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BC3 Academic Catalog: 2020-2021 
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technical Trades - Massage Therapy Management Option, A.A.S.

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Technical Trades - Massage Therapy Management Option (314D)
Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program prepares massage therapists for management careers in the Massage industry.  The curriculum enables students to receive credit for their NCMTMB massage certification or completion of the BC3 Massage Therapy Program while being offered theoretical management and marketing skills required to successfully own and/or manage a massage therapy business.  Courses provide skill development in all facets of managing a massage business and salesmanship, with emphasis in customer service and communication skills.  Typical employment positions are massage/salon/spa owner, massage/salon/spa manager, sales consultant, manufacturer sales representative, or distributor’s sales representative.  Student must 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.

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 PA criminal background check upon acceptance into the program.

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

Program Competencies 

The student/graduate will be able to:

  • Perform a one hour Swedish table massage.

  • Perform a half hour Swedish chair massage.

  • Communicate effectively obtaining a massage client’s medical history and explanation of techniques.

  • Create a massage therapy marketing portfolio.

  • Present a massage therapy technique presentation using a PowerPoint presentation and demonstration.

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 31 for the following fall semester start.

  • A 2.50 minimum high school or college GPA is required. College GPA is utilized if 9+ college-level credits are complete for the Workplace Certificate and 12+ college-level credits are complete for the Associate in Applied Science degree at the time of application review.

  • High School Biology or BIOL 116: Human Biology, 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 successfully completed 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. All accepted students must complete clearances online before the start of classes.

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

Minimum - 63 credits

Summer (5)


Program Prerequisites:

High School graduate or GED.

High School Biology or BIOL 116 or BIOL 101 with minimum grade of “C” within the last ten years.

Massage Therapy courses can only be taken once accepted to the Massage Therapy Program.

a  Must be taken before or with MTPY 101.

b  Must be taken before or with MTPY 102.

*  indicates course has a prerequisite

c  Business Math must be taken PRIOR to or concurrently with Accounting for Mangers.

The student is encouraged to use the curriculum planner to keep track of courses take and those still needed. In some cases one or more courses will be taken in a different order than indicated on the planner, but prerequisites must be observed.

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