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Noncredit Certificate Program - Harrisburg & York
Great and Exciting News! The HACC Massage Therapy program is expanding to the York Campus! Go share the news! Contact Nina Kottcamp at 717-221-1386 for more information.
The HACC Massage Therapy Program is a school member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). As such we abide by both organizations' codes of ethics. Our curriculum has been approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and our graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
The College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Massage Therapy Program Brochure (includes application) (pdf) 11/12
Part-time classes begin in July. Full-time classes begin in September.
Massage Therapy Program Upcoming Events
Program Essential Qualifications (pdf)
Program FAQ (pdf) Rev. 2/12
APPLY NOW - download and print Program Application (pdf)
Classes and Times
Meet the Staff
Tuition and Finances
Request for Massage Therapy Transcript and Certificate Form (pdf)
Massage Therapy Continuing Education Offerings (pdf) Spring/Summer 2012 version
Description of Occupation - Massage therapy is the assessment and manipulation of soft tissues of the body to affect a therapeutic response in the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction. It can be preventative or restorative, helping to maintain, rehabilitate, augment physical function or relieve pain. (From Ontario Massage Therapy Association, 10/05)
Massage therapists prepare equipment; interview clients; perform therapeutic massage - including applying oil/lotion to the skin, massage the body by gliding, kneading, stretching or applying static pressure, all at varying depths to muscles and connective tissue; clean equipment , supplies and work area; keep records; and consult with other health care professionals. The therapist is responsible for the health and safety of clients during treatment sessions. Massage therapy can be physically demanding and may require standing for long periods of time.
A massage therapist should have a desire to facilitate health and healing, have strong communication skills, a sensitive touch and be in good physical condition
College Program Admissions Requirements - This is a noncredit program which can lead to an Associate Degree in Health Science. Apply directly to the Program; do not submit an Application for Admission to the college unless you plan to also pursue the Associate in Health Science. Student must be at least 18 years of age; submit application with application fee of $75; schedule a personal interview with program coordinator; submit official high school transcript or GED certificate; complete a satisfactory criminal background check. Immunizations required upon acceptance. Placement testing may be required.
The Massage Therapy Training Program costs $10,950 which includes all supplies and clinic uniform shirt. Students may be qualified for Financial Aid (FAFSA), loans or payment plans and the massage therapy program has been approved for veterans education benefits. To apply contact the massage therapy program at 717-221-1386.
Veterans Education Benefits - The massage therapy program has been approved for veterans' education benefits. Tuition must be paid in advance since VA benefits are disbursed on a post-payment basis. Information on veterans education benefits is available from the Military and Veterans Affairs Office at your local HACC campus, in Cooper 204B, 717-780-2331 or e-mail email@example.com.
Length of Program & College Degree Conferred - The massage therapy training program is 900 hours in length and meets in Harrisburg and York. The full-time day program class meets Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am – 3pm for 7 months at the Harrisburg campus. Sessions begin in March and September. The part-time program begins in January at York and July at Harrisburg and meets three evenings per week from 5:30-9:30 pm and 6 Sunday’s 9 am – 5 pm for 12 months.
The course of study includes 220 hours of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology; over 680 hours of massage modalities including Swedish massage, sports massage, reflexology, connective tissue therapy, neuromuscular therapy, chair massage, spa treatments, aromatherapy and integration and assessment; additional coursework is included in ethics, professional communication and personal awareness as well as in business practices. Students will be required to complete at least 50 supervised massages in the studio clinic outside class and 5 hours per week in the studio.
Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from HACC.
Pennsylvania recently passed massage therapy legislation that will require a state-issued license in order to practice. HACC's 800-hour program exceeds the PA requirements for massage therapy training. The HACC Massage Therapy Program is a school member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). As such we abide by both organizations' codes of ethics. Our curriculum has been approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and our graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
Once a student is a nationally certified massage therapist and employed as such, he or she is eligible to receive 30 college credits from HACC toward an Associate Degree in Health Science. Contact Vicki Gentzel 717-780-1992 for additional information.
Places of Employment and Outlook -BLS for USA - Employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists. Massage therapists work in private or group massage practices, physicians’ offices and clinics, hospitals and wellness centers, chiropractic offices, on-site (chair massages in offices, airports, at public events, etc.), health clubs and fitness centers, sports teams and events, spas and resorts, hotels, beauty and hair salons, and cruise ships.
Salary Ranges for Geographical Area - $45,412 median salary in Harrisburg (using zip 17110) from salary.com Feb 2013.
Educational Advancement - Completion of this certificate program, national certification and employment in the massage therapy field may allow articulation of 30 credits towards an Associate Degree in Health Science at HACC. Contact Vicki Gentzel 717-780-1992 for additional information.
Related Websites For Additional Information About The Career
American Massage Therapy Association
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
Massage Therapy Careers
If you have questions, contact:
717-221-1386 or 800-222-4222 ext 211386
To schedule an appointment in the student clinic - call 717-221-1317
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