Medical Massage Training Programs

Medical massage training programs are typically found at the certificate or associate's degree levels. Continue reading for more details about training programs, common courses, and licensure requirements. Schools offering Holistic Health Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is Medical Massage?

As a medical massage therapist, you would use touch to manipulate the muscle tissues of patients at hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics. Medical massages are intended to resolve or alleviate medical conditions, ease pain and help heal injuries or other illnesses. You may also use it to promote relaxation and reduce general stress. Medical massage helps people with ongoing aches and pains improve the conditions of over-worked muscles.

Job DescriptionEase pain, heal injuries or illness, resolve medical conditions, reduce stress
Program DetailsAssociate's or certificate levels, no online options, possible admission requirements include health insurance, CPR certification, and physical requirements
Common CoursesHuman anatomy, massage techniques, kinesiology, toxicology, medical terminology
LicensureVaries by state and city, Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination, continuing education
Median Salary (2018) $41,420 (for all massage therapists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 26% growth (for all massage therapists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Medical Massage Training Programs Are Available?

You'll find training programs in medical massage or a related field available at the associate's degree and certificate levels. These programs teach you how to create massage treatment plans for individuals and develop the techniques to carry them out. An internship or clinical portion is often required. Online programs are generally not available.

Schools may need a current health insurance and CPR certification as part of the admission requirements. Because of the physically demanding nature of massage work some schools may have physical requirements to show that you are able to stand on your feet for consecutive hours and perform some heavy lifting.

You'll find associate's degree and certificate programs in medical massage, therapeutic massage or massage therapy at some colleges and technical schools. These degree programs may require between 300 and 600 hours of training, which includes an internship or clinical work. Topics covered may include pharmacology, toxicology, human anatomy, medical terminology, therapeutic techniques, ethics, alternative therapies, biochemistry and clinical pathology. Completion of these programs allows you to seek jobs in a medical massage or clinical massage therapist at health centers, clinics, corporations, hospitals and private practices.

Certificate programs in medical massage will cover topics such as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, massage techniques, CPR, ethics and hygiene. The number of class hours required will vary by program. Admission requirements include a high school diploma, student health form and possibly a criminal background check.

What License Will I Need?

Most states require individuals obtain a license before they're allowed to work as massage therapists. Some states or cities may have additional requirements. Generally, you'll need a certificate or a degree from an approved massage program and pass an examination to become licensed. Two exams widely used for licensure are the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination. Some states may require continuing education to renew your license.

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