Associate Degree - Massage Therapy

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Associate Degree in Massage Therapy


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Total Program Credits:
90 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
6 quarters full time
18 months with year-round classes

The massage therapy Associate of Applied Science program at Globe University provides students with the skills and training needed for employment as massage therapists, with campuses conveniently located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In as few as 18 months of full-time, year-round massage therapist degree classes, you can prepare for a fulfilling career in massage therapy and obtain essential skills for the field, including:

  • Professional communication
  • Client retention and sales
  • Clinical health and wellness

Courses specific to the Massage Therapy Associate degree program include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue and Sports Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage
  • Pregnancy/Special Population Massage
  • Craniosacral/Lymphatic Drainage Therapies
  • Condition Specific Assessment Strategies

From hot stone to deep tissue and special populations massage classes, Globe University’s Associate degree in Massage Therapy can help you prepare for your future career.

Massage Therapy degree highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Hands-on learning
  • Experienced financial aid professionals
  • Instructors with industry expertise
  • Career search assistance from the career services department

Swedish Massage

Students receive hands-on training in skills and knowledge necessary to perform full-body Swedish massage and basic chair massage routines. Topics include the history of massage, legal considerations, equipment, safety practices, basic musculoskeletal identification, benefits and contraindications of massage, technique application, client consultation, assessment and basic documentation.

Pathology for Massage Therapists

This course introduces postural analysis and disease conditions for eleven body systems, providing students with related skills needed by massage therapists.

Pregnancy/Special Populations Massage

Students learn the skills and knowledge necessary to perform pregnancy massage. They are also introduced to massage techniques commonly performed in geriatric and hospice settings. Each student performs hands-on applications of pregnancy and special population’s techniques in lab.

Myofascial Release

Students learn how to manipulate connective tissue in a full-body myofascial release routine. Each student performs myofascial techniques in lab. Students receive eight hours of CPR and first aid training as part of this course.

Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates.

A.A.S. Massage Therapy Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

  1. A New Beginning Bodyworks
  2. Advanced Massage Therapies
  3. Afton Chiropractic Clinic & Spa
  4. DaVinci Therapeutic Massage
  5. Day Spring Health Spa
  6. Elements Therapeutic Massage
  7. Lifetime Fitness
  8. Lighthouse Chiropractic Clinic
  9. Massage Envy
  10. Massage Retreat and Spa

Thank you for your Interest in Globe University.