You’re called to help others, and Northeast can help YOU begin your new health and wellness-focused career in just 5 trimesters.

From spas to medical offices, athletic training facilities to home and private practices – massage therapists are widely in demand, with a more than 20% job growth predicted by 2031*. Earn your Massage Therapy certificate at Northeast to evolve your professional life into a fulfilling, promising career supporting others’ health and wellness.

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Study Massage Therapy at Northeast?

The Massage Therapy certificate program at Northeast College prepares students to pass the New York State Massage Therapy Examination for licensure and pursue a broad range of professional experiences. Our curriculum offers a diverse core of massage techniques and modalities, coupled with rich coursework in science and anatomy, professional and career foundations, and hands-on practicum experience. Students earn a non-credit certificate over the span of 5 trimesters (1.5 years) attending part-time on weekends, on Northeast College’s Seneca Falls, N.Y., healthcare-focused campus.

  • Be powerfully prepared in a program designed to help you pass the NYS licensure exam and become an LMT.
  • Earn a non-credit Massage Therapy certificate over the span of 5 trimesters (1.5 years) attending part-time, on weekends, right in the Finger Lakes.
  • Study varied modalities and techniques like Eastern and Western massage therapy, and techniques including Swedish massage, Shiatsu, myofascial work, prenatal massage, sports and chair massage, reflexology, orthopedic, and massage for people living with cancer.
  • Be prepared to create your own flexible career path – work how you want, when you want, where you want.
  • Learn on a 100% healthcare-focused campus, with the latest healthcare technology and training tools like the state-of-the-art Anatomy Center and the Computerized Anatomy Resource Lab (CARL) featuring Anatomage virtual anatomy tables.
  • Gain hands-on experience through clinical placements and practicums.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform clinically appropriate massage therapy sessions through technique selection, refinement of hands-on skills, accurate client assessments, treatment plans based on research and clinical communication, thorough and timely documentation, and the practice of client-centered communication skills.
  2. Develop intercultural competence, personal and professional integrity, business acumen, and a professional ethical compass to guide behavior.
  3. Develop effective communication skills that serve in diverse professional situations and demonstrate the ability to speak eloquently and accurately about massage therapy and its benefits from a foundation scholarship and embodied experience.
  4. Organize, apply, and integrate information to create a foundation of body literacy, somatic awareness, and academic knowledge.

Core Courses
MAS 2100 Professional Foundations Therapeutic Massage
MAS 2101 Massage Modalities 1
MAS 2105 Kinesiology

MAS 2107 Anatomy & Physiology

MAS 2103 Massage Modalities 2
MAS 2202 Massage Modalities 3
MAS 2203 Massage Practicum 1
MAS 2102 Shiatsu 1
MAS 2204 Massage Practicum 2
MAS 2220 Pathology 1
MAS 2115 First Aid/CPR
MAS 2205 Career Foundations
MAS 2104 Shiatsu 2
MAS 2221 Pathology 2
MAS 2306 Advanced Modalities
MAS 2204 Massage Practicum 2

The Massage Therapy program requires an application for admission. Applicants are required to provide:

  • An official high school transcript, GED certificate or High School Equivalent (HSE).
  • One recommendation (ideally from a professional or academic mentor).
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Average annual salary for massage therapists in New York state, as of May 2022, noted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Earn your certificate and be ready to take the NYS Massage Therapy Exam in just 1.5 years.
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Job Growth
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for massage therapists to grow from 2021-2031.
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A hands-on education in health & wellness.

Take your professional life from “just a job” to a fulfilling, promising career path. At Northeast you’ll receive specialized coursework and world-class instruction to provide you with the education and training to get where you want to go.

Ready to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Massage Therapist?


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If you are interested in pursuing a career in massage therapy, I am here to help. I can answer any questions you have about Northeast College and support you as you make the choice to start a transformative career.
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