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Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy

The following are frequently asked questions about Massage Therapy.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual’s health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

Where do massage therapists practice?
Massage therapists offer their services in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • private practice clinics and offices
  • physicians’ offices and wellness facilities
  • chiropractors’ offices and rehabilitation clinics
  • salons, spas, resorts and cruise ships
  • health clubs and fitness centers
  • nursing homes and hospitals
  • on-site in the workplace
  • in client’s homes

What is the minimum massage training I need to practice in Maryland?
Maryland requires 600 hours of training (including 100 hours of Anatomy and Physiology) from an approved school and passing  a board approved licensing exam (MBLEx). Anne Arundel Community College's certificate or degree programs satisfy the requirements to sit for this exam and apply to become a massage professional in Maryland.

How have AACC graduates from the Therapeutic Massage Program performed on the licensing exam?
AACC massage program graduates have enjoyed one of the highest pass rates in Maryland as well as nationally.

How can I find out exactly what Maryland's regulations are?
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Do I need a degree in order to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Maryland?
No. In order to become a LMT, Maryland requires that you have 60 college credits, with a minimum of 24 credits in basic and applied science courses related to health care.

How fast can I get my massage training at AACC?
There are three consecutive semesters of bodywork (“hands-on”) training (MAS-110, MAS-111 and MAS-113) after the initial 1 credit hour MAS-100. There is one semester of Biology (BIO-230), one semester of Kinesiology (MAS-117) and one semester of Business (MAS-118).  BIO-230, MAS-117 and MAS-118 may be taken concurrently with the hands-on classes. By taking classes in the summer, the shortest time to complete the program is about 11 months. Most students complete their training in about 18 months. 

Are classes offered evenings as well as during the days?
In the fall and spring semesters, all of the massage courses are in multiple sections during the day and the evening. In the summer semester (10 weeks),  MAS-111 is currently offered in the morning and MAS-113 is currently offered in the evening.

How much will the core training (Certificate) cost me?
Approximately $3800 plus textbooks (subject to change based on tuition changes).

What is the average class size?
The largest bodywork class is 20 students. The average is 14.

I see the list of courses required. Do I have to take them in order?
A number of specific massage classes have prerequisites and/or co-requisites listed. See the detailed list for specifics. Otherwise you can take classes in whatever order makes the most sense for you.

How is a typical massage class structured?
The three hands-on classes (MAS 110, 111 & 113) meet twice a week (3 days/week in the summer semester) and have 2 hours of lecture and 2 1/2 hours of bodywork lab each class day.

What happens in the bodywork lab?
The bodywork lab is where you learn and practice massage techniques. In the lab you will work with all of your fellow students under the direction of the instructors. You will be required to give and receive massage during those lab sessions.

What sort of touch feedback do the students receive?
We encourage students to work on the instructors for touch feedback. This gives instructors the best opportunity to provide feedback so that students can improve their work. In addition, MAS-110 and MAS-113 have two hands-on practical exams and MAS-111 has one.

Do you have a student clinic?
Yes. At the end of MAS-111 and MAS-113, students have the opportunity to refine their skills by working on faculty and staff of the college. The massage clinic is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on campus.