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    Massage Therapist

    The Licensed Massage Therapist Program offered at the Lake Region Center and the Sunbury Center is a 720-hour, non-credit program compliant with Pennsylvania state guidelines. Students pursing the program at the Lake Region Center will experience 96 hours of supervised hands-on clinical externship at The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pa.

    Students will receive instruction in massage therapy education which includes:

    • Massage and bodywork assessment and application
    • Professional ethics
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Kinesiology
    • Pathology
    • Best business practices

    Students will also receive CPR certification through the American Heart Association.

    Fast Facts

    • Total tuition and fees for the Massage Therapy program, including a massage table, books, licensing exam fee, CPR certification, a subscription to Massage Prep, and clinical externship total $6,995. Physical examination, background check, state license fee, and scrubs cost an additional $215.
    • The program lasts approximately 9 months.
    • Students must pass a physical exam, ACCUPLACER exam, and Pennsylvania criminal background check.
    • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, massage therapists can earn up to $19.23 per hour or $39,990 per year, and the field is expected to grow by 26% through 2026.
    • After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) through the state board of massage therapy to obtain their license.
    • Licensed graduates may seek employment in spas, rehab clinics, hospitals, cruise ships, hotels, chiropractic practices, health and wellness centers, or in private practices.
    • Financial aid is available to eligible applicants.

    Clock Hours

    The program consists of five modules of five weeks each, plus an externship.

    Classes are held Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Area of instructionHours
    Massage Theory / Self Care72
    Anatomy & Physiology82
    Swedish Massage60
    Hydrotherapy / Sports Massage60
    Law, Business Ethics26
    Allied Modalities / Sports60
    Therapeutic / Medical Massage96
    Massage II - Research24
    Total hours720