Diploma in Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy program at Missouri College is designed to provide students with instruction in both practical and theoretical massage, anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics, clinical practice, kinesiology and hygiene. At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their clinical rotation, studied, and practiced their skills should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as massage therapists.

The core curriculum of the Massage Therapy program is structured to include a lecture component and a clinical component. The final portion of the curriculum consists of supervised experiences in a clinical environment, which requires competencies, logs and evaluations completed by the student. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Provide a balanced education of massage therapy / bodywork through theory, lecture and application that meets state and national certification requirements.
  • Create a group-learning environment which nurtures an in-depth experience of massage therapy/bodywork.
  • Be prepared with basic and advanced concepts of wellness through a whole body approach to massage and bodywork therapies for personal and professional development.
  • Be prepared to become innovative in their role as a massage therapist/body worker in a growing profession through continued education and personal development.

Accreditation/Certification Information Disclosure

The Massage Therapy program is not programmatically accredited.

Graduates of the program are required to take the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) certification exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX). This credential is a nationally recognized, voluntary certification that could enhance employment opportunities or income potential, and may be required to practice in a particular state. Certification requirements for taking and passing this examination are not controlled by Missouri College but by outside agencies and are subject to change without notice. Missouri College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take this certification exam, or any other certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

State Licensure Information

The state of Missouri requires massage therapists to be licensed in order to practice in the state. Passage of the NCBTMB certification exam is required in order to apply for state licensure and may be required to practice in other states. Missouri College does not control state licensure in Missouri or the licensure/registration requirements in any other state. Missouri College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to work as massage therapists in Missouri or any other state, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The core curriculum in this program offers training in therapeutic massage principles, hydrotherapy and allied therapeutic modalities, including massage techniques, the external application of water, heat, cold and topical preparations. For example:

  • In Contemporary Massage and Bodywork, course content focuses on considerations for giving massage to special populations, including pregnant women, infants, elderly, terminally ill, pre and post event sports massage. Students will study specific approaches for each population, their special needs, contraindications and cautions.
  • In Hydrotherapy and Spa Modalities, students learn about the therapeutic use of water and common spa modalities. Topics include the therapeutic properties of water, physiological and physiological effects of hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, spa modality applications and the effects of heat and cold.
  • In Physiology for Massage Therapist, students will examine the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, blood, lymph, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Other required courses in this program include:

  • Medical Terminology – All Body Systems
  • Massage Therapy Foundations
  • Therapeutic Massage of the Lower Body
  • Kinesiology and Joint Movements of the Lower Body
  • Therapeutic Massage of the Upper Body
  • Kinesiology and Joint Movements of the Upper Body
  • Anatomy for Massage Therapist
  • Building a Massage Therapy Practice
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Pathology for Massage Therapist
  • Seated Massage and Energy Bodywork
  • Student Clinic

Course curriculum is subject to change.