Massage Therapy student massages a patient's leg

Massage Therapy FAQ's

Below are our frequently asked questions and answers about our massage therapy program. To request more information please reach out our program coordinator, Tara McManaway, at 301-934-7897 or TMcmanaway@csmd.edu.

How long does it take to finish the Associates in Applied Science in Massage Therapy?

The AAS in Massage Therapy takes 22 months which includes enrollment is summer sessions, fall, and spring. MAS Classes typically meet 3 times a week. Classes are offered evenings, and days. A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Part-time enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

How long does it take to finish the Certificate of Massage Therapy?

The Certificate in Therapeutic Massage requires 17 months of year round enrollment, MAS Classes typically meet 3 times a week. Classes are offered evenings and days. Certificate students complete English 1010 and all MAS/HTH required classes in the AAS. A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Parttime enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

When does the program start?

Students should plan to start their courses in the summer and continue enrollment in the fall and spring for full time enrollment. A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Parttime enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

Are there any pre-requisites to starting the program?

Yes, Students must apply to the College of Southern and earn a score on the Reading Placement test at Reading 0800 level or have evidence of college credits in English 1010 or the equivalent. Mas 1001 Introduction to Massage must be completed with a C or better before the student enrolls in the Fall start of the program.

Physicals, vaccinations, background checks and drug screens are also required before entry into MAS 1015.

I work and have a family. Can I complete the program on a parttime basis?

Yes, student can carefully plan to take classes over 3 or 4 years. Just be careful to complete all courses in sequence. A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Part-time enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

I missed taking Introduction to Massage before the fall semester. Can I take both classes at the same time?

No, the MAS 1001 course is a Pre-requisite introductory course that must be completed before any of the other MAS program courses. If you missed the Fall start of the program, a suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Parttime enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

Do I have to have all my health information and background check competed before I can enroll in MAS 1001- Introduction to Massage?

Physicals, vaccinations, background checks and drug screens are required before entry into MAS 1015- Massage 1. Uniforms purchases are made at that time as well. This information is explained in detail as you complete MAS 1001 and before you enroll in Mas 1015.

When can I start the program?

The AAS and Certificate in Massage cohorts start each fall. You must take Introduction to massage at before you want to start the program. If you miss the fall start, you can still begin to take pre and co-requisite courses before the next fall start. A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or part-time enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.

How is your program different from other massage programs in the state?

The AAS in Massage Therapy provides massage curriculum that addresses massage through the lifespan from birth to end of life. Since 2002, CSM Massage Program has been providing massage training in clinical settings some of those setting currently include Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, SagePoint Rehabilitation Center and Children’s National Medical Center. We use high fidelity and inter-professional simulations to prepare students for clinical rotations in multiple settings. An on campus student run clinic provides students with experience working in a private practice and employment settings.

All of the credits earned are Middle States accredited college credits and can be transferred into several Bachelor of Science Programs in Health Sciences.

The AAS in Massage Therapy meets the Maryland Board of Massage Examiners qualifications for Licensed Massage Therapist status. With a 100% pass rate on all licensing exams, you are prepared to pass the exam as soon as you graduate.

The Certificate in Massage Therapy meets the Maryland Board of Massage Examiners qualifications for Registered Massage Practitioner status. With a 100% pass rate on all licensing exams, you are prepared to pass the exam as soon as you graduate.

What can I do with a Certificate of Therapeutic Massage?

The Certificate in Massage Therapy provides 795 contact hours in massage, and earns 38 credits which meets the Maryland Board of Massage Examiners qualifications for Registered Massage Practitioner status. In Maryland, RMPs which are individuals with basic massage qualifications may serve as practitioners of massage in non-healthcare settings such as private massage practice, health clubs, fitness centers, sports teams, spas, resorts, salons, and cruise ships providing in wellness and condition management.

What can I do with an AAS in Massage Therapy?

Those individuals who pursue an associate’s degree in massage have more doors open to them. As a result, the career path of licensed massage therapists is open to settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, wellness centers, nursing homes, hospices, chiropractic offices in addition to 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 massage as an integrative allied health therapy.

How much does it cost to complete the AAS in Massage Therapy?

CSM can save you money, and a long commute to private massage schools in the region. The Massage Program is designated a statewide Health care shortage program so tuition is calculated as in-county no matter where in Maryland you live.

Tuition and fees can be found here: www.csmd.edu/costs-aid/credit-costs-aid/.

Costs may vary depending on what courses you are able to transfer in to the program and college.

Students take an average of 12 credits per semester in the Fall and Spring and 6 credits in the summer. Calculate your tuition for each semester here: www.csmd.edu/costs-aid/credit-costs-aid/tuition-and-fees/Tuition-Calculator/.

Books and other course costs may vary per semester and are often available used and discounted in the usual places. Students will need a uniform shirt, pants and shoes as well as on set of twin sheets. These requirements adjust depending on the course. Students also must receive two massages outside of the college as part of learning assignments each semester. This is not included in tuition, but discounts can be found for these as well. These costs are thousands less compared to private massage schools in the region.

A suggested sequence of courses is available from the Program Coordinator which include a Recommended Sequence Missed Fall start or Parttime enrollment, and Veteran Friendly enrollment guides for the Massage AAS.