Massage Therapy


Professor Tara McManaway
Program Coordinator, 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 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 and the Basic and Advanced Certificates are approved by the Maryland Board of Higher Education and accepted by the Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners.

Programs of Study

Points of Distinction

  1. The Certificate in Therapeutic Massage can be completed in 17 months. The AAS in Massage Therapy can be completed in 22 months.
  2. CSM graduates’ passing test scores exceed the state and national average scores on the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage.
  3. CSM massage AAS and Certificate Graduates have maintained an 100% pass rate for all entry level licensing exams including the MBLEx exam, the NCBTM, and the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam since 2008.
  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 are experienced Licensed Massage Therapists.

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 an important component of physical and psychological wellness, prevention, condition management, and recovery throughout the lifespan.  Providers and patients recognize the value of integrative health care as a viable option for the prevention and treatment of certain health conditions from infancy to aging adults.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massage therapy is listed as one of the fastest growing occupations.Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 26.3% from 2016 to 2026. Source:


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 clients in wellness, condition management throughout the lifespan through a semester-long, student-run clinics, as well as service learning experiences. Clinical rotations in approved clinical health settings which may include Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Sagepoint, and Children’s National Medical Center are a vital part of training for massage in healthcare settings.

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, students may apply their credits to Bachelor degrees in Health Sciences. Consult with Transfer Services for an updated list of programs and opportunities.

Our Mission

  • To recruit, retain and graduate skilled entry level practitioners of therapeutic massage who promote compassionate and wholeness in themselves, clients, and society.
  • To instill in students and graduates a focus on the unity of the whole person in the practice of massage.
  • To ignite a commitment to life-long learning and self-exploration in the fields of wellness, massage therapy, and integrative health practices.
  • To graduate individuals who are prepared to meet the present and future needs of the wellness, prevention, and health care community through the life span and who are prepared to work in successfully in any employment venue.
  • And, to foster a commitment to continue to give back to their community and profession by participation in community, volunteer, and massage association activities