Mar 03, 2024  
Catalog 2018-19 
Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Massage Therapy

Important Information

Short Description

The Massage Therapy Program at CCBC is a comprehensive program that provides the highest quality education, experience and training for students by developing their core skills, abilities and values in preparation for the national licensure and state jurisprudence examinations required to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Maryland. The Massage Therapy Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and is recognized as a leader in massage therapy education because of their commitment to excellence.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

S 630

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Director:
Robin Anderson, BA, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS

Additional Information:

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Semester 1*

(Some students may have completed these courses prior to acceptance into the program.)

Semester 4 - Spring

Courses Needed for This Program*

Total Credits Required for Degree 60*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

 **BIOL 109 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4  Credit(s) can be substituted and accepted to fulfill this prerequisite to the program.  Students are advised to take BIOL 109  instead of BIOL 160 if the intent is to transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a higher-level degree (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc.).

Students must be admitted into the program through the School of Health Professions Admissions Office to continue beyond MASS 101. For more information, see the School of Health Professions website. 

Program Description

The Community College of Baltimore County Associate Degree Program in Massage Therapy adheres to the mission of the college by providing a quality education to students and recognizing individual learning needs. The Massage Therapy curriculum is designed to be completed in two years for full-time students or longer for part-time students. Graduates receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Massage Therapy.

Graduates of the program are prepared as skilled and responsible therapeutic massage providers and are eligible to take the MBLEX. Graduates meet the qualifications for and may apply for Maryland licensure through the Board of Massage Therapy Examiners. For qualifications for other states students must check with the appropriate licensing or certifying agency for that particular state.

This program was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission in November 2000. The CCBC Essex Massage Therapy Program is approved by the Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners and is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

The Community College of Baltimore County does not discriminate against any individual for reason of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or conditions of handicap in the admission and treatment of students, educational programs and activities, scholarship and loan programs, hiring of faculty and staff, or any terms and conditions of employment.

School of Health Professions Policies

Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.


Applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-1989 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.


Admission to the Massage Therapy program is competitive and selective. Students must submit an online selective admission application through SIMON along with three character references and a short biography stating the reasons for pursuing a Massage Therapy career. In addition, students are required to participate in an interview with Program Faculty members. 

The massage program courses are only offered on the Essex Campus.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. utilize knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and musculoskeletal kinesiology in the application of massage therapy;
  2. locate, analyze, assess and apply current outcome-based research in massage therapy;
  3. provide a full body massage using a variety of techniques including Relaxation, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Massage;
  4. identify and understand client pathologies and health conditions, cautions and contraindications to massage, and appropriate massage techniques for each individual;
  5. use a deductive reasoning process to assess, set goals, plan appropriate massage approaches and evaluate outcomes for each client;
  6. create a therapeutic relationship, maintain boundaries, provide a supportive environment for their clients, and effectively communicate with clients and professionals using appropriate written and verbal skills including documentation/maintenance of client records;
  7. develop successful and ethical business, accounting and marketing plans for their practice and select viable employment options in the surrounding area including allied health centers, integrative medicine teams, wellness centers, spas and salons, and private practice; and
  8. take and pass the National Licensure Exam (MBLEx) and the Maryland jurisprudence exam to become a Maryland State Licensed Massage Therapist and work as a professional Massage Therapist in the setting of their choice upon graduation.


Students who have successfully completed college level work at other institutions may be eligible to transfer in any courses which they have already taken which meet program requirements. Details of the CCBC transfer policy are located in the Admissions section of the college catalog. Transfer students must meet with either the Academic Advisor for School of Health Professions, or the Director of the Massage Therapy program, to determine possible transfer credit, course waivers and substitutions.


The CCBC Massage Therapy Program will be the program of choice for students desiring to become exceptional massage therapy practitioners at an affordable cost and at the highest value.  This value is achieved through the expansion of knowledge and learning experiences within the curriculum and development of industry related partnerships and effective collaborations with other disciplines in community health environments.


The Massage Therapy Program at CCBC provides the highest quality education for our students.  We successfully educate and prepare our graduates to become highly qualified massage therapists who display advanced skills, professionalism, quality consumer and patient care, and can execute core principles of the body of knowledge for the profession.  Our unique and evolutionary coursework aims at preparing our students to be allied health care professionals that are able to work in interdisciplinary teams, and to become leaders in the community, helping to shape the future of the massage therapy profession.


Learning: We are committed to teaching our students the value of lifelong learning and the pursuit of excellence in all their professional endeavors.

Responsibility: We foster understanding of the great trust that our clients place in our graduates and ensure that respect, service, cultural competency, knowledge, and professionalism are at the core of all of our courses.

Integrity: We teach and maintain the highest ethical principles in relationships with our faculty, students, graduates and the community we prepare them to serve.

Health and Wellness: We teach, learn and practice holistic health recognizing that we are body, mind and spirit and that we thrive when in balance with ourselves, our family, our community and our world.