College of Southern Maryland
Health Sciences Division: Massage Therapy
Embarking on a massage therapy career path is both challenging and gratifying. Massage therapists provide a valuable service as proponents of holistic wellness and as members of healthcare teams. We, in the Massage Therapy Program within the Health Sciences Division are excited by and applaud your decision to pursue career training in the ancient healing art of Massage Therapy. The demands of the training and of practice are high, but so are the rewards and sense of personal satisfaction.

The growth in the field of the Therapeutic Massage profession has been exceptional in this country and around the world. Maryland has declared licensed massage therapists as recognized partners in the heathcare team. It has established a two-tier system in which individuals with basic massage qualifications may serve as practitioners of massage in non-healthcare settings. Those individuals who pursue an associate’s degree or higher in addition to their massage training have more doors open to them. As a result, the career path of licensed massage therapists is open to new settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, wellness centers, nursing homes, hospices, chiropractic offices, as well as the practice areas limited to registered massage practitioners such as private massage practice, health clubs, fitness centers, sports teams, spas, resorts, salons and cruise ships. The field is expanding as more and more people become acquainted with complementary and alternative therapies.

This two-year program is approved by the Maryland Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners.

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Points of Distinction
  1. Students who graduate will have earned more than 1,000 contact hours of study

  2. CSM graduates’ passing test scores exceed the state and national average scores on the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage

  3. CSM has enjoyed a near perfect pass rate for both the NCBTM exam and the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam

  4. CSM is an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) member school.

  5. All of our faculty members have more than 10 years of experience practicing massage therapy
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