Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy

Parker’s Associate of Applied Science with a major in Massage Therapy program equips students with the knowledge and skills to address a wide variety of clients by using touch to engage the soft-tissue muscles of the body. The program trains students to utilize multiple therapeutic techniques to help relieve pain and stress, rehabilitate injuries, and jumpstart relaxation among clients. Whether students seek careers in wellness institutions and spas or rather to operate their own independent business, graduates of Parker’s Massage Therapy program stand ready for employment as massage therapists.

In as few as 16 months with full-time enrollment, students in Parker’s Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy program will develop an in-depth knowledge of clinic application in a variety of multidisciplinary settings, from sports care to chiropractic. Additional course content includes accounting, marketing, and business objectives that explore the broad range of opportunities available for today’s massage therapy professionals.

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Parker’s Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy consists of:

  • Preparation for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’ Massage Board Licensing Exam
  • 360 hours of clinical and hands-on training
  • A total of 60 credit hours
    • 24 credit hours of general education courses
    • 36 credit hours of concentration courses

Parker’s AAS in Massage Therapy program prepares its graduates to:

Demonstrate multiple therapeutic and relaxation modalities in order to provide appropriate client care, including:

  • Swedish
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Chair
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
  • Sports
  • Prenatal
  • Visceral
  • Special population

Identify the relationships between the structure and function of the human body

Incorporate advanced massage technique knowledge with clinical application across a variety of clinical settings.

Develop business goals and objectives for a career in the health and wellness industry through internships and other development opportunities.

Where Do Massage Therapists Work?

Massage therapists are often self-employed, with versatile work hours allowing for employment in both public and private settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, America will see a 22% job growth of massage therapists through 2024 – that’s a projection of 47 thousand new jobs.

  • Sports facilities and fitness centers
  • Spas and massage clinics
  • Hospitals and multidisciplinary clinics
  • Private homes and offices
  • Chiropractic clinics

Have you already earned a Certificate in Massage Therapy?

If so, earning your associates in massage therapy from a leading program – and advancing your wellness career – just became more convenient than ever.

Current massage therapy professionals who already have a MT certificate only need to complete the following eight general education courses to earn Parker’s new Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy degree:

  • Intro to Speech Communication
  • Intro to Computing
  • English Composition
  • College Algebra
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Psychology
  • American Literature

What is the Career Outlook for Massage Therapist?


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