Program Start: Fall Term
Rolling admission until full
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As more people are taking charge of their wellness, massage is becoming more popular in maintaining health and wellbeing, and it is also playing a vital role in sports medicine, injury rehabilitation and posture correction. Research has shown that regular massages can have a positive effect on building the immune system, reducing blood pressure and pain and improving sleep patterns. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for massage therapists will grow 21% from 2019 – 2029, much faster than average for all occupations.
CCAC’s program is the only associate of science degree offered in massage therapy in Pennsylvania, and it has a strong focus on orthopedic assessment and massage techniques to help with pain. The program is designed for individuals who are interested in promoting health and wellness and who enjoy using their skills to help others. Students are prepared for careers in professional massage therapy with proficiency in designing and implementing client-specific massage therapy approaches. Graduates of CCAC’s degree program learn advanced soft tissue interventions for clinical and spa environments along with business skills, such as marketing, advertising, entrepreneurship and small business management. The certificate program is designed to provide entry-level skills for students seeking practice as licensed massage therapists.
Graduates are eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Upon passing the exam, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania with opportunities as independent contractors or employment in a variety of health-related settings, including pain management clinics, wellness retreat centers, hospice facilities, orthopedic centers, and physical therapy and chiropractic offices. Licensed therapists may also work in athletic clubs, resorts, spas, yoga centers, dance studios and on cruise ships or choose to start their own business.