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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Massage Therapy, Certificate

Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: Sept. 15 for Spring / March 15 for Fall *

Award: Professional Certificate (code CRT.IHE.MASS-THRPY)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 32 credit hours.

Learn more about the Massage Therapy Certificate program

Purpose: To provide a new career path for students wishing to practice as a licensed massage therapist or a registered massage practitioner.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  • Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP)

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved or is pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education federal aid program eligibility. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs contact Financial Aid.

*If application deadline falls on a weekend, the application will be accepted until the close of business the next business day.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session is recommended. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession and academic requirements will be discussed. For online schedule go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
  3. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  4. Completion of prerequisite course with a grade of C or better.
  5. 18 years of age or older on the first day of class (MAS 110 - Fundamentals of Massage Therapy ).
  6. Foreign educated students whose native language is not English must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112 , ENG 115 /ENG 116 , or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of “C” or better prior to applying to the Therapeutic Massage program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  7. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  8. Submission of completed health examination record.

Transfer from other Therapeutic Massage Programs

Students who have successfully completed therapeutic massage courses within the past two years in an accredited therapeutic massage program may qualify for the second or third term of the therapeutic massage course sequence. Eligibility for second and third term courses is based on the criteria described in the transfer requirements available from the therapeutic massage department.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Therapeutic Massage course sequence each fall or spring as the number of students permit. Applications received by the deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website after Dec 1 for fall and June 1 for spring. To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the therapeutic massage course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the therapeutic massage department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must receive a minimum final grade of C in all therapeutic massage courses and in BIO 230 , BIO 231 -BIO 232  or BIO 233 -BIO 234 , in order to progress in the sequence of massage courses.
  2. Students enrolled in the therapeutic massage course sequence are required to comply with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Code of Ethics

Graduation Requirements

Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 .

Massage Therapy Course Sequence

Certificate Requirements: 32 credits

First Year - Term 1

Total credit hours: 12

Total credit hours: 11

Total credit hours: 9

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.