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 already have at least 31 college credits. This certificate is designated as a statewide program by the State of Maryland. If you are a resident of a Maryland county where there is no public community college therapeutic massage certificate, you may apply for a waiver of the out-of-county tuition differential for courses included in this certificate.
These courses exceed the minimum 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
- BIO-230 - Structure and Function of the Human Body*,**
- MAS-110 - Swedish Massage
- MAS-111 - Deep Tissue Massage
- MAS-113 - Advanced Massage Techniques
- MAS-117 - Kinesiology for Bodyworkers
- MAS-118 - Business for Bodyworkers
Total Credit Hours 29
Contact Hours in Massage Training 600
*The BIO-231/232 or BIO-233/234 sequence with a “C” or better are an option if students prefer to take them in lieu of passing BIO-230 with a C or better.
**Please contact the program coordinator for math eligibility requirements.
Students receiving a Certificate in Therapeutic Massage will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM), or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Having passed one of these exams, they also satisfy the State of Maryland's requirements to become a Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP). If a student has previous college credits totaling 60 (including those earned with this certificate) they satisfy the State of Maryland's requirements to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).