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: minimum of 29
Contact Hours in Massage Training: 600
*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 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).
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