Massage Therapy @NCC

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The Massage Therapy Certificate Program integrates theory (classroom) and hands-on (lab) training for an entry-level job as a professional massage therapist. Students develop the knowledge necessary to develop therapeutic treatment plans and apply appropriate massage techniques with focus on whole body wellness. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, spas, health clubs, and private practice and are eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). While in the program, students will have supervised clinical instruction designed to develop client-based skills and techniques. The curriculum is designed sequentially, to allow the student to master basic skills and competencies first, before progressing to more challenging skills and techniques.

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Degrees We Offer

  • Certificate Program | 1 year
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus

State Licensing

If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship or clinical placement outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.

Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Program Details view official course information in our college catalog

Program Map View Massage Therapy, Specialized Diploma Suggested Semester Map (PDF)

Careers in Massage Therapy

Today, massage therapists play an important role in caring for a variety of medical issues, from rehabilitation of injuries to clinical depression. Their role is to listen to their clients' needs and provide a massage experience to treat these issues.

Massage therapists can work in any number of environments, from health clinics to private practices. On the job, most massage therapists generally have a variety of duties, including creating a soothing environment, providing the massage necessary to alleviate the client's issues, checking in regularly with the client throughout, to ensure comfort and respecting each individual's privacy and comfort levels. 

Massage Therapy Career Paths

  • Spas
  • Rehab clinics and hospitals
  • Cruise ships, hotels and resorts
  • Health and wellness centers
  • Self-employed private practice

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"I chose NCC because I knew it has a great reputation in the community, plus the program seemed more thorough than some of the others I considered."

-Victoria Canavan ’15, NCC massage therapy alum, Hand & Stone massage therapist

Featured AlumniVictoria Canavan

Featured FacultySallie Urffer

Featured StudentEmily Viola


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