Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the Massage Therapy Certificate Program offered?

A: The Massage Therapy Certificate Program begins in the Fall semester. It is a 500-hour, in- class program held Monday through Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, for the duration of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Q: Is it necessary to take both semesters? Can I start the class in the Spring semester?

A: Both semesters of the class are required in order to complete the program. Students may not enroll for only one semester of the program. Students must start the program in the Fall semester (WELL 701) and complete the program in the Spring semester (WELL 702). If you begin the program and stop attending for any reason, you will need to start the program the next Fall and complete the program in its entirety in order to graduate.

Q: How can I register for the Massage Therapy Certificate Program?

A: Admission into the Massage Therapy Certificate Program is by special application. The Special application for Fall 2015 is now available. Admission into the program is granted on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who have fully completed the application, met all requirements, and provided required documents. Students who complete all application requirements in a timely fashion will be authorized to register for the program (up to the class maximum of 30 students). All other eligible applicants will be put on a wait list in case any openings occur before the program starts in the Fall semester. Applications will be accepted until all student positions have been filled.

Q: How many units are in the Massage Therapy Certificate Program?

A: Each course is 12 units per semester; 24 units total for the two semesters.

Q: Will I be a Certified Massage Therapist when I finish the program?

A: Once the 500-hour program is successfully completed, you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement from Skyline College. You will also be eligible to apply for Certified Massage Therapist status in the State of California from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). There are 544 class hours in the program, and you must attend a minimum of 500 of those hours to graduate. Absence in excess of 44 hours over the two semesters will mean you cannot complete the program, graduate, or receive a Certificate.

Q: Where is the Massage Therapy Program taught?

A: The program is taught in Skyline College's beautiful, state-of-the-art facility (Building 4) with media-equipped lecture room and fully-furnished lab. Students will work with clients in the massage clinic to gain mastery of the skills learned in the classroom.

Q: Are there any prerequisites or special requirements for admission to the program?

A: Please see the Special Application for admission to the program for all requirements. It is recommended that students are eligible for English 836 and Reading 836, or English 846 or ESOL 400 or equivalent, since students will need to comprehend the textbook material and successfully take written tests during both semesters.

Q: What will I learn?

A: You will learn Assessment, Theory, and Practice of several massage modalities (primarily Swedish/Wellness Massage and Sports/Deep Tissue Techniques [myofascial, cross fiber friction, trigger point, and facilitated stretching] with introductions to Hot/Cold Stone Therapy, Prenatal Massage, and On-Site [Seated] Massage). Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Hydrotherapy, Palpation Skills, Business, and Ethics, as they relate to the practice of therapeutic bodywork, will also be taught. You will also work with members of the public in a supervised clinic setting to gain mastery of the skills learned in the classroom.

Q: What is the entire cost for the two-semester program?

A: Students are required to purchase textbooks that cost approximately $160. Tuition must be paid each term for 12 units (resident or non-resident rates apply), and there are nominal parking fees. Students are also required to purchase a supply kit, a massage table (if the student does not already own one), two uniform shirts, and a name tag. Total cost for the program in the Fall semester will be approximately $1,300 including tuition, books, kit, massage table, and uniform shirts. The full cost is paid at the beginning of the fall semester except for the tuition, parking, and student fees for the Spring term.

Q: Is Financial Aid available for the Massage Therapy Certificate Program?

A: Yes, Financial Aid is available to cover program costs. It is important for you to apply as soon as possible so funding can be granted before the program starts. Textbooks and supplies will be needed on the first day of class when the program begins. Failure to procure texts and supplies prior to the beginning of the program may jeopardize your ability to continue in the program.

Q: What are the required textbooks?

A: There are two required textbooks:
"Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition," Andrew Biel; Books of Discovery, 2010; and "Massage Therapy: Principles & Practice, 4th Edition" by Susan G. Salvo, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Please make certain that you have the fourth edition of both books. A third book, "Trail Guide to the Body, Student Workbook, 4th Edition," is also recommended, but not required.

Q: Is a uniform required?

A: Students are required to purchase two Massage Therapy Program logo shirts to be worn while working in the student massage therapy clinic. Dress requirements for the remainder of the program are outlined in the Student Contract associated with the Special Application.

Q: What can I expect once I complete the Massage Therapy Certificate Program?

A:  Skyline College's Massage Therapy Certificate Program will prepare you for gainful employment as a massage therapist in many healing arts environments and also prepare you for private practice if you prefer to be self-employed. The program is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in the most popular massage therapy modalities.

Q:  Is there anything else I need to know about the program?

A:  You will be giving massages to and receiving massages from men and women in the class and also giving massages to members of the general public during the massage clinic. You will be required to remove your clothing in order to receive massage, but professional draping techniques will always be used to protect your privacy. You will need to keep your fingernails short (short enough that the ends of your fingers can be seen beyond the ends of the nails). Full attendance is extremely important, so you'll need to make arrangements to be able to attend classes on a regular basis. Failure to attend regularly will jeopardize your ability to remain in the program. (See "Will I be a Certified Massage Therapist when I finish the Program" above.)

Q: How do I get started?

A: Admissions into the Massage Therapy Certificate Program is by special application. Please watch the Wellness Program website for updated information or feel free to email Dr. Ronda Wimmer with inquiries at wimmerr@smccd.edu.

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