Massage Therapy : Emily Griffith Technical College

Massage Therapy

Our Massage Therapy program will give you hands-on experience necessary for a meaningful career as a massage therapist. Our comprehensive curriculum includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics and lifestyle wellness–all important skills needed for a career as a massage therapist. Our program is now a part-time afternoon or evening program, so you can fit classes into your schedule. 

Learn advanced massage techniques including prenatal massage, cupping, and hot stone massage. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with massage professionals and attend a variety of field trips, including a human cadaver lab! Then you can practice your massage skills on actual clients at the student-run Emily’s Massage Clinic.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Massage Therapy Certificate?

Graduates use their certificate to work as a Massage Therapist in a variety of settings, including:

  • Massage Clinic
  • Sports Massage
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Spas

Thinking about applying? Get the program checklist or flyer.

Massage Therapy requires a criminal background check. Click here for a full list of disqualifying offenses.

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10 Months
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Course Information

Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
MST 1005 Lifestyle Wellness 2
MST 1006 A & P for Massage Therapy 4
MST 1010 Ethics for Massage Therapy 1
MST 1011 Massage Therapy Fundamentals 4
MST 1013 Professional Massage 3
MST 2004 MST Business Practices 2
MST 2008 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 2
MST 2016 Pathology for Massage Therapy 3
MST 1005 Lifestyle Wellness

Explores fundamental knowledge and application of specific wellness principles necessary to develop a plan for improved health, enhanced wellness, and an overall healthy lifestyle that influences both personal and professional living.

Start Date: 04/17/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 1006 A & P for Massage Therapy

Provides a general knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body systems with focus on the anatomy and physiology of the muscular and skeletal systems. This course is designed specifically for individuals specializing in massage therapy.

Start Date: 02/06/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 1010 Ethics for Massage Therapy

Focuses on the ethical issues associated with the practice of massage therapy. Emphasis will be on the NCBTMB Code of Ethics, confidentiality of client information, and effective and appropriate interpersonal communication with clients and peers.

Start Date: 01/23/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 1011 Massage Therapy Fundamentals

Describes the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to perform therapeutic massage that incorporates an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects and overall health benefits of this modality. This course will cover the history of massage therapy, contraindications, hygiene, session documentation, body mechanics, appropriate draping, and the basic stroke techniques of Swedish massage for seated and table massage. A focus on palpation and increasing comprehension of muscle anatomy will be incorporated throughout this course.

Start Date: 01/17/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 1013 Professional Massage

Continues the study of Integrative Therapeutic Massage techniques with emphasis on assessing and meeting client¿s needs. Students give massage in supervised in-class clinicals, applying appropriate therapeutic intervention.

Start Date: 04/19/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 2004 MST Business Practices

Assists the practitioner of massage therapy to envision, market, establish and maintain a professional massage therapy practice.

Start Date: 06/21/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 2008 Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Provides an advanced and applied study of the musculoskeletal system for massage therapy students, other bodyworkers, and/or movement instructors. This kinesthetic course focuses on the recognition of bony locations of the major nerve pathways, the origins, insertions, and actions of muscles, and other anatomical structures to improve and refine palpation skills.

Start Date: 06/27/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon
MST 2016 Pathology for Massage Therapy

Focuses on basic knowledge of disease, injury and health to assist the massage therapist to promote healing, ease pain and discomfort, and avoid complications during massage therapy sessions. With a broad perspective of pathology and specific pathophysiology of diseases contributing to the need for massage therapy, this course provides the foundational science for safe practice as well as addresses the impact of massage on overall health and well-being.

Start Date: 05/15/2023
Instructor: Christine Alarcon

“The first time I walked into class, I was like this is where I’m supposed to be."

Jessica Blackburn’s parents always encouraged her to find a skilled trade. “I always loved learning about the human body and how things work so part of me has always thought about being a nurse,” says Jessica

But training to be a nurse can be expensive. So she decided to come take her CNA classes at Emily Griffith. 

“The first time I walked into class, I was like this is where I’m supposed to be,” says Jessica. “The atmosphere is super friendly; I loved being in Mrs. Law’s class.” 

She was impressed by how much the class prepared her for her boards. “I was absolutely more confident in my skills than others taking the boards that day,” she says. 

She finished the program in October and began working as a home health aide. And more recently she got a job as a CNA in the telemetry unit at SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center, where she will be assisting with monitoring vital signs.  

She would definitely recommend the Emily Griffith CNA program to others. “It prepares you for the real world,” says Jessica. “It’s a welcoming place and they really want you to succeed.” 

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