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*The Massage Therapy (MAS) program is being phased out. New students will no longer be admitted into the MAS program. MAS courses will no longer be offered after Winter 2020. Current MAS students can contact Academic Advising at 734-462-4429 or to discuss your program plan.

Massage Therapy AAS Degree

Massage therapy is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of increased circulation of blood and lymph, pain reduction, relaxation and restoration of health and well-being of the client. The massage therapy program is designed to prepare an individual in the field of soft tissue manipulation and is taught from a clinical perspective. Massage therapists may be employed in a private practice, a spa, or a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals and managed care centers, rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics and group and private practices. 

The massage therapy associate degree is offered to meet the expanding needs of both the allied and integrative healthcare systems. Those students who are interested in additional education and wish to enter either field with a broad background and the ability to work with a diverse group of clients and practitioners will do well to add the general education courses. This associate degree program integrates traditional and non-traditional knowledge bases regarding massage therapy and bodywork. Course work includes anatomy and physiology, a variety of massage and bodywork techniques and practices and general education courses. Massage therapists who attain this degree may also plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in a health or medical program, or an individualized area of study.

The massage therapy program is dedicated to advancing the science and art of massage therapy. This program has been approved by the State of MichiĀ­gan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and allows students to apply for licensure to practice massage therapy.

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or to complete an application.

For more information on certification, please contact:
Michigan Board of Massage Therapy Approved Program,
PO Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 335-0918
National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Assigned Program,
1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Suite 200, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, 1-800-296-0664,

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them.Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00266
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Spring/Summer Session

Total Credits: 12.5

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 10

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 13

Second Year - Spring/Summer Session

Total Credits: 3

Program Total: 62.5 Credits

* Students who may transfer to a baccalaureate program should elect the BIOL 237–238 sequence.  Please review and follow all course requirements.

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