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Massage Therapy Certificate Program

Massage Therapy, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, is one of the most ancient healing arts. It is a branch of natural health care that spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches that work to improve a person’s health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. 

Massage Therapy is defined as the use of manual techniques to promote stress relief and relaxation, mobilize soft tissues, relieve pain and swelling, prevent deformity or injury and promote functional independence.

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The therapeutic effects and benefits of massage include the stretching and loosening of soft tissues, increasing blood and lymph flow and reducing pain, tension and anxiety. The hands-on therapy speeds the removal of metabolic waste products resulting from exercise or inactivity, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach tissues. Massage therapy can stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. All of these effects can translate into enhancing physical and psychological health.

Massage Therapy is a great opportunity for someone looking to enter the medical field. Massage therapists can be employed in a variety of setting, including:

  • Fitness/wellness centers
  • Medical offices
  • Dental offices
  • Pain management clinics
  • Private practice
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Sports/rehab clinics

As more clinicians are utilizing massage therapy as a form of healing, the demand for massage therapists will rise.


About the Program

Graduates will complete a minimum of 900 clock hours consisting of anatomy and physiology, pathology, massage techniques and protocols, communication, legal and ethical issues, business practices, CPR/first aid and clinical practicum. 


Program Requirements 

The following are proposed requirements for admission into the Massage Therapy Certificate Program:


  • High school graduate with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of high school biology with a minimum grade of C (preferred)
  • Demonstrate competency in English and math skills through Compass Test offered at Mercyhurst North East
  • Act 33 and 34 (child abuse and criminal background) clearances obtained through Pennsylvania State Police prior to acceptance into the program.*


*Note that a legal conviction may affect a student's ability to be placed in clinical rotations, complete the MT program and/or attain state licensure to practice. Students are encouraged to disclose information that would relate to this nature to the Program Director for appropriate academic advising.


Quarter 1                                                                                          225 Clock Hours

MTH 240

Anatomy & Physiology for Massage Therapists


MTH 199

Kinesiology I for Massage Therapists


MTH 101

Intro to Massage


MTH 110

Massage Techniques I – Swedish



Quarter 2                                                                                          225 Clock Hours

MTH 250

Anatomy & Physiology II for Massage Therapists


MTH 200

Kinesiology II for Massage Therapists


MTH 120

Massage Techniques II – Special Populations


MTH 121

Massage Clinical I



Quarter 3                                                                                          225 Clock Hours

MTH 132

Pathology for Massage


MTH 133

Business Law and Ethics for Massage


MTH 130

Eastern Massage & Bodywork


MTH 131

Massage Clinical II



Quarter 4                                                                                          225 Clock Hours

MTH 142

Myology & Deep Tissue Massage


MTH 143

Massage Therapy Seminar


MTH 140

Massage Techniques III – Spa/Scrubs


MTH 141

Massage Clinical III


                                                                                    Clock Hour Total: 900

Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.