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Therapeutic Massage - Technical Diploma

Imagine a career in which you're the best part of someone's day. As a licensed massage therapist, you make people feel better through your skills and expertise. In this 28-credit program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body and a high degree of professional technical skill, with an emphasis on personal and professional development, increased self-awareness, and sensitivity.

Program Code: 315371
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Area of Study: Health Sciences

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $4,489, Books: $700, Supplies: $675

Total Approximate Costs

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Delivery Methods

8 Week Advantage: This is an 8 Week Advantage program.

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following:
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Complete these prerequisite courses and requirements (unless already completed):
  • Caregiver background check, vaccine records.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

Program Availability

A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

What will I learn?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Therapeutic Massage technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 28
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 30-537-XXX and 10-537-XXX courses. Students who withdraw or receive a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
  • The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice personal wellness techniques in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Develop and manage a business plan in order to generate professional income.
  • Apply knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, kinesiology in the practice of therapeutic massage.
  • Follow therapeutic massage clinic business practices.
  • Provide therapeutic massage services.
  • Demonstrate self-regulation, ethics, and professional appearance.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 50% in field

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program, and is also licensed, you will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Sports Clinics
  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Wellness and/or Other Health Care Centers
  • As an Entrepreneur

What else do I need to know about the program?

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

Clinical Experience

Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain certification to comply with affiliating agency requirements | Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit