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Massage Therapy Certificate Program

The certificate program is designed for students who want to become a Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP) or those who want to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and have previous college credits that meet the Maryland Board's requirements. This certificate may be designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction program by the State of Maryland. If you are a resident of a Maryland county where there is no public community college massage therapy certificate, you may apply for a waiver of the out-of-county tuition differential for courses included in this certificate. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.


There is an admission process for the Massage Therapy program. A fall and spring cohort is offered with day and evening sections.

Starting with the Fall 2017 class, applications will be accepted on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirement information is available online and at information sessions.

These courses meet the requirements for Maryland licensing or registration. Graduates will receive a certificate in therapeutic massage from AACC. For a complete description of the courses and program requirements see our catalog or the course description page.

  • MAS 100 - Introduction to Massage
    MAS 100 must be completed before the program begins. Applicants applying to the fall program must complete the course with a grade of C or better by the end of the summer prior to starting. For spring admission, the course must be completed with a grade of C or better by the end of the winter semester. If this requirement is not met, student will not receive final acceptance into the program.
  • BIO 230 - Structure and Function of the Human Body*,**
  • MAS 110 - Fundamentals of Massage Therapy
  • MAS 111 - Intermediate Massage Therapy
  • MAS 117 - Kinesiology for Massage Therapists
  • MAS 120 - Massage Therapy Clinic 1
  • MAS 113 - Advanced Massage Therapy
  • MAS 121- Massage Therapy Clinic 2
  • MAS 118 - Business for Bodyworkers

Total Credit Hours: minimum of 32

Contact Hours in Massage Training: 645

*The BIO 231/232 or BIO 233/234 sequence with a grade of C or better is an option if students prefer to take them in lieu of passing BIO 230 with a grade of C or better.

**Please contact the program coordinator for math eligibility requirements.

Students receiving a Certificate in Massage Therapy will be eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Having passed this exam, they also satisfy the State of Maryland's requirements to apply to a Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP) program. If a student has previous college credits totaling 60, they may satisfy the State of Maryland's requirements to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

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