Apr 22, 2019  
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2018-2019 
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2018-2019

Massage Therapy, Certificate

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Massage Therapy (050)
Certificate of Achievement

The Massage Therapy Program provides a comprehensive academically-based education that serves the community by preparing the graduate for immediate employment as a massage therapist.

This program is designed to prepare individuals for a health career as a massage therapist. Graduates will complete a course study that is 630 clock hours of curriculum content including, but not limited to anatomy and physiology, pathology, treatment techniques, protocols following the standards of massage practice, ethics, professional communication skills, and business practices.

Butler County Community College is designated as an assigned school for Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworks (NCBTMB).

Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Completion of the program will also provide the education requirement needed for graduates to later pursue the advanced credential certification through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Because certification and licensing requirements vary from state to state, students who plan to relocate after graduation are encouraged to verify these requirements in states other than Pennsylvania.

A criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to take the licensure examination or obtain state licensure. A majority of the states require a license to practice massage therapy. Applicants must submit a criminal background check upon acceptance into the program.

Criteria for Admission:

Admission to the Massage Therapy Program is selective. A special application packet, available from the Admissions Office, is required and will be made available in January due no later than July 12th for the following Fall semester start.

  • A 2.50 minimum high school or college GPA is required. College GPA is utilized if 12+ college-level credits are complete at the time of application review.
  • High School Biology or BIOL 115: Human Biloogy, BIOL 101: Biology 1, or BIOL 131: A&P 1 with a minumum grade of “C” within the last 10 years is also considered in the process.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed BIOL 115: Human Biology or BIOL 131: A&P 1.
  • Applicants must have a grade of “C” or better in all Massage Therapy Program courses for acceptance and continuation in the program.

Special Requirements Upon Acceptance:

  • Successful completion of the American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the healthcare provider or the American Red Cross Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Act 34, PA State Police Criminal History and Act 151, PA Child Abuse History Clearance. All accepted students will receive clearance forms upon admission into the program. Clearance must be obtained before the start of fall classes.

The Massage Therapy course work must be taken in sequence indicated.


Minimum - 23 credits

The Massage Therapy Program at Butler County Community College is an academically-based program that prepares the graduate for employment as a massage therapist.  The Program focuses on massage theory, techniques, and practice.

Successful completion of this program may potentially lead to professional licensure.  Licensure may be global, national, or state-specific.  This program meets requirements for the State of Pennsylvania.  Requirements for other states may vary.

Program Prerequisites

  • High School graduate or GED/HSE
  • High School Biology or BIOL 115, or BIOL 101, or BIOL 131 with minimum grade of “C” within the last 10 year.
  • Be certified in CPR in the American Heart Association:  Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers or American Red Cross:  Basic Life Support for The Professional Rescuer


1 Course may be taken in advance of acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program, as a General Studies Student.

2 Must be taken before or with MTPY 101.

3 Must be taken before or with MTPY 102.

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