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Massage Therapy (certificate)

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Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission

Official Title of Certificate: Massage Therapy, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 31

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 program’s Academic Chair at 410-777-7112.

Range of Occupations

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

Additional Program Requirements

Students must receive a minimum final grade of C in all massage therapy courses, 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.


Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. 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 by calling 410-777-2203, emailing finaid@aacc.edu or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session is highly 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. 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  .
  5. Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  6. Foreign educated students must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org, WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at www.spantran.com.  
  7. 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 from 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.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101 ENG 101A , ENG 111, ENG 115, or ENG 121. See Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Massage Therapy Course Sequence

Certificate Requirements: 31 credits

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.

Program Outcomes

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.

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