550 Hour Essential Massage Therapy Program Course Descriptions

functional-linesThe Essential Massage Therapy (EMT) certification program will
provide foundational education and training for the profession of
massage therapy.

This program is designed to:
• Provide graduates a strong foundation in human anatomy
• Provide graduates with a depth of knowledge in massage
theory and history
• Provide graduates with understanding of pathology
• Provide graduates with extensive training in neuromuscular
• Provide graduates with a wide range of skills in Swedish,
sports massage, joint movements and integrative techniques
• Prepare graduates for the business environment, including
marketing, client assessment, ethics, taxes, bookkeeping, time
management and business planning
• Prepare graduates to confidently pass all state and national
examinations required to become a competent and professional
massage therapist

  • Completion in 8 ½ months
  • Base tuition $9,400.00
  • Diploma of graduation in Massage Therapy with 550 hours of training
  • Certification in Integrative Techniques

*Students must complete all necessary requirements in order to achieve completion and certification*


As part of the training program, students are required to complete a portion of their requirements in lab. The clinical lab hours requirements consists of:

  • 10 seated massages
  • 36 full body massages
  • 3 preceptor evaluation massages
  • 10 sport event massages
  • 16 marketing event massages
  • Record keeping on each massage

Summary of Hours

All hours listed are in clock hours which include lab and class hours. Refer to course syllabus for a breakout.

Orientation 4.50
Anatomy and Physiology 131.50
Massage Theory 70.00
Massage Technique 166.00
Sports Massage 24.00
Electives 60.00
Student Clinic 90.00
Communicable Diseases 4.00
Total Diploma Hours 550.00