Massage Therapy

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Massage Therapy Program is a Florida Board of Massage approved program and has been offered at MTC for almost 20 years. The program combines classroom lecture, hands-on experience, and client experience in our student massage clinic. The program prepares students for employment as entry level massage therapists in many environments, such as Chiropractic offices, spas, fitness centers, cruise ships, or as an independent practitioner. Upon successful completion students are eligible to take the National Certification examination to become a licensed professional, which is required for employment. The current pass rate for this program is 100%, and the employment outlook is promising.

COURSES:

Basic Healthcare Worker HSC0003

Massage Therapist (1 of 2) MSS0205
(Prerequisites: HSC0003)

Massage Therapist (2 of 2) MSS0206
(Prerequisites: HSC0003, MSS0205)

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK:

In states (Florida), that regulate massage therapy, opportunities should be available to those who complete formal training programs and pass a professionally recognized examination. However, new massage therapists should expect to work only part time in spas, hotels, hospitals, physical therapy centers, and other businesses until they can build a client base of their own. Because referrals are a very important source of work for massage therapists, networking will increase the number of job opportunities. Joining a professional association also can help build strong contacts and further increase the likelihood of steady work.*

SALARY RANGE:

In the state of Florida, Massage Therapists may earn between $19,770 and $64,710 per year.**

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Standard career and technical program admission procedures (see MTC catalog)
  • Participation in an information session
  • Additional program requirements, if applicable
  • High school diploma—standard or GED is required
  • High school transcript required

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:

Upon completion of all program requirements, the student earns a Certificate of Completion in Massage Therapy.

CERTIFICATIONS COSTS:

  • Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX)—$195.00
  • Initial FL license—FL Board of Massage—$205.00

STUDENT MASSAGE CLINIC:

Marion Technical College (MTC) Student Massage Clinic is part of the  Massage Therapy program and provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience while working under the supervision of a licensed massage therapist.  All massages are performed by students who have completed the required competencies.

The Student Massage Clinic is open twice yearly; February – April on Monday and Wednesday mornings 8:45am – 11:00am and August – October on Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30pm – 8:00pm.  Massage is by appointment only.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 352 671-7200.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

This program is eligible for Veteran’s Administration Education Benefits.

To view the  Massage Therapy Program itemized costs sheet, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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