. Representative signs, symptoms and treatment options are emphasized. In addition, specific implications for bodywork will be discussed where applicable. Additionally, students will explore emergencies using basic life support skills (cardiac and respiratory emergencies) and automatic external defibrillation. Certification may be obtained through American Heart Association. Equivalent to BIO 215: Pathophysiology.