Program Overview

This Certificate of Achievement in Massage Therapy, which can be completed in two semesters, is designed to provide students, the general population and professionals alike with the well-rounded entry level knowledge, skills, and academic depth necessary for massage therapy positions in a variety of settings. Through completion of this 600-hour program, students will have met the minimum 500 hours of training and practice required to be eligible to take the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam), which upon passing, allows students to apply for candidacy to attain certification through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). Students can further pursue areas of interest and specialization for advanced certificates associated with holistic, complementary, alternative and integrative medicine in a variety of therapies and modalities. Visit the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) website for more information at .

Skyline College's Massage Therapy Program is approved by:

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 669-5336


Admission to the Massage Therapy Certificate program is by special application only. Students are admitted into the program once a year in the Fall semester. Massage Therapy Certificate Program applications and supporting documents (FAQ and resource sheet) are available online through the Wellness page on the College website. Applications are not considered for acceptance until all documents have been completed, received, and accepted by faculty at the address listed on the application. All required elements must be submitted before final (permanent) program entrance is granted. Applications are accepted throughout the year until positions are filled. Additional qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
Admission to the Massage Therapy Program requires the following:

  1. Completed Skyline College application/enrollment processes
  2. Completed Massage Therapy Program special application, including submission of transcripts indicating com pletion of EMC 425 or equivalent, or a copy of a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card listing the applicant's name and certification expiration date (online CPR training is not accepted); and proof of freedom from tuberculosis as established in the 6 months prior to application (negative ppd test result or positive ppd result plus physician's statement guaranteeing clear chest x-ray).
  3. Completion of and acceptance of results from an online background check (specific check required: background check ordering information is provided when special application is submitted).

It is recommended that students are eligible for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. If a candidate has been convicted of a crime, he or she should contact the California Massage Therapy Council regarding eligibility for certification.

For gainful employment information, see this program’s gainful employment website.

Massage Therapy (CA) Requirements

Required Courses: Units
WELL 700 Massage Theory and Practice I 3 units
WELL 703 Holistic Health Science 3 units
WELL 704 Massage Techniques and Clinical/Spa Experience 3 units
WELL 705 Massage Theory and Practice II 3 units
WELL 708 Pathology and Pharmacology for Massage Therapists 3 units
WELL 710 Clinical Kinesiology and Applied Biomechanics for Manual Therapy 3 units
WELL 711 Sports Medicine and Manual Therapy 3 units
WELL 713 Asian Bodywork Traditions Theory and Practice 3 units
WELL 714 Massage Therapy Exam Preparation 2 units
WELL 725 Introduction to Consciousness, Intent and Meditation 3 units
WELL 740 Conscious Eating: A Sustainable Approach to Health and Healing 3 units
Total Required Units: 32

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.