I love my career as a Massage Therapist.

Aren Bierkan

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Asnuntuck Community College is currently offering this certificate through Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CE/WD).  Students cannot utilize financial aid to pay for this certificate through CE/WD.  On average, about 8 students are enrolled in this certificate each semester.  Upon completing the Massage Therapy Associates degree, the students will be able to work in both Connecticut as well as Massachusetts.  The student must pass the Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEx) prior to obtaining Connecticut licensure.  Asnuntuck Community College currently has a 100% pass rate on this exam.  Asnuntuck currently has employers waiting for the students to graduate.  This is a ratio of five jobs for every one student.  The national trend in Massage Therapy is moving into the Associate Degree programs.  Currently there is not a Massage Therapy degree program in the CSCU system, or even in the state.  Moving the Massage Therapy Certificate to credit would enable the college to achieve the following Board of Regents/Asnuntuck strategic goals:


GPA 2.0 required

Download the Massage Therapy Program Requirement Degree Worksheet. 


Number Title Credits
MED* 116 Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assisting 4
MAS* 101 Massage Theory and Practice 3
+MAS* 104 Massage Therapy I 4
+MAS* 133 Pathology I 3
+MAS* 148 Massage Therapy II 4
MAS* 122 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 4
+MAS* 233 Pathology II 3
+MAS* 170 Massage Bussiness and Ethics 3
+MAS* 222 Kinesiology 3
+MAS* 248 Massage Therapy III 4
+MAS* 260 Massage Therapy Clinical Internship 4


+ENG* 101 Composition 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking 3
THR* 110 Acting I  


Fine Arts Elective (Choose one): ART*, DGA*, GRA*, THR* OR see catalog for select ENG* courses 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (Choose two): ANT*, PSY*, SOC*, ECN*, POL*, HIS* 6
+MAT* 104 or higher (Transfer students should consult institutions for course recommendations) 3-4

Science Elective (Choose one): AST*, BIO*, CHE*, EVS*, OCE*, PHY* (Note: Most lab sciences have



Total Credits Required: 

  • Perform a full body massage using and integrating effleurage, petrissage, vibration, friction and tapotement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Understand the origin, insertion and actions of the muscles of the upper and lower body.
  • Understand Pathologies and how to work safely and effectively with those using massage therapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of Massage Therapy.
  • Understand the physiological effects of massage therapy on all of the 11 body systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of massage ethics and how to handle ethical dilemmas.
  • Understand business practices of massage therapy; understand the various types of employment.
  • Demonstrate the kinesthetic concepts and how they apply to massage therapy.
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