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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:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Pathology
    • Allied modalities
    • Massage I theory
    • Massage II research
    • Kinesiology
    • Therapeutic / Medical massage
    • Hydrotherapy / Sports massage
    • Swedish massage
    • Business ethics and law

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

    Fast Facts

    • Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • 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 length of the program will depend on your location of study. The Lake Region Center program lasts approximately 6 months, and the Sunbury Center program lasts approximately 7-8 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 $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 Federation of State Massage Therapy Board.
    • Licensed graduates may seek employment in spas, rehab clinics, hospitals, hotels and resorts, cruise ships, sports facilities, chiropractic practices, health and wellness centers, long-term care facilities, or in private practices.
    • Financial aid is available to eligible applicants.