Massage Therapy

Curriculum for Massage Therapy Course (600 Clock Hours)

massage-therapy-11-150x150The curriculum for students enrolled in a massage therapy course shall consist of six hundred (600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of a massage therapist specialist. Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation means the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person.

Minimum Specified Practical Operations (Minimum number of Hands-on Practices needed):


Technical Instruction (Minimum Hours)


Additional training will be given in the following subjects matters

Salon management, communication skills, that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, decorum, record keeping, client service record cards, Preparing a resume, employment development, modeling, desk and reception, and care and other subjects relating to the field.

Massage Therapy Performance Objective

Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California establishment’s practices and understand procedures.
Acquire the knowledge of general theory relative to anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory relative to practical procedures and perform and acquire business management techniques common to massage therapists.

Potential Occupations after Completion

Massage Therapy Specialist, product representative and company demonstrator.

Skills to be Developed

Use of Proper implements relative to all massages procedures. Develop the knowledge to recognize the various skin conditions and disorders. Acquire knowledge of analyzing the hands and feet, prior to all services to determine any disorders.

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

Appreciate good workmanship common to massage therapists, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealing with patrons and colleagues.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 300 and 600 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be calculated with the following weights:

  1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade

Grading Scale


In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150% time frame.


Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Student shall have satisfactorily completed Theory and Operations with an average grade of “C” (70%) or better.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Massage Therapy with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers.

Licensing requirements

There are No Licensing Requirements in the state of California. Every city has an application process that varies from city to city. Massage Therapist certificate will be granted by California Massage Therapy Counsel (CAMTC) only after the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Massage Therapy course as described above and provided the Massage Therapy proof of Training.