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Massage Therapy (A.A.S.)

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Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission

Official Title of Major: Massage Therapy, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60

Learn more about the Massage Therapy Degree program

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

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)

Additional Program Requirements

Students must receive a minimum final grade of C in all massage therapy courses and in  BIO 230 , BIO 231 -BIO 232  or BIO 233 -BIO 234 , in order to progress in the sequence of massage courses.

Students enrolled in the massage therapy course sequence are required to comply with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Code of Ethics.

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.


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

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session is recommended or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession and academic requirements will be discussed.
  2. Mail or email the completed program application to the designated address for the Health Sciences Admissions office found on the application.
  3. Eligibility for ENG 101  / ENG 101A .
  4. Eligibility for a mathematics general education course (see General Education Mathematics Requirements).
  5. Completion of MAS 100  with a grade of C or better or be currently registered prior to submitting an application. If currently taking MAS 100 must complete with a C or better in order to gain full acceptance into the program and register for MAS 110 .
  6. Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  7. Foreign educated students must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at, WES (World Education Services) at or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at
  8. 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 101  / ENG 101A   and ENG 102   course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Massage Therapy program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

Transfer from other Massage Therapy Programs

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

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Massage Therapy course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Students will apply for the Massage Therapy program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission.

To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a health examination record.
  • Information and deadline for completion will be sent in applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.

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 Check 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.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Massage Therapy Course Sequence

Prerequisite: 1 credit

  • 1 credit hour
  • MAS 100 must be completed with a grade of C or better or be currently registered prior to submitting an application. If currently taking MAS 100, must complete with a C or better in order to gain full acceptance into the program and register for MAS 110.

General Education Requirements: 25 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

See Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Courses  for a list of approved courses. The course you choose must also satisfy AACC’s Diversity requirement.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses. 

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and massage theory to use critical thinking skills to plan and organize an effective massage therapy session tailored to each client’s specific needs.
  2. Perform therapeutic massage demonstrating the use of massage therapy principles and a variety of techniques.
  3. Develop and implement a self-care strategy.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior, cultural sensitivity, boundaries and effective communication with clients and professionals in the massage therapy profession.
  5. Develop a strategy for a successful practice, business or employment situation.
  6. Document massage sessions according to industry standards.
  7. Prepare to pass the MBLEx and Maryland jurisprudence exam.
  8.  Integrate knowledge of pathology, medical devices, and functional and environmental limitations to develop a treatment plan for safe and effective clinical massage in a healthcare setting.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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