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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 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 healthcare 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. In addition, there are 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 integrative therapies.

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

Programs of Study

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, MBLEx exam, and the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam.
  4. CSM is a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage (NCMTB)-approved school.
  5. CSM is an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) member school and an Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals member school.
  6. All of our faculty members have more than 10 years of experience practicing massage therapy.

Career Options

Students who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy can be employed in a variety of settings including chiropractic offices, rehabilitation clinics, long-term care, acute care facilities, health clubs, spas, salons, as well as private practice environments.

Therapeutic massage is quickly becoming an important component of healthcare as providers and patients are increasingly recognizing the value of complimentary and integrative medicine as a viable option for the prevention and treatment of certain health conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase twenty percent from 2006 to 2016.

Internships and Co-op Options

Legislation in Maryland precludes students from receiving remuneration from massage clients until they are fully licensed or registered. We provide our students with many opportunities to work with the public through a semester-long, student-run clinic, as well as service learning experiences and placement at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

For students who are already licensed in Maryland as a RMP who wish to complete the A.A.S. degree, an externship is possible to complete clinical hours that will apply toward graduation in the massage program.

Transfer Options

Through an articulation agreement, credit may be given for your course work completed at The Baltimore School of Massage and PMTI. These credits may be applied toward an A.A.S. in Massage Therapy.

For more information on transferring to a university or college, contact the College of Southern Maryland’s Transfer Services office.


Questions? Contact:

Tara McManaway
Massage Therapy Program Coordinator