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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Certificate
Clinical Sports Massage Associate in Applied Science Degree
Clinical Sports Massage Certificicate

Program Overview

​Massage Therapists help others to stay fit physically, mentally and emotionally by massaging areas of the body such as the back, neck, limbs, head and feet. Massage Therapists manipulate soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, using techniques such as Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques, and Travel Trigger Point Therapy. 

Graduates of our programs integrate manual massage techniques to positively contribute to the well being of the client in a safe and skillful manner. 

The Massage Therapy Certificate program exceeds the minimum requirement of 600 technical hours of study required for accreditation by the American Massage Therapy Association Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and 600 hours of study for state licensure required in surrounding states​​​.

The Clinical Sports Massage Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program builds upon the Massage Therapy Certificate program. Graduates perform thorough patient assessments and develop care plans based on assessments. Students implement care plans using carefully selected techniques for the given disorders, including recommended exercises to the client. Clinical Sports Massage techniques include, but are not limited to, friction therapy, trigger point therapy, active and passive engagement techniques, scraping techniques, fascial release techniques, manual lymphatic drainage and advanced stretching modalities. 

The Clinical Sports Massage Certificate program builds on basic foundational massage therapy skills​ and is designed for massage therapists who have graduated from a 600 hour or more program. Graduates of the Clinical Sports Massage Certificate program perform thorough patient assessments and develop care plans based on assessments. Students implement care plans utilizing carefully selected techniques for the given disorders, including recommended exercises for the client. Clinical Sports Massage techniques include, but are not limited to, friction therapy, trigger point therapy, active and passive engagement techniques, scraping technique, cupping with drag, fascial release techniques, manual lymphatic drainage and advanced stretching modalities.​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​Swedish Massage 
  • Reflexology 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Deep Tissue Neuromuscular Therapy 
  • Myofascial Release 
  • Travell Trigger point method 
  • Chair massage 
  • Lymphatic drainage 
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitated Stretching (PNF stretching) 
  • Active Isolate Stretching (AIS stretching)

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Textbook and Supply Costs

    Students should expect to spend approximately $1300 for books and supplie​s.  Does not include the cost of a massage table which is in addition to tuition and fees.​


  • Career Settings

    • ​​Full Service Salons 
    • Day spas 
    • Become self employed 
    • Sports Centers - Health and Fitness Clubs 
    • Holistic Health Centers - Chiropractic Offices Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Hospices 
    • Assisted Living Communities - Shopping Malls 
    • ​Airports - Corporate Offices - Cruise Ships 
    • First Class Hotels - Salons
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    Clinical Sports Massage AAS Degree​

    • BA Kinesiology, Concordia University 
    • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BAS Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Winona State University​ 
  • Related Programs

  • Additional Benefits

    Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements

    • Qualifies for national certification.

    • Immediate professional membership in Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP).​


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Gainful Employment

Clinical Sports Massage Certificate

Massage Therapy Certificate

Career Information

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