Academics

Explore Over 300 Programs of Study at Miami Dade College

Courses You Will Take

PROGRAM CODE: 53029 // TOTAL CREDITS: 25

You can graduate with a Career Technical Certificate in Massage Therapy under any of these three options. Choose from the course sequences below.

Major Course Requirements - Generic Option

The generic option of the massage therapy program is an entry-level program designed for students without experience in the field or credentials in another health care profession, who are looking to learn and practice the art and science of massage therapy.

The two-semester massage therapy program prepares individuals on the basic techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, and the understanding of pathologies and how massage therapy intervention assist the healing process. Besides hydrotherapy modalities, students will also learn and practice neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, stretching and ROM, PNF, AIS, and basic concepts of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.


First Semester
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MSS 0215 History & Standards for Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250 Introduction to Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250L Introduction to Massage Therapy Laboratory 6 credits
MSS 0156 Anatomy & Physiology for Massage Therapy 1.5 credits
MSS 0156L Anatomy & Physiology for Massage Therapy Laboratory 2.5 credits
Second Semester
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 0003 Introduction to Health Care 3 credits
MSS 0300 Hydrotherapy Modalities Lecture 1 credit
MSS 0300L Hydrotherapy Modalities Lab 1 credit
MSS 0281 Allied Modalities 2.5 credits
MSS 0803C Massage Therapy Clinical Practicum 3 credits

Major Course Requirements - Transitional Option

The transitional option of the massage therapy program is design for licensed health professionals and/or registered or practical nurses, who are looking to learn and practice the art and science of massage therapy.

The two-semester massage therapy program prepares individuals on the basic techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, and the understanding of pathologies and how massage therapy intervention assist the healing process. Besides hydrotherapy modalities, students will also learn and practice neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, stretching and ROM, PNF, AIS, and basic concepts of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.

First Semester
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MSS 0215 History & Standards for Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250 Introduction to Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250L Introduction to Massage Therapy Laboratory 6 credits
MSS 0281 Allied Modalities 2.5 credits

Major Course Requirements - Accelerated Option

The accelerated option of the massage therapy program is design for licensed physical therapists and/or physical therapy assistants, who are looking to learn and practice the art and science of massage therapy.

The one-semester massage therapy program prepares individuals on the basic techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, and the understanding of pathologies and how massage therapy intervention assist the healing process. Besides hydrotherapy modalities, students will also learn and practice neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, stretching and ROM, PNF, AIS, and basic concepts of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.

First Semester
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MSS 0215 History & Standards for Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250 Introduction to Massage Therapy 1 credit
MSS 0250L Introduction to Massage Therapy Laboratory 6 credit
Second Semester
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 0003 Introduction to Health Care 3 credits
MSS 0300 Hydrotherapy Modalities Lecture 1 credit
MSS 0300L Hydrotherapy Modalities Lab 1 credit
MSS 0281 Allied Modalities 2.5 credits
MSS 0803C Massage Therapy Clinical Practicum 3 credits