School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Therapeutic Massage

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315371


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 and 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. Students learn valuable sills 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.

Program Details

Therapeutic Massage is on a career pathway that includes this technical diploma. It will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Therapeutic Massage program may attend full or part time.

Students can choose to enter one of two cohorts, each year.

  • The fall cohort begins in September and students graduate May of next year; these courses are offered during the day.
  • The spring cohort begins in January and students graduate in December of same year; these courses are offered during the late afternoon/evenings.

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

Therapeutic Massage classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

After Acceptance

Students admitted onto the waitlist for the Spring 2017 term or prior should continue to use their Academic Requirements Report and review emails from their academic advisor.

Students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2017 term or after should complete the Therapeutic Massage Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

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

  • Become a licensed massage therapist through successful completion of state and national exams
  • Provide therapeutic massage services.
  • Prepare treatment area.
  • Assess needs of clients through intake process.
  • Modify massage service as a result of contraindication to treatment.
  • Create treatment plan.
  • Educate client on treatment plan.
  • Accommodate client requests during massage service.
  • Adapt skills to a diverse clientele.
  • Use effective communication throughout the massage session.
  • Complete post-massage assessment and educate client on future treatment plan.
  • Maintain massage equipment and facility.
  • Follow standard safety and sanitation precautions and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate self-regulation, ethics, and professional appearance
  • Perform within the professional scope of practice for the state of Wisconsin.
  • Abide by the recommended standards of practice and code of ethics as issued by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  • Apply mindfulness techniques for self-regulation.
  • Follow therapeutic massage clinic business practices
  • Use professional verbal, nonverbal and written business communications.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Maintain patient records.
  • Perform financial transactions.
  • Maintain office inventory.
  • Utilize technology for use in promotion, scheduling and client follow-up.

Madison College'e 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