Massage Therapy

Health Sciences

Massage Therapists utilize the professional art of therapeutic touch to facilitate healing in the body. The Massage Therapy Program builds strong foundational skills for students, equipping them with the tools necessary to succeed in the Massage Therapy Industry. Focus is placed on structural massage – the ability to couple and apply a deep understanding of anatomy with powerful tissue sculpting techniques in order to create radical change in the body. You learn how to use hands, fingers, forearms, knuckles, fists and elbows when working with the soft tissues of the body. While the program centers heavily on anatomy, Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, you will gain exposure to Asian modalities, sports massage, pregnancy massage, and business classes. This program provides the training necessary for success in the Massage Therapy Industry regardless of the setting: private practice, spas, fitness centers, sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and chiropractic offices.

Students must successfully pass each course with a minimum grade of 80% and 100% of the course hours required in order to continue on to the next course. Students may apply for graduation from the Massage Therapy program upon successful completion of the program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee a massage therapy license (in any state). The Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy may deny the application if they determine the requirements for citizenship and/or criminal background are not met. Further, the Arizona State Board of Massage may require applicants to pass an English proficiency test if English is not their native language. If students have any concerns about the English proficiency test, citizenship status, and/or a criminal background, they are encouraged to immediately contact the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy via its website: https://massagetherapy.az.gov, give full disclosure of the situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College will not give refunds or be held liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona Massage Therapy License.

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

Massage Therapist

Advising Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Office Number: 602-286-8633

Enrollment Sessions: Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 p.m.

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Certification

Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate in Massage Therapy, making them eligible to apply for a License from the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy.

New Continuing Education Offerings

The Massage Therapy program is offering continuing education credits and options. For details on offerings and to enroll, visit purplepass.com and search "massage."

All classes are held at the Deer Valley location off the I-17 and Bell Road. For more information contact Michael Tapscott at (602) 392-5066.

Clock Hour Program

Clock-based Certificates of Competency are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

Deer Valley 

Certificate

Massage Therapy

Certificate #1184 (24 hrs/wk) | 700 hr / 8 mo | $3,954

Massage therapists use the professional art of therapeutic touch to facilitate healing in the body. The Massage Therapy program builds strong foundational skills for students, equipping them with the tools necessary to succeed in the massage therapy industry. Focus is placed on structural massage - the ability to couple and apply a deep understanding of anatomy with powerful tissue sculpting techniques in order to create radical change in the body. Students learn how to use hands, fingers, forearms, knuckles, fists and elbows when working with the soft tissues of the body. While the program centers heavily on anatomy, Swedish massage, and deep tissue massage, it rounds out your education with exposure to Asian modalities, sports massage, pregnancy massage and business classes. This program provides the training necessary for success in the massage therapy industry regardless of the setting: private practice, spas, fitness centers, sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and chiropractic offices.

*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

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