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Therapeutic Massage/Massage Therapy

Massage Education

Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan offers a Certificate of Achievement Program (Curriculum Code 1255) in Therapeutic Massage. Hands-on experience in Swedish massage, polarity, clinical and sports massage, as well as extensive human anatomy/physiology and business management.

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Full time students that begin the program Fall of 2015 will complete the program in August 2016. The Program has extended semesters and does not follow the College Academic Calendar. All courses have an attendance policy. The length of the full time program is three semesters.

The four-semester part time program will begin Spring 2015 and will end in May 2016. Classes meet three evenings per week, primarily from 5:40 to 9:30 pm and Healthy Lifestyles and Massage Fitness Lab are scheduled at the student's discretion.

Students are required to follow the program course sequence with their cohort.

Massage School Accreditation

The program was granted full accreditation (5 years) on May 10, 2010 from the Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). We are pleased to announce that COMTA has extended LCC's accreditation to April 2017 as of November 2013!

Massage Affiliations

School Member - American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Assigned School by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).


Nature of Work

Massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints to relax or reduce pain in patients or customers. Massage therapists may be self-employed in private practice, employed in a variety of health care settings, in health and beauty spas, in sports or exercise complexes, or in large lodging and travel facilities.

Skills you need

To succeed as a massage therapist, you will need physical strength, mobility, and good interpersonal, communication, listening and critical thinking skills.

Employment prospects

Jobs in massage therapy are expected to increase faster than average. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work (NCBTMB), which is necessary in order to advertise as a "certified" massage therapist. Graduates are in private practice and work at hospitals, chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, holistic health clinics, spas and salons. Employment opportunities exist in resorts and on cruise ships.




Gainful Employment

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Click the following link to view the current Therapeutic Massage Advising Guide and information to prepare for a career in massage therapy.

Click here to view Advising Guide 

The Program has extended semesters and does not follow the College Academic Calendar. All courses have an attendance policy.

Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

MASG 110 Massage for Non-Majors
MASG 131 Therapeutic Massage I
MASG 132 Body Systems for Massage
MASG 137 Medical Elements of Massage
MASG 138 Fundamentals of Clinical Massage
MASG 139 Medical Conditions in Massage
MASG 141 Massage Clinic I
MASG 151A Chair Massage
MASG 151B Sports Massage
MASG 151C Maternal-Infant Massage
MASG 151D Special Populations
MASG 231 Therapeutic Massage II
MASG 232 Therapeutic Massage III
MASG 235 National Certification Prep
MASG 241 Massage Clinic II
MASG 242 Massage Clinic III
MASG 251A Polarity Therapy
MASG 251B Reflexology
MASG 251C Asian Body Therapy
MASG 251D Positional Release
MASG 254 Business Applications/Therapeutic Massage
MASG 256 Clinical Assessment

Therapeutic Massage Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Lansing Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program distinctive?

  1. High regard in the community
  2. Taught by instructors with many years of real life experience
  3. Low tuition and fees compared to private schools

When does the program start?

You can start the part-time program in January and the full-time program in August.

How long does it take to complete the program and what type of degree do I earn?

The full-time Therapeutic Massage Program can be completed in three consecutive semester and the part-time program can be completed in four consecutive semesters. After completing your coursework, you will earn a Certificate of Achievement in Massage Therapy.

How large are the massage classes? What is the instructor to student ratio?

We currently have 17 massage tables in our facility, and that allows for instructor ratio of 1:17 when performing hands on work, but lecture classes still have 24 students with a 1:24 ratio.

Do I need to take any prerequisites before enrolling in the program?


Are there any admission requirements for enrollment in the program?

Students need to be 18 years old, provide a copy of a valid driver's license or state identification card, must have reading level of 5 and writing level of 6, and must provide proof of high school graduation or GED (minimum score of 35).

Are there any physical requirements that I must meet?

There is no physical assessment prior to enrolling in the program, but it helps to be physically fit and agile to perform massages without becoming fatigued or injured. Please see the Therapeutic Massage Program website for a complete list of physical requirements, skills, and aptitudes that are required for success in the program.

What does the program cost? (effective Fall 2014)

Tuition: 46 Billing hours

District Resident
$85.00/Billing Hr

$170.00/Billing Hr

$255.00/Billing Hr

$298.00/Billing Hr

$ 3,910.00

$ 7,820.00

$ 11,730.00


  • Course Fees: Approximate Cost $1,820.00
  • Books: Approximate Cost (Used $500) (New $800)
  • Registration Fees: $25.00 per semester enrolled
  • Student Support Fee: $11.00 per billing hour - i.e., 46 billing hours x $11.00 = $506.00


Massage Table is required by 4th week of the MASG 131 course.

$250.00 - 500.00

Professional massage lotion or cream in a sanitary, multi-use container (pump or tube dispenser)

$30.00 (can be purchased in Medical Locked Storage, HHS 016, using StarCard)

Lotion Holster

$30.00 (can be purchased in Medical Locked Storage, HHS 016, using StarCard)

Table Linens (used linens are acceptable)

$20.00 - 40.00

Scrubs are required for clinic and/or class


P-Ball is required for MASG 231 and 232


Body Pillow


How do I apply for financial aid?

You may find more information related to financial aid by visiting Lansing Community College's Student Financial Aid website or by contacting the following:

1600 - Financial Aid
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210
(517) 483-1200

Is housing available?

The Student Life Office often posts offerings but Lansing Community College has no formal housing assistance available. Check out the Student Life website, or by contacting the following:

1170-Student Life Office (Gannon Building, Room 252.04)
P.O. Box 40010
Lansing, MI 48901-7210
Phone: (517) 483-1285

Massage Therapy Related Links

American Massage Therapy Association - (AMTA)

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

Occupational Outlook Handbook United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


Therapeutic Massage Clinic - Open to the Public

Lansing Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program is currently seeking clients for the Therapeutic Massage Clinic which is open to LCC students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

The clinic, housed in Room 013 of the Health and Human Services Building, allows students of the Therapeutic Massage Program to gain valuable client experience as required by the program curriculum, and gives the public a chance to experience the many health benefits of therapeutic massage at a great price. The cost of a one-hour full-body massage is $25. The clinic accepts check, money order, or credit/debit card - Visa or Mastercard only - by logging in to and clicking on the Therapeutic Massage store.  Please note:  we do not accept cash.

The appointment times for the clinic vary each semester.  Please call (517) 483-1451 or Click Here for current clinic information regarding clinic appointment times and appointment schedule.

Clients must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and willing to participate in a brief health screening at the time appointments are scheduled.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 517-483-1451
  • Email us at:
  • Self schedule (returning clients only): click on "Schedule a Clinic Appointment" below.  Note:  you will be required to enter your email address and date of birth.  You must click on the calendar icon and select your date of birth from the calendar.

Schedule a Clinic Appointment

24-Hour Cancellation Policy

Leave a message at (517) 483-1451

  1. If you do not provide at least 24-hour notice you will be charged for the appointment.
  2. Client substitutions must be arranged through the clinic staff.
  3. Payment for missed appointments or late cancellations must be RECEIVED within six days.
  4. If payment is not received, any scheduled appointments will be cancelled and no future appointments will be made until payment has been received.

Checks for a missed appointment can be dropped off at the Health and Human Service Building, Room 108 or should be mailed no later than the day after your missed appointment to:

Lansing Community
3100-Therapeutic Massage
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210

Scholarship Information

Occupational Program Awards - Deadline for 2015 Scholarship Applications is Saturday - February 14, 2015.

The awards are offered for a maximum of three semesters over a period of two consecutive years (Fall, Spring and one Summer Semester.) Renewal each semester is contingent upon the recipient meeting all award requirements. The Awards will cover up to $1,096 in tuition and fees each fall and spring semester and up to $382 for an optional summer semester. These amounts will cover approximately 12 billing hours plus partial fees in Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 billing hours plus partial fees in Summer Semester. An award recipient must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Reside in the LCC district.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Pursue an approved LCC Health or Human Services Degree (occupational curriculum).
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0.

Click here for application form

For more information, please contact:

The Foundation Office at (517) 483-1985.

Fitness and Wellness Program at Lansing Community College

Therapeutic Massage/Massage Therapy
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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