Therapeutic Massage

Morton College's Therapeutic Massage Program can allow you to become a well-trained professional in just three semesters of study.
Completion of both programs allow graduates to sit for the Illinois State Exam for licensure as a Massage Therapist currently being given through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB/NCBTM).

Morton College's Therapeutic Massage Program can allow you to become a well-trained professional in just three semesters of study.
Completion of both programs allow graduates to sit for the Illinois State Exam for licensure as a Massage Therapist currently being given through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB/NCBTM).

Associate in Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage Degree

The Associate in Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage Degree program provides coursework in massage technique, massage theory, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, body mechanics, documentation, medical terminolgy, business/ethics, complementary alternative therapies and advanced massage techniques.

Therapeutic Massage Program Career Certificate

The Therapeutic Massage Program Career Certificate provides students with the right combination of anatomical and physiological knowledge, clinical skills, sensitivity and awareness.

Gainful Employment Information

Morton College provides students with cost, completion and employment information for students in certificate programs.

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What is Massage Therapy?

Manipulation of the soft tissue of the body including muscles, ligaments, tendons and myofascial tissue.

What Do Massage Therapists Study?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Massage theory and techniques, body techniques
  • Business and ethics and relationship building
  • Documentation and medical terminology
  • Complementary alternative therapies

The Morton College Therapeutic Massage Program prepares students for employment as full- or part-time staff or independent massage therapists.

In addition to providing assessment and communication skills, the program teaches techniques for planning, organizing and implementing an effective massage session.

Program students can earn the Therapeutic Massage Associate in Applied Science Degree or the Therapeutic Massage Career Certificate. For more information on these credentials and prerequisite courses

Where Could I Work?

Massage therapists are employed in a wide variety of businesses including:

  • Chiropractor or Physicians' Offices
  • Health clubs
  • Cruise ships
  • Corporations
  • Luxury spas
  • Corporations

Licensure

Massage therapists must be licensed in the state of Illinois. The steps for licensure are:

  • Graduate from an approved program of massage training
  • Take the state exam
  • Be fingerprinted for State Police and FBI records
  • Submit an application with fees to the Department of Finance and Professional Regulations

How Much Do Massage Therapists Earn?

According to the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (AMBP), full-time practitioners earn $40,000 to $60,000 a year. Massage therapists charge between $25 to $125 an hour for their services depending on the setting and type of work.