Therapeutic Massage Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315371

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 27-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. Career opportunities for licensed massage therapists exist in sports clinics, salons, spas, wellness or other health care centers, or as an entrepreneur.


Employment Potential

• A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
Licensed Massage Therapist: Career opportunities for licensed massage therapists exist in sports clinics, salons, spas, wellness or other health care centers, or as an entrepreneur.

Industry Credentials

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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Therapeutic Massage technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
Basic Anatomy
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment score; 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
College 101
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
Musco Anat for Massage Ther
10-537-120 MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST ...this course introduces students to the anatomy and function of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body. Students learn the names, locations, insertion points, and actions of many of the muscles of the human anatomy. Furthermore, students apply what they learn and develop the essential palpation skills to identify the bones and muscles that comprise the musculoskeletal system. Students also acquire necessary skills for practical range of motion movements. (Prerequisite: 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy)
Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
Therapeutic Massage 1
30-537-101 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 1 ...students will learn the history of massage, the environmental considerations and equipment necessary to provide treatment, hygiene and safety, and legal requirements of therapeutic massage. Students will begin hands on training by mastering foundational skills such as draping and positioning, self-care and body mechanics, and basic massage techniques. (Corequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist)
Therapeutic Massage 2
30-537-102 THERPEUTIC MASSAGE 2 ...Students will develop skills in assessment, medical terminology, record keeping and documentation necessary to provide therapeutic massage. Students will expand their knowledge of massage techniques to include myofascial and deep tissue. Students will begin their clinical experience on assigned dates. Students must hold a current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card. (Corequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist)
Path Pharm & Med Term
10-537-121 PATHOLOGY, PHARMACOLOGY & MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY this course, students will be introduced to disorders that can occur in major body systems with their signs, symptoms and associated pharmacology. They will learn the types of diseases that affect each of the major body systems and more specifically the signs and symptoms of selected pathologies and disorders that could prove to be a contraindication to massage therapy. Students will also gain a foundational understanding of medical terminology, a basic understanding of pharmacology and the possible interactions between medications and massage. (Prerequisite:10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist)
Kines for Mass Therapist
10-537-138 KINESIOLOGY FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST ...building upon foundation knowledge from musculoskeletal anatomy, students deepen their understanding with an emphasis on muscle groups used to perform specific actions. Students directly apply this knowledge through the practice of ROM, postural and gait assessments to identify muscles involved in specific injuries. Students learn how to integrate assessment techniques into a treatment plan for more comprehensive approach to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist)
Specialized Therapeutic Massag
30-537-111 SPECIALIZED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE ...students will develop techniques, including neuromuscular and proprioceptive, for treatment of special populations such as athletes, mother and infant, elderly, end-of-life, and chronic pain. Students will have exposure to modalities and spa therapies, eastern and energetic approaches. (Prerequisite: 30-537-102, Therapeutic Massage 2)
Massage Clinic & Business Prac
30-537-112 MASSAGE CLINIC AND BUSINESS PRACTICE ...provides students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a massage clinic. In the business section, topics covered include: ethics and legal requirements, national and state certification and licensing requirements; business startup and management; marketing and financial management. (Prerequisite: 30-537-102, Therapeutic Massage 2)
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

• Use effective and professional communication skills.
• Apply universal safety and sanitation techniques related to a massage facility
• Apply assessment criteria of diverse clients in order to adapt massage to specialized populations.
• Apply appropriate therapeutic massage techniques according to a client’s demonstrated needs.
• Demonstrate the knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology in massage practice.
• Educate clients on post-massage care.
• Practice personal wellness techniques in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
• Develop and manage a business plan in order to generate professional income.
• Demonstrate the ability to work ethically with others in a diverse population.
• Demonstrate knowledge of Wisconsin state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy and bodywork therapy.
• Practice within the scope of a licensed massage therapist within the State of Wisconsin.


Clinical Experience

• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card 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.

Industry Credentials

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

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies 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.

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 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.