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Therapeutic Massage
Program Number: 315371
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
29 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$5,413.78

$4,089.00 Tuition
$586.78 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$738.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    Due to the job outlook in the district, Madison College is no longer admitting new students to the Therapeutic Massage program. Contact the School of Health Sciences with questions.

     

    The Madison College Therapeutic Massage program (800 hours, 28 credits) is designed to provide you with a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of therapeutic massage. You will gain the knowledge you need to become a licensed massage therapist. 

    As an entry level training program, you will develop expertise in western massage techniques and learn to adapt those skills to a variety of clients, including pregnant women, older adults, and individuals with various other health challenges. Significant emphasis is placed on professional skills, the therapeutic relationship, treatment planning and enhanced body-mind awareness.

    In the second semester, you will be introduced to clinical approaches to therapeutic massage such as trigger point therapy and sports massage. You will also explore spa therapies such as hydrotherapy, hot stone and aromatherapy. You will gain a foundational understanding of eastern bodywork theory and technique and examine a variety of specialized modalities.

    In the final course of the program, you will synthesize and refine your massage techniques and treatment planning skills within a professional clinic setting. You will learn valuable skills such as appointment-scheduling, record keeping, customer service and professional communication. 

    Upon admission to the Therapeutic Massage program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.

    Option 1

    Complete in nine months, full-time study, fall start

    Semester I (fall)

    • Body Structure and Function
    • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
    • Therapeutic Massage I
    • Therapeutic Massage II

    Semester II (spring)

    • Clinic and Business Practices
    • Kinesiology
    • Pathology
    • Specialized Techniques

    Option 2

    Complete in two years, part-time study, fall start

    Year I

    Semester I (fall or spring)

    • Body Structure and Function
    • Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    Semester II (fall or spring)

    • Kinesiology
    • Pathology

    Year II

    Semester I (fall)

    • Therapeutic Massage I
    • Therapeutic Massage II

    Semester II (spring)

    • Clinic and Business Practices
    • Specialized Techniques

    Option 3

    Complete in one and a half years, part-time study, spring start

    Semester I (spring)

    • Body Structure and Function
    • Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    Semester II (fall)

    • Pathology
    • Therapeutic Massage I
    • Therapeutic Massage II

    Semester III (spring)

    • Clinic and Business Practices
    • Kinesiology
    • Specialized Techniques

    Therapeutic Massage classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    To Enroll:

    1. Must be admitted to the Therapeutic Massage program; see Admission tab. 
    2. Meet the Registration Requirements Below in order to Register for Therapeutic Massage classes. 

     

    Algebra

    Students must demonstrate algebra competency in one of the following ways:

     

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT Math 17+
    • Accuplacer (Arithmetic) 76+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen (Arithmetic) 250+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Elementary Algebra with Apps (10834110) or higher
    • College Math (10804107)
    • Mathematical Reasoning (10804134) or higher
    • Applied Math for Chemistry (77854756)
    • Math for Health (77854788)

    English

    Students must demonstrate English competency in one of the following ways:

     

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT English 17+
    • Accuplacer Write 5+ and Sentence 86+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen Writing 260+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • Intro to College Writing (10831103)

    Reading

    Students must demonstrate reading competency in one of the following ways:

     

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score cannot be more than two years old:

    • ACT Reading 19+
    • Accuplacer Reading 80+
    • Accuplacer Next Gen Reading 261+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • College Reading Strategies (10808101) or Intro Reading & Study Skills (10838105)

    Chemistry or Biology

    Students must demonstrate chemistry or biology competency in one of the following ways:

    1. One year of high school chemistry or biology with lab components; high school chemistry classes must be college-preparatory.
    2. One semester of college-level chemistry or biology with lab components. Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:
    • Body Structure and Function (10501153) *Preferred*
    • General Chemistry (10806134) or higher
    • Chemistry for Non-Science Majors (20806200)
    • General Anatomy & Physiology (20806206) or higher

    Note:  Chemistry for the Community or similar classes do not satisfy this requirement

    The Therapeutic Massage Student Clinic offers massages in the spring and fall semesters.

    Careers

    Madison College's Therapeutic Massage program prepares you for valuable work as a professional:

    • Wisconsin Licensed Massage Therapist

    Upon successful completion of the Therapeutic Massage Program, you will be eligible for the state and national licensing exams. 

    After passing the state licensing exam and the national licensing exam (MBlex or NCETM), graduates will become Wisconsin LMTs eligible to work in a variety of settings: 

    • Massage clinics
    • Health clubs
    • Spas
    • Integrative healthcare facilities
    • Beauty salons
    • Private practice
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
  • Admission

    Due to the job outlook in the district, Madison College is no longer admitting new students to the Therapeutic Massage program. Contact the School of Health Sciences with questions.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Therapeutic Massage program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to: 

    • Provide therapeutic massage services.
    • Demonstrate self-regulation, ethics, and professional appearance.
    • Apply knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology in the practice of therapeutic massage.
    • Follow therapeutic massage clinic business practices.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 24 18 12
      Number of Surveys Sent 24 18 12
      Number of Surveys Returned 14 15 4
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 12 13 4
      Percent Available for Employment 92.3% 92.9% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 2 2 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 15.4% 14.3% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 12 13 3
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 75.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 8 12 3
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.7% 92.3% 100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 1 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.3% 7.7% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 25.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 2.8 3.1 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 13 14 4
      Very Satisfied (4) 3 6 2
      Percent Very Satisfied 23.1% 42.9% 50.0%
      Satisfied (3) 6 5 2
      Percent Satisfied 46.2% 35.7% 50.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 3 1 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 23.1% 7.1% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 2 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 7.7% 14.3% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 14 15 4
      Preparation for Getting a Job 3 3 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 21.4% 20.0% 50.0%
      Career Change 6 9 2
      Percent Career Change 42.9% 60.0% 50.0%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 6.7% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 2 1 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.3% 6.7% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 1 0
      Percent Personal Interest 7.1% 6.7% 0.0%
      Other 2 0 0
      Percent Other 14.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 12 13 3
      Before Enrollment 4 1 1
      Percent Before Enrollment 33.3% 7.7% 33.3%
      While Attending the College 1 0 0
      Percent While Attending the College 8.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      After Training at the College 7 12 2
      Percent After Training at the College 58.3% 92.3% 66.7%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 12 13 3
      In College District 6 10 3
      Percent In College District 50.0% 76.9% 100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 2 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 25.0% 15.4% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 8.3% 7.7% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 16.7% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1
      Average Monthly Wage $3,311
      Average Hourly Wage $19.25
      Average Work Hours per Week 35.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 7
      Average Hourly Wage $34.04
      Average Work Hours per Week 24.7
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Blair Denke Massage Therapist
      Elements Massage Massage Therapist Sun Prairie
      Genesis Hair Design Massage Therapist DeForest

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

Contact the School of Health Sciences

Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

healthsciences@madisoncollege.edu
608.616.1250

Hours

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  • Monday – Thursday: 9 am - 3 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 12 pm