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Massage Therapy

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Diploma


Massage is an ancient healing art that is now used to enhance the health and well-being of individuals of all ages. The massage therapist is prepared to use the principles and techniques of massage to provide therapeutic procedures in a practical situation. Mastery of these skills develop with practice and continued learning. The massage therapist will have a deeper understanding of the specialty areas of massage with a heavy emphasis on anatomy and physiology.

The Massage Therapy program prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings. Employment opportunities include private practice, hospitals, chiropractic offices, health clubs, spas, salons, pain management centers and in sports medicine. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, ethics and law, and principles of relaxation massage. The program contains classroom, lab and clinical experience.

Graduates of this program take one of two licensing exams. Once successfully completed, national exam results are used to assist in the Iowa licensure process.

Massage Therapy

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, program applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Applicants must complete a basic skills assessment in reading and meet the minimum entrance requirements prior to being accepted into the program. A skill developing activity is available at no cost if you do not meet the minimum requirements on the first testing.

Northeast Iowa Community College has contracted the services of Certified Background Inc. to conduct and review your background check and drug screen. You will need to submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:

  • Current CPR and First-Aid certified by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or the National Safety Council.
  • Child and Dependent Adult Abuse authorization forms

A positive report on the criminal, dependent adult abuse, child abuse background screening or drug screen may prevent you from acceptance into the laboratory and completion of the program. Random drug screens will be conducted on students while enrolled in the program.

Students must be aware of the physical demands during the laboratory portion of the program.  Daily activities require bending, stooping, reaching, squatting, pushing and pulling in all directions.

Massage Therapy

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 36.5

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BCA:112 Intro to Data Processing OR 3.0
BCA:212 Computer Business Applications 3.0
BIO:165 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BIO:167 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1.0
MST:120 Kinesiology 4.0
MST:127 Massage I 5.0
MST:162 Legal and Ethical Issues in Massage Practice 2.0


Term 2
BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0
BIO:172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MST:111 Pathology 3.0
MST:129 Massage II 3.0
MST:154 Deep Tissue Massage 2.0
MST:251 Massage Therapy Practical Skills I 1.5
MST:252 Massage Therapy Practical Skills II 1.0
MST:259 Massage Therapy Comprehensive Review 1.0

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

Massage Therapy

Employment Information:

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$19,299 - $31,354

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Day Spring Spa, Decorah, IA
Indigo Sky Massage, Waterville, IA
Massage Envy, Rochester, MN

Sample Job Titles

Licensed Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy

Additional Information:

The Massage Therapy program provides a student-run clinic from January to June each year.


Patsy Martinson
Program Faculty
800.728.2256, ext. 260