Massage Therapy (Diploma)

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Massage therapy has gained popularity with the general public and wider acceptance with the medical community. It has become recognized more and more as an effective way to alleviate symptoms related to stress or physical ailments, creating employment opportunities for massage therapists. As more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy, the demand for trained massage therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2022.*

Kaplan College’s Massage Therapy Diploma program can provide you with the education required to enter this growing field. We provide you with a solid, basic foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and massage therapies. This program introduces you to the following:

  • Proper body and table mechanics and draping
  • The history of massage therapy
  • Basic organ structure and function
  • Charting client intake and progress
  • Demonstration of ROM
  • Basic health and hygiene procedures
  • Techniques such as deep tissue, neurovascular massage, and the use of water as a therapeutic tool
  • Basic business procedure
  • The core techniques of sports massage
  • The role of nutrition as it affects the client and massage therapist
  • Resume writing, preparing for interviews, and conducting a professional job search

Massage Therapy Program Features

Get the education required to enter this growing field and seek a career as a massage therapist. Kaplan College’s massage therapy program offers the following:

  • Comprehensive clinical course instruction
  • Hands-on massage therapy training
  • Preparation assistance for certification exams
  • Assistance with job placement

Potential Massage Therapy Career Opportunities

Those seeking the services of a professional massage therapist include spa clientele, athletes, the aging population, and a wide range of individuals seeking relaxation and rejuvenation from the stresses of everyday life. With a diploma from our program, you can seek various entry-level positions or even establish your own business as a massage therapist in these settings:

  • Private offices
  • Massage therapy clinics
  • Chiropractors' and doctors' offices
  • Holistic health clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Fitness centers
  • Spas
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Sports medicine facilities
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Massage Therapists, (accessed January 2014). Expected national growth rate through the year 2022. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Campus Locations

The Clinical Massage Therapy program is available at the following Kaplan College locations:



Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may enable graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the following:

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) national certification exam† 

Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see the campus course catalog or click on the campus name above to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to graduates from that location.

Campus Catalogs

Please review the Academic Programs section of the course catalog for your campus to find details about specific program outcomes and offerings. 

Tuition and Fees

You can find current tuition information in the course catalog for your campus under Financial Information > Tuition and Fees.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.

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