Therapeutic Massage



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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 315371

Credits: 29

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,028.10
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education 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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

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. 



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)


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)


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.


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you're admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.                 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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


  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates262418
    Number of Surveys Sent262418
    Number of Surveys Returned201415
    Percent of Surveys Returned76.90%58.30%83.30%
    Available for Employment141213
    Percent Available for Employment70.00%85.70%86.70%
    Not in Labor Market622
    Percent Not in Labor Market30.00%14.30%13.30%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed141213
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation12812
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.70%66.70%92.30%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation241
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation14.30%33.30%7.70%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses171314
    Very Satisfied (4)436
    Percent Very Satisfied23.50%23.10%42.90%
    Satisfied (3)1265
    Percent Satisfied70.60%46.20%35.70%
    Unsatisfied (2)131
    Percent Unsatisfied5.90%23.10%7.10%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)012
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%7.70%14.30%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses191415
    Preparation for Getting a Job333
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job15.80%21.40%20.00%
    Career Change969
    Percent Career Change47.40%42.90%60.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills001
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%6.70%
    Preparation for Further Education421
    Percent Preparation for Further Education21.10%14.30%6.70%
    Personal Interest311
    Percent Personal Interest15.80%7.10%6.70%
    Percent Other0.00%14.30%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses141213
    Before Enrollment241
    Percent Before Enrollment14.30%33.30%7.70%
    While Attending the College110
    Percent While Attending the College7.10%8.30%0.00%
    After Training at the College11712
    Percent After Training at the College78.60%58.30%92.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses141213
    In College District12610
    Percent In College District85.70%50.00%76.90%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District132
    Percent of In Wisconsin7.10%25.00%15.40%
    Outside of Wisconsin011
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%8.30%7.70%
    Employer Location Unknown120
    Percent Location Unknown7.10%16.70%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count61
    Average Monthly Wage$4,275 $3,311
    Average Hourly Wage$24.85 $19.25
    Average Work Hours per Week39.535
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count57
    Average Hourly Wage$22.02 $34.04
    Average Work Hours per Week19.524.7
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Bakke Chiropractic Clinic Massage Therapist DeForest
    Evolve Massage Licensed Massage Therapist Sun Prairie
    Group Health Cooperative Licensed Massage Therapist
    Hand And Stone Massage And Facial Spa Massage Therapist
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Hospice Massage Therapist Watertown
    Peak Performance Massage Massage Therapist
    Self Employed Massage Therapist Lodi
    Self-Employed Massage Therapist Kewaskum
    Sundara Inn & Spa Massage Therapist Wisconsin Dells
    Vail Athletic Club Massage Therapist Vail CO

    * - 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