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Massage Practitioner Certificate of Training

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Up to 357 Hours[1] / 11 Units / 9-12 Months

Course # Course Name Units Hours
KINS 63 Fitness Anatomy & Kinesiology 2 34
MASS 82 Therapeutic Massage I 4 136
MASS 83 Therapeutic Massage II 4  136
MASS 180A Massage Lab I  1  51
   TOTAL  11 357


Course Sequence

  • You must take MASS 82 (or have equivalent training) before you can enroll in MASS 83
  • You must take MASS 82 before you can enroll in MASS 180A unless you take both courses at the same time
  • You can take KINS 63 at any time

When you complete the requirements for the certificate, you must file an application for a Certificate of Training through the Physical Fitness Department in the Kinesiology Division. If you want an optional certificate that shows the number of hours of training completed, contact the Massage Therapy Program.

The hands-on massage courses at MPC—MASS 82, MASS 83, MASS 84, MASS 85, MASS 180A, and MASS 180B—are listed under "Physical Fitness - Massage" in the online Class Schedule and in the printed and PDF versions of the Class Schedule, and under "Massage Therapy" in the MPC Catalog of Courses.

Please see the current MPC Catalog or Schedule of Classes (
http://www.mpc.edu/academics/general-information/course-catalogs-class-schedules) for information on other courses in our curriculum, courses such MASS 84 (Sports Massage), MASS 85 (Clinical Massage), KINS 41 (Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries), BUSI 44 (Introduction to Business Ownership & Management), ANAT 5 (Human Biology), and MEDA 105 (Medical Terminology).

In California: 1) Massage schools issue certificates, degrees, and diplomas, not certification. You are certified only if you earn Certification from California Massage Therapy Council; 2) There is no state license to practice massage, only business licenses issued by cities and counties.

Attendance and/or graduation from a California Massage Therapy Council approved school does not guarantee certification by CAMTC. Applicants for certification shall meet all requirements as listed in California Business and Professions Code sections 4600 et. Seq.


[1] The total hours of training students complete in the Massage Therapy Program vary depending on course selection and attendance. Also, hours of training are decreased, for example, when instructors must cancel classes and there is no substitute available, or when classes are cancelled due to a campus closure.

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