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Therapeutic Massage 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 already have at least 31 college credits. 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 therapeutic massage 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.


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
  • 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 Massage Therapists
  • MAS 118 - Business for Bodyworkers

Total Credit Hours: minimum of 29
(These courses fulfill the state's requirement for a minimum of 24 credits in basic and applied science courses related to health care.)

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 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 (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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