Massage Therapy

Certificate, 27 Credits

COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters

Would you like to control your career with your own hands?

Riverland Massage Therapy program is an Assigned School for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.

The Massage Therapist program prepares the graduate to operate a massage therapy clinic or be employed in another health care-related setting. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, enhance relaxation, reduce pain and increase mobility and flexibility. Massage Therapists can work in a clinic, hospital, private practice, health club and a variety of other work settings.

This well-balanced program integrates theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology along with developing professional communication skills. The graduate therapist is able to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal system, propose and implement a treatment plan and observe the client's response to treatment. Documentation is done to record muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, client response and the effects of stress on the body.

Our curriculum is diverse, teaching several types of massage and integrating the art and science of massage into the classroom some focus areas included stress reduction, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, reflexology, working with special populations, and other manual soft tissue techniques.

This program also focuses on building strong communication skills that enable graduates to interact appropriately, respectfully and professionally with clients.


Massage therapists typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Talk with clients about their symptoms, medical history, and desired results
  • Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body
  • Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
  • Document clients’ conditions and progress

Employment Outlook

This program provides an excellent foundation to work in several environments after graduation. Massage Therapists find opportunities to work in a variety of settings, mostly with private businesses. Small business startup and management skills provide a solid foundation for entrepreneurs.

Job Prospects

In states that regulate massage therapy, opportunities should be available to those who complete formal programs and pass a professionally recognized exam. However, new massage therapists should expect that it can take time build a client base.

Because referrals are an important source of work for massage therapists, marketing and networking may help increase the number of job opportunities. Joining a professional association also can help build strong contacts and further increase the likelihood of steady work. In addition, massage therapists may be able to attract a wider variety of clients by completing education programs in multiple modalities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Massage Therapists, 
on the Internet at (visited May 17, 2016).


Additional Information

Work / Classroom Settings

The massage lab is private and blinds and shades prevent passers-by from observing the lab activities. Students will both give and receive massages with their classmates. In our program you will be required to disrobe in order to receive massages from your classmates. At all times the draping with sheets, robes, etc. will promote modesty and professional behavior.

Last Updated: March 5, 2018

Information Session

Monday, April 2 / 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Austin Campus, East Building S100
Enter through door E1 by the WorkForce Center

Come learn about our Massage Therapy program, meet instructors and students, tour our training areas, register for prizes, and much more!

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