Enter The Profession of Massage Therapy With Confidence and Competence: The Massage Therapy Certificate Program integrates theory (classroom) and hands-on (lab) training for an entry-level career as a professional massage therapist. Students develop the knowledge necessary to develop therapeutic treatment plans and apply appropriate massage techniques with focus on whole body wellness. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, spas, health clubs, and private practice and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and/or the .National Examination for State Licensing (NESL). While in the program, students will have supervised clinical instruction designed to develop client-based skills and techniques. The curriculum is designed sequentially, to allow the student to master basic skills and competencies first, before progressing to more challenging skills and techniques.
A Program That Builds Up Experience: The program includes 24 credits of general education courses and 13 credits of Massage Therapy instruction. The Massage Therapy courses will be offered at the Fowler Center Southside Bethlehem campus where a practice laboratory is located. Students must take the Massage Therapy courses sequentially to ensure that they build their knowledge and skills to practice techniques independently by the completion of the program. The third semester of the program provides students with 16 hours of practice time to refine their skills as an independent practitioner. The program includes thorough study of human anatomy and physiology which provides the students with scientific basis for safe, competent practice. Students should consult an advisor regarding their preparation for these science courses prior to starting in the program.