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Therapeutic Massage Degree Program

The Degree Program is designed for students who want to become Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT) and do not have the 60 college credits required by the state of Maryland. This Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program 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 degree, you may apply for a waiver of the out-of-county tuition differential for courses included in this degree. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.


  • MAS 100 - Introduction to Massage
  • General Education Arts/Humanities Elective
  • General Education Mathematics
  • General Education Computer Technology
  • Physical Education Elective
  • ENG 111-112 - Composition and Introduction to Literature 1,2 Or
  • ENG 115-116 - Composition and Introduction to Literature for Non-native Speakers 1,2 Or
  • ENG 121 - Composition and Literature ***
  • BIO 230 - Structure and Function of the Human Body*,**
  • MAS 110 - Swedish Massage
  • MDA 113 - Medical Terminology
  • EMT 104 - Emergency Medical Responder Or
  • HEA 150 - First Aid and Safety--CPR
  • MAS 111 - Deep Tissue Massage
  • BIO 135 - Principles of Nutrition
  • MAS 113 - Advanced Massage Techniques
  • MAS 117 - Kinesiology for Massage Therapists
  • MAS 118 - Business for Bodyworkers
  • PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology

Total Credit Hours 60 ***

*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.

***Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the college English composition general education requirement. Students who take ENG 121 and not ENG 111-112 may need to take an additional elective course to ensure that they complete a minimum of 60 credits, which are required for the award of an associate degree. These credit hours must be chosen with the approval of the department chair or program coordinator.

Students receiving a Degree 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 this exam, they satisfy the State of Maryland’s requirements to apply to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).