Our massage therapy program is implementing our certificate teach-out during the 2021-2022 academic year. This means that we will soon not be offering certain coursework required to complete the certificate, and therefore cannot accept any new students into the cohort.

We are excited to be transitioning the focus of our program to developing new certificates on a range of wellness topics! See below for associated courses that we currently offer.

Check out our current courses! New Wellness certificates featuring these topics are currently in development.

Courses in Health, Wellness & Integrative Nutrition:

  • WELL 703 Holistic/Integrative Health Science (3)
  • WELL 716 Foundations Health & Wellbeing (3)
  • WELL 718 Stress Management (3)
  • WELL 731 Introduction to Sound Healing (1)
  • WELL 740 Conscious Eating: A Sustainable Approach to Health & Healing (2)
  • WELL 760 Introduction to Holistic/Complementary & Integrative Health/Medicine. (3)

Courses in Energy Medicine, Ethnomedicine & Cultural Healing Traditions:

  • WELL 725 Consciousness, Intent & Meditation (3)
  • WELL 720 Energy Medicine (3)
  • WELL 721 Foundations of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine Theory
  • WELL 723 Ayurvedic Aromatherapy (2)
  • WELL 713 Asian Bodywork Traditions Theory & Practice (1)
  • WELL 730 Global Perspective of Meditation (3)
  • WELL 731 Introduction to Sound Healing (1)
  • WELL 732 Introduction to QiGong/Qi Gong (0.5)
  • WELL 733 Tai Chi For Health (1)
  • WELL 706 Introduction to Reflexology (1)

Courses in Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine/Studies, & Ethnobotany:

  • WELL 707 Foundations of Aromatherapy (2)
  • WELL 723 Ayurvedic Aromatherapy (1)
  • WELL 765 Everyday Uses of Herbs
  • WELL 742 Herbal/Botanical Medicine & Ethnobotany

Courses in Sports Medicine – Manual, Integrative Therapies & Rehabilitation:

  • WELL 703 Holistic/Integrative Health Science (3)
  • WELL 710 Clinical Kinesiology & Applied Biomechanics (3)
  • WELL 711 Sports Medicine & Manual Therapy (3)
  • WELL 715 Integrated Massage & Manual Therapy Techniques (3)

Wellness is associated with holistic/integrative health that encompasses a variety of multi-disciplined therapies that is also inclusive with various global traditional healing systems. Many of these therapies fall under the scope of practice of a massage therapist.

Integrative health encompasses depth of education within various perspectives of knowledge that empowers people to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

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The Wellness/Massage Therapy Program at Skyline College

The College’s Wellness program provides instruction needed to succeed in the field of holistic/integrative health. Learn the educational foundation and individualized implementation with practical hands-on training in order to gain tools that will prove to be a life changing and an informative journey of self-discovery to achieve balance for optimal health.   This knowledge will enable depth of understanding, expand awareness and examine cultural heritage within a variety of traditional healing perspectives, empowering people to make more informed decisions regarding lifelong health, healing and wellness.

Our Massage Therapy Certificate is a 600-hour full time evening program that can be completed in two semesters.  This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students, the general population and professionals alike with well-rounded entry-level knowledge, skills, and academic depth necessary for massage therapy positions in a variety of settings.  Various techniques within massage therapy include Swedish (relaxing/wellness), deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, PNF/MET, energy healing techniques, Ayurveda, Asian bodywork traditions and introducing other current massage and integrative health modalities.  Students gain valuable knowledge and real-world experience in our spa, a state of the art facility, building both confidence and mastery.

Career Outlook

Massage therapists and wellness practitioners work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, hotels, spas, hospitals, fitness centers, and sports organizations. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.

Demand for massage therapists is much higher than average, with a projected employment growth rate of 23% over the next decade according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, massage therapists make an average of $40,320 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

Wellness career opportunities can be found at Spas, Wellness Centers, Sports Medicine Clinics, Orthopedic Offices, Naturopathic Practices, Entertainment Industry, Your Own Business, Yoga Retreat Centers, Cruise Ships, Integrative Medicine Centers, Acupuncture Offices, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Offices, Chiropractic Offices, Pain Management Clinics, Beauty Salons, Athletic Clubs, Nursing Homes, Resorts, and Medical Spas.