Skip to Main ContentSearch Site

Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program

  Applications for Fall 2023 entrance through Fall 2025 entrance (TMSG)

Application Timeline Campus Locations
Fall Enrollment - Apply in February Newport - Evening/Weekend
Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Therapeutic Massage Certificate program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-therapeutic massage certificate (TMSC) concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. Completion of an ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling or a bachelor's degree or higher. ​ 
    • Reading Comprehension Requirement:
    • Score of 75 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension or score of 250 or above in Next Generation Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
    • OR  ENGL 1002: Reading and Study Skills with a grade of "B-" or better, or ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of "B-" or better, or ENGL 0950 Integrated Critical Reading and Writing with a grade of "B-" or better.
    • English Requirement:
      • English (writing) Accuplacer test must show readiness to take ENGL 1010: Composition I
        or applicant must have completed ENGL 1005: College Writing with a grade of "C" or better.
        ENGL 1300 will not substitute for ENGL 1010. 
  1.  Completion of BIOL 2201 Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. If applicable, a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for any college courses taken is required.
  3. Note: Students must be 18 years or older to register for TMSG 1000.

    All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance.  Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a PBHS application for the program and meet current requirements.  Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Rehabilitative Health Department.

  4. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.

Technical Standards: The physical activity level for the Therapeutic Massage Certificate program is classified as “medium” by the Department of Labor in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Students must have the ability to perform essential physical skills and demonstrate the cognitive and behavioral skills or be able to perform them using compensatory techniques and/or adaptive devices. These essential skills can be found on the Essential Skills for TMSG website.

Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services. Final acceptance to the program is dependent on the results of the background check. Anyone convicted of a crime may be unable to attend clinical experiences that are required to complete the program.

Policies following acceptance into the Therapeutic Massage Certificate program: 

  • Students must have a physical examination and required immunizations completed prior to starting the program
  • Students must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider Level) obtained through an AHA-recognized community training center.
    This course is available at CCRI - HEAL 0200.
  • Students must have a current First Aid Certification.
  • Students must be able to perform basic massage techniques and demonstrate the ability to give and receive a therapeutic massage treatment.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change. 

For more clarifying information regarding any of the above please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program Admission Criteria Sort Order


Applicants to the Therapeutic Massage Certificate program will be offered acceptance in order based on the following criteria: 

  1. Successful completion of high school, GED, or baccalaureate degree
  2. ACCUPLACER reading score or grade in ENGL 1002.
  3. Earliest date of application (May applicants admitted first).

*ACCUPLACER may be taken no more than three times.

In the event of a tie, grades will also be considered for the required general education courses that are completed.  Students will receive points for grades in these courses using the following scale  In the event that there continues to be a tie, priority will be given according to the date and time that the application was submitted.


Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing and certification requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please note: A Social Security number is required to begin the certification process for the health sciences professions.