Map to Massage 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.
Welcome to the Massage Therapy Program, which began spring semester of 1994. The Program was approved by California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) on June 22, 2016, and the current approval expires June 30, 2022.
The Massage Therapy Program includes the following options:
Certificates and Degree
The Massage Therapy Program includes several certificates and an Associate degree. Note that Certificates of Training, the Certificate of Achievement, and the Associate degree do not state the number of hours of training you complete.
- Certificate of Training (COT). Students must file an application for a Certificate of Training through the Physical Fitness Department in the Physical Education Division.
- Massage Practitioner (does not meet CAMTC Certification requirements)
- Massage Therapist Options 1 & 2 (meets CAMTC Certification requirements)
- Certificate of Achievement (COA) in Massage Therapy (meets CAMTC Certification requirements)
- Associate in Science (AS) degree in Massage Therapy (meets CAMTC Certification requirements)
- Massage Therapist-Advanced Certificate (available if you complete the Certificate of Achievement or Associate degree)
Please see our Massage Therapy Program Catalog (below) for more information.
Whether you are pursuing career options or personal enrichment, our goal is to introduce you to massage and to the understanding that massage is about connection with oneself and with others, connection that is safe, ethical, nurturing, compassionate, and mutually rewarding. For those who want to explore massage as a career, we want to train entry-level massage therapy practitioners who will be touchstones verifying the many benefits quality massage therapy can provide. These benefits include self-awareness, pain relief, relaxation, enhanced fitness, and normalization of the physiologic functions impaired by the physical and emotional stresses of daily life.
Massage is an ancient healing art that has awakened many of us to the intimate connection between the body, mind and spirit. Massage also helps us remember our interconnection with all human beings, and with the world around us. Massage allows us to connect with one another at the deepest level of our being, encouraging interpersonal trust, respect and reverence. Massage can act as a bond that ties us together into one human family, and it can serve as a salve that heals the emotional wounds we suffer in life, wounds that can fill us with fear, hate, intolerance and despair. Without these connections, peace, health, and happiness are elusive states in a world that is often stressful and fragmented.
Massage goes hand in hand with health and well-being, the desire to serve humanity, the need we have to touch and be touched, and our wish to live in harmony with each other and the environments that support us all. Massage is a wonderful luxury many enjoy only on special occasions, but more and more people receive regular massages as an integral part of a wellness-oriented approach to healthcare. Unfortunately, massage therapy is vastly under-utilized in our society, but it has vast potential for helping to make us all healthier and happier. It is recognition of and respect for the potential of massage for connecting and healing us that we hope to inspire in you and in those you have the privilege to touch.
In recognizing and celebrating the connections that massage can establish or reaffirm in and between each of us, we welcome a commitment--to ourselves and to all those with whom we share the awesome power of touch--to make this world a better place for us all.
A student or any member of the public with questions that have not been satisfactorily answered by the school or who would like to file a complaint about this school may contact the California Massage Therapy Council at: One Capitol Mall, Suite 320, Sacramento, CA 95814, www.camtc.org, phone (916) 669-5336, or fax (916) 669-5337.