Community College of Rhode Island

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Associate in Applied Science

The Therapeutic Massage Program has been in existence since 2000. Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) after completing 1165 hours. The program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

Therapeutic massage involves the use of manual soft tissue mobilization to promote health and wellness. Recent scientific studies done at the Touch Research Institute in Miami, have documented the many positive physical, mental, and emotional effects of massage.

The Therapeutic Massage Program offers students a strong scientific background for the understanding and application of various soft tissue techniques. Various types of holistic massage will be studied, including both Eastern and Western approaches.

The Therapeutic Massage Program is offered at the Newport County Campus. It is a modified evening and weekend program. Although the Therapeutic Massage Program core courses are given at the Newport location, the required General Education courses may be taken at other CCRI sites prior to acceptance. All fieldwork courses shall be completed within 18 months following completion of the academic training.

All graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Massage Therapist, which is administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). An individual must successfully pass the certification examination in order to apply for licensure to practice as a licensed massage therapist in the State of Rhode Island.

Licensed massage therapists are employed in a variety of settings, including home offices, rehabilitation clinics, wellness centers, chiropractic offices, health clubs, hospitals and spas. They often work with other healthcare professionals as a part of the rehabilitation team, and a hallmark of CCRI’s program is to prepare students to work in medical environments with clients who have compromised health or physical impairments.

Therapeutic Massage Certificate

CCRI's Massage Therapy Certificate Program combines a strong scientific basis for the understanding and application of various soft tissue massage therapy techniques, with high standards in professional development.   The intensified evening weekend program is an 805-hour, 40-credit curriculum leading to a Massage Therapy Certificate.  Our program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). The program emphasizes on ethics, clinical assessment, critical thinking and entrepreneurship and prepares you for the massage and bodywork National Certification Exam and Rhode State Licensure. The program can be completed in 12 months.

Students must be able to perform basic massage techniques and demonstrate the ability to give and receive a therapeutic massage treatment. Student must be at least 18 years old prior to taking TMSG 1000. An individual must successfully pass the national certification examination in order to apply for licensure to practice as a licensed massage therapist in the state of Rhode Island. Gainful Employment Information can be found by visiting the VP of Academic Affairs Website.

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Last Updated: 12/13/12