Below are the hands-on courses in the Massage Therapy Program

All massage courses at MPC are listed under "Physical Fitness - Massage." The courses have been renamed MASS 82, MASS 83, MASS 84, MASS 85 and MASS 180A/Mass 180B.

Please click on Certificates & Degrees to see additional courses in our program, which can be taken at any time in any sequence. 

Please note:

  • You must take MASS 82 (or have equivalent training) before you can enroll in MASS 83, 84, or 85
  • You must take MASS 82 before you can enroll in MASS 180A unless you take both courses concurrently
  • You must take MASS 180A (or have equivalent training or experience) before you can take MASS 180B

MASS 82 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE IImage 02

4 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; six hours activity

This course provides instruction in the theory and practice of therapeutic massage. The course covers various styles of massage, body mechanics, ethics, benefits, contraindications, evaluation skills, anatomy, and physiology.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

MASS 83 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE II

4 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; six hours activity

This course is a continuation of Therapeutic Massage I. It covers additional massage techniques, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and business practices.

  • Prerequisites: MASS 82; or massage training equivalent in content and hours to MASS 82
  • Credit transferable: CSU

MASS 84 SPORTS MASSAGE

2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; three hours lab

Use sports massage techniques to enhance performance, reduce pain, increase mobility, and manage minor soft tissue injuries in athletes and non-athletes. Students learn the theory and techniques used for the three applications of sports massage: event massage, maintenance massage, and rehabilitative massage.

  • Prerequisites: MASS 82; or massage training equivalent in content and hours to MASS 82
  • Credit transferable: CSU

MASS 85 CLINICAL MASSAGE

2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; three hours lab

Students learn to evaluate and manage myofascial pain and dysfunction and other soft tissue injuries.

  • Prerequisites: MASS 82; or massage training equivalent in content and hours to MASS 82
  • Credit transferable: CSU

MASS 180A MASSAGE LAB I

1-2 units • P/NP • Three hours activity by arrangement per week for each unit of credit

This course allows students to practice basic massage skills and learn basic business skills while in a supervised setting that simulates a professional massage business. May be taken for a maximum of two units.

  • Prerequisites: Massage training similar in content and hours of training to MASS 82
  • Prerequisites or corequisites: MASS 82

MASS 180B MASSAGE LAB II

1-2 units • P/NP • Three hours activity by arrangement per week for each unit of credit

Course includes mentoring students in MASS 180A, refining and integrating massage skills, and conducting all business activities necessary for operation of lab. May be taken for a maximum of two units.

  • Prerequisites: MASS 180A; massage training similar in content and hours of training to MASS 83
  • Prerequisites or corequisites: MASS 83