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Massage Therapist

at Riverland Community College

Program Details

  • Award: Diploma
  • Credits: 33
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The Massage Therapist program prepares the graduate to operate a massage therapy clinic or be employed in another health care-related setting. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, enhance relaxation, reduce pain and increase mobility and flexibility. Massage Therapists can work in a clinic, hospital, private practice, health club and a variety of other work settings. This well-balanced program integrates theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology along with developing professional communication skills. The graduate therapist is able to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal system, propose and implement a treatment plan and observe the client's response to treatment. Documentation is done to record muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, client response and the effects of stress on the body. Our curriculum is diverse, teaching several types of massage and integrating the art and science of massage into the classroom with stress reduction, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, reflexology, working with special populations, and other manual soft tissue techniques. This program also focuses on building strong communication skills that enable graduates to interact appropriately, respectfully and professionally with clients.

Program Locations

  • Riverland Community College, Albert Lea 56007
  • Riverland Community College, Austin 55912

Labor Market Information

  • Massage Therapists

  • Median wage: $22.96/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • College Health Specialties Teachers

  • Median wage: $74,801/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
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Riverland Community College
Riverland Community College
1900 8th Ave. N.W. Austin, MN 55912 Toll-Free: (800) 247-5039 Local: (507) 433-0820 TTY: (800) 627-3529