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Therapeutic Massage Program

The Therapeutic Massage Certificate program will accept applications in February, March, May, June & July 2024 for a September 2024 start

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The Therapeutic Massage certificate program offers students a strong scientific background for the understanding and application of various soft tissue techniques to promote health and wellness. Several approaches will be studied to ensure an education that includes a holistic approach to massage.

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Newport County Campus, Newport

The Therapeutic Massage program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 900 Commonwealth Place, Suite 200-331, Virginia Beach, Va 23464; www.comta.org202-888-6790.

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 a 685-hour, 35-credit curriculum leading to a Massage Therapy Certificate. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). The program emphasizes ethics, clinical assessment, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship. Students are prepared for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), overseen by the Federation of State Massage Boards, to apply for a license to practice massage in the state of Rhode Island. The program can be completed in 12 months.

CCRI graduates, who are licensed massage therapists, are employed in a variety of settings that include rehabilitation clinics, wellness centers, chiropractic and acupuncture offices, health clubs and spas. Additionally, many of our graduates have opened successful private businesses. CCRI’s Therapeutic Massage Program rigorously prepares students to be able to work in hospitals, medical environments and with clients who have compromised health or physical impairments

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing the certificate in Therapeutic Massage will:

1. be skilled in a variety of therapeutic massage modalities as entry-level practitioners

2. demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems in a clinical setting

3. demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and in writing

4. act as ethical and responsible members of the healthcare profession

5. demonstrate a strategy for successful practice, business or employment

6. demonstrate strategies to participate in professional activities and pursue personal professional development

Job Market Outlooks

Quick Facts: Massage Therapists

2021 Median Pay

$46,910 per year
$22.55 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary nondegree award

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2021


Job Outlook, 2021-31

20% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2021-31



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