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The Massage Therapy Certificate Program is designed to prepare the student to enter the profession of therapeutic massage. It meets all State of New Hampshire requirements for licensure and provides a minimum 750 hour course of study. Students gain a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as various massage interventions for general health and well-being. Electives are provided to make Nashua Community College massage graduates unique and versatile.

Completion of the program will prepare graduates to take the National Certification Examination for Massage and Bodywork required for licensure as a State of New Hampshire Massage Therapist. The passing rate for NCC graduates taking the 2009 NCETMB was 100%. Students may complete the program in one year (three semesters) or longer depending on the needs of the student. Flexible scheduling allows full time workers to build their course load as needed each term.

Students must be matriculated in the Massage Therapy Certificate program at NCC to register for any MSTN course. The following exceptions will be considered based on space availability: students enrolled at another educational institution in Massage Therapy; Licensed or Certified Massage Therapists. A minimum age of 18 is required for enrollment in any palpation dependent classes. Continuing education credits are also available for LMTs.

Applicants for Massage Therapy must meet the College requirements for admission. They must also complete Standard First Aid and CPR courses at their own expense prior to their internship.

National exams and State of New Hampshire licensure require a felony-free background check over the ten years preceding license application. NCC reserves the right to require felony checks of any prospective or matriculated massage student. If required, this would be the student's expense.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor) projects an increased growth rate of 20% for massage therapy through 2018.

Students in the Massage Therapy Program will be held to the highest professional and ethical standards. Inappropriate behavior and issues pertaining to the quality of touch will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the program at any time. The program is subject to constant review in an effect to meet current and future requirements of this quickly growing field of study.

* Some courses are offered during the day.

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SCIN111 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 2 4
MSTN101 Swedish Massage I* 2 3 3
MSTN119 Massage Business Practices 3 0 3
MSTNxxx Elective**     2/3
MSTN111 Musculo-Skeletal Study 1 2 2
MSTN121 Swedish Massage II 2 3 3
MSTN131 Pathology 3 0 3
MSTN141 Oriental Theory and Concepts 3 0 3
MSTNxxx Elective **     2/3
SCIN112 Kinesiology 2 3 3
MSTN126 Massage Rule and Ethics 1 0 1
MSTN133 Clinical Evaluation and Treatment 2 3 3
MSTN135 Deep Tissue Massage 1 2 2
MSTN190 Clinical Internship:  A Capstone Experience 0 9 3
MSTNxxx Elective **     2/3

Minimum of 37 Credits


CHWN101 Foundations of Health and Wellness 3 0 3
CHWN105 Guided Meditation and Imagery* 2 0 2
CHWN110 Introduction to Homeopathy 2 0 2
CHWN115 Introduction to Herbology 3 0 3
CHWN120 Introduction to Reiki Healing 2 0 2
CHWN125 Yoga, Breath and Movement 2 0 2
MSTN105 Spa Techniques * 2 0 2
MSTN124 Acupressure * 3 0 3
MSTN132 Sports Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN134 Self-Care and Stress Management 2 0 2
MSTN136 Shiatsu * 2 0 2
MSTN137 Pre-Post Natal Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN139 Reflexology * 2 0 2
MSTN143 Chair Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN145 Aromatherapy 2 0 2
MSTN147 Elder Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN148 Somatic Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN149 Russian Massage * 2 0 2
MSTN153 Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascal Release * 2 0 2
SCIN120 Nutrition 3 0 3
*  Please check course descriptions for prerequisites and corequisites.
**  Students must take a minimum of two (2) electives.