Online Massage Therapy Courses at Accredited Schools

CDI College is effective at equipping students via its massage therapy courses to be successful licensed massage therapists, massage therapists, certified massage therapists, licensed massage practitioners, etc. and connect them to future employers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, at present there are 55,920 people employed as massage therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $39,780.

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Massage Therapy Courses at CDI College

Program Name: Advanced Massage Therapy
System Anatomy and Pathophysiology
Course Number SAPE
Credits 140.0

Each system of the body is studied by structure, function and potential diseases. The sciences merge together for a better understanding of the human conditions faced by the massage therapist today


Neuroanatomy and Pathophysiology
Course Number NPYE
Credits 130.0

Two complex control systems are examined in great detail. The course includes thorough coverage of nerves and nerve conduction, brain functions and reflexes as well as the hormonal influence of the endocrine system


Business and Law
Course Number BALE
Credits 40.0

To succeed in this highly competitive field, students must possess a good understanding of marketing and budget management. A business plan is prepared as part of the course. Laws that apply to the massage therapist are examined along with policies and contracts


Anatomy Palpation II
Course Number APBE
Credits 20.0

This is an extension of the Anatomy Palpation I course that accurately applies the broad knowledge of human anatomy. Palpation of everything within our scope of practice is done in this course to prepare students for the CMTO Registration Exams


Remedial Exercise II
Course Number REBE
Credits 40.0

A continuation of the exercises used in rehabilitation and prevention of injuries. Both theory and practical testing ensure students can safely assign homecare programs for clients


Clinical Assessment II
Course Number CABE
Credits 75.0

This course expands on health histories to develop appropriate assessments of all possible conditions massage therapy treats. Recognition of conditions outside of the scope of practice is also instructed. There is both a theory and practical component to this course


Ethics and Communications II
Course Number ET2E
Credits 50.0

This continuation of the first year course places an emphasis on critical decision-making. This will prepare students to handle ethical situations that might be encountered after graduation. Coverage includes an in-depth look at the laws that govern massage therapy and health professionals


Treatment Massage II / Hydrotherapy II
Course Number TM2E
Credits 350.0

Each treatment is studied in great detail and practiced on fellow students. Through a variety of references, students decide which techniques are most suited to the different treatments. Emphasis is placed on developing treatment plans with short and long-term goals in mind. Hydrotherapy II involves the practical application of skills learned in first year. It is a component of the Treatment Massage II course, ensuring students can easily incorporate hydrotherapy in each treatment. An advanced understanding of the safe application of cold, heat and contrast temperatures is expected from students


Advanced Massage Techniques
Course Number AMTE
Credits 100.0

Going beyond basic Swedish massage techniques is expected of the second year student and graduate. Largely a practical class with demonstration and practice of a great variety of complex techniques


Nutrition and Metabolism
Course Number NMME
Credits 35.0

An introduction to the body’s nutrient needs. Topics include vitamins and minerals, as well as diseases related to diet. As a health care worker, Massage Therapists are often asked for advice on weight loss and dietary supplements. This course enables the therapist to advise only and does not certify


Clinic Internship II
Course Number CI2E
Credits 100.0

Practical experience is gained throughout the second year in the school clinic. Students are responsible for all aspects of case management while under the supervision of a Registered Massage Therapist


Clinical Externship / Outreach
Course Number CEOE
Credits 50.0

Numerous outreaches are arranged and students select those that fit their interest and schedule. A wide range of opportunities is provided to expose students to as many practical situations as possible, including marathons, triathlons, tournaments, health care settings, wellness initiatives and health fairs as well as pregnancy and prenatal support


Field Placement
Course Number FPLE
Credits 20.0

Students arrange for placement in the setting of their choice. Each campus is associated with a number of clinics that foster student development. Students may make their own arrangements with approval from the Program Coordinator


Exam Preparation
Course Number EXPE
Credits 65.0

This course is designed to better prepare students to succeed at the CMTO Registration Exams. Early in the second year, strengths and weaknesses are determined through a series of Oral Practical Exams. Classes may then include: palpations and techniques; mini-treatments; treatment planning; assessments; remedial exercises or any other identified areas. Exams in December and March provide direction to the program and prepare students for final exams in early June


Final Examination
Course Number FEXE
Credits 25.0

This program has twenty-five hours dedicated to final comprehensive examinations


Program description: CDI College's Advanced Massage Therapy diploma program teaches you the advanced skills you need to compete for the best massage therapy jobs. Professional massage therapists specialize in relaxation, wellness and recovery.

A prerequisite for this diploma program requires successful completion of CDI College's Massage Therapy program, or equivalent, with prior learning assessment. The program begins by building on systems anatomy and remedial exercise, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, and anatomy palpation. Students will also learn about business and law as it pertains to massage therapy, as well as building their knowledge of industry ethics and professional communications.

Students gain hands-on experience through their required practicum placements. Graduates are encouraged to become registered with the Alberta Association of Massage Therapists and Holistic Practitioners and the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta.

Unlike many massage therapy schools, CDI College supports our graduates in finding employment after they have completed their program. Graduates will find employment in private clinics, hospitals, medical and rehabilitation centers, spas, fitness facilities, sports organizations, and may even work as self-employed massage therapists.

Program Name: Massage Therapy
Anatomy
Course Number ANTE
Credits 125.0

This course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy from the cell through to the organism. It includes extensive coverage of all aspects of growth and repair in addition to recognizing surface anatomy as it relates to the structures underneath.


Anatomy Palpation I
Course Number APAE
Credits 75.0

Using your hands to know the human frame by touch is the basis of this course. Bones, muscles and organs can all be assessed by touching and recording temperature, texture, tenderness and tone.


Clinical Assessment I
Course Number CAAE
Credits 75.0

Once an understanding of the human body’s normal function is established, students begin to assess for differences through special orthopaedic tests which enable them to develop a clinical impression of a condition.


Clinical Externship / Outreach
Course Number CEXE
Credits 30.0

Numerous outreaches are arranged and students select those that fit their interest and schedule. A wide range of opportunities is provided to expose students to as many practical situations as possible, including marathons, triathlons, tournaments, health care settings, wellness initiatives and health fairs as well as pregnancy and prenatal support.


Clinic Internship
Course Number CI1E
Credits 75.0

Weekly towards the end of the program, students will apply their acquired skills in the school clinic. Initially students bring friends or family and progress to treating the general public while being supervised by a Massage Therapist registered in the province of Alberta. Students perform assessments and treatments with guidance available at all times.


Ethics and Communications I
Course Number ETIE
Credits 50.0

Students learn the code of ethics that guides the profession. The standards of practice are complied with from the onset of studies and students apply these principles to all aspects of the program.


Hydrotherapy I
Course Number HYAE
Credits 50.0

Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms. Practical application and written theory on a variety of treatments are included in this course.


Introduction to Therapeutic Massage
Course Number ITME
Credits 25.0

This course provides an overview to the field of massage therapy focusing on some basic massage techniques, ethics, hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. It is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of where their studies will take them in this program and what is involved in the preparation to become a licensed or registered therapist.


Kinesiology
Course Number KSYE
Credits 25.0

The study of movement is introduced to aid in the understanding of joints, range of motion and muscle activity. Goniometry and anthropometry tapes are used to measure changes in motion and structural imbalance.


Massage Theory and Technique
Course Number MTTE
Credits 200.0

This course gives the student a foundation of Swedish massage techniques. Theory of the principles of massage are introduced. Largely a practical class where each student integrates their growing knowledge of human anatomy with hands on skills.


Physiology
Course Number PSYE
Credits 100.0

An introduction to functions in the body starting with basic chemistry and biochemistry. Building upon this base from cellular level to the level of the organism.


Pathology
Course Number PTYE
Credits 125.0

The focus of this course is the study of disease and anatomical abnormalities, and how the body responds and adapts to injury.


Remedial Exercise I
Course Number REAE
Credits 45.0

The basis of understanding what exercises are needed to rehabilitate and/or prevent injuries. Theory and practical testing prepare students to deliver fitness advice.


Treatment Massage I
Course Number TM1E
Credits 100.0

More common conditions are addressed in the first year so students are prepared to deal with what is seen most often in a clinic. All components of a relaxation massage are completed as well.


Career and Employment Strategies
Course Number CESE
Credits 25.0

his course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview.


Final Examination
Course Number FEXE
Credits 25.0

This program has twenty-five hours dedicated to final comprehensive examinations


Pharmacology
Course Number PHAE
Credits 25.0

This subject provides basic drug information including the basic pharmacological nature and effects of a range of psychoactive chemicals. Students will build knowledge relating drug treatments/usage to various body systems and associated states of disease.


Practicum
Course Number PRAC
Credits 100.0

This program includes a practicum component consisting of a specified number of weeks of work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum. The number of practicum hours varies between programs. To learn more about the specific practicum hours for a specific program, speak with an Admissions Representative.


Professional Skills
Course Number PSKE
Credits 25.0

This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.


Student Success Strategies
Course Number SSSE
Credits 25.0

This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.


Program description: This diploma program teaches fundamental massage skills such as hydrotherapy, palpation, remedial exercise, and patient assessment. Students learn different types of massage treatments, along with medical topics including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. Students will learn about professional topics such as industry ethics and professional communications.

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Program Name: Spa Therapy
Anatomy
Course Number ANTE
Credits 125.0

This course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy from the cell through to the organism. It includes extensive coverage of all aspects of growth and repair in addition to recognizing surface anatomy as it relates to the structures underneath.


Anatomy Palpation I
Course Number APAE
Credits 75.0

Using your hands to know the human frame by touch is the basis of this course. Bones, muscles and organs can all be assessed by touching and recording temperature, texture, tenderness and tone.


Clinical Assessment I
Course Number CAAE
Credits 75.0

Once an understanding of the human body’s normal function is established, students begin to assess for differences through special orthopaedic tests which enable them to develop a clinical impression of a condition.


Career and Employment Strategies
Course Number CESE
Credits 25.0

his course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview.


Clinical Externship / Outreach
Course Number CEOE
Credits 50.0

Numerous outreaches are arranged and students select those that fit their interest and schedule. A wide range of opportunities is provided to expose students to as many practical situations as possible, including marathons, triathlons, tournaments, health care settings, wellness initiatives and health fairs as well as pregnancy and prenatal support


Clinic Internship
Course Number CI1E
Credits 75.0

Weekly towards the end of the program, students will apply their acquired skills in the school clinic. Initially students bring friends or family and progress to treating the general public while being supervised by a Massage Therapist registered in the province of Alberta. Students perform assessments and treatments with guidance available at all times.


Ethics and Communications I
Course Number ETIE
Credits 50.0

Students learn the code of ethics that guides the profession. The standards of practice are complied with from the onset of studies and students apply these principles to all aspects of the program.


Final Examination
Course Number FEXE
Credits 25.0

This program has twenty-five hours dedicated to final comprehensive examinations


Hydrotherapy I
Course Number HYAE
Credits 50.0

Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms. Practical application and written theory on a variety of treatments are included in this course.


Introduction to Therapeutic Massage
Course Number ITME
Credits 25.0

This course provides an overview to the field of massage therapy focusing on some basic massage techniques, ethics, hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. It is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of where their studies will take them in this program and what is involved in the preparation to become a licensed or registered therapist.


Kinesiology
Course Number KSYE
Credits 25.0

The study of movement is introduced to aid in the understanding of joints, range of motion and muscle activity. Goniometry and anthropometry tapes are used to measure changes in motion and structural imbalance.


Massage Theory and Technique
Course Number MTTE
Credits 200.0

This course gives the student a foundation of Swedish massage techniques. Theory of the principles of massage are introduced. Largely a practical class where each student integrates their growing knowledge of human anatomy with hands on skills.


Pharmacology
Course Number PHAE
Credits 25.0

This subject provides basic drug information including the basic pharmacological nature and effects of a range of psychoactive chemicals. Students will build knowledge relating drug treatments/usage to various body systems and associated states of disease.


Practicum
Course Number PRAC
Credits 100.0

This program includes a practicum component consisting of a specified number of weeks of work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum. The number of practicum hours varies between programs. To learn more about the specific practicum hours for a specific program, speak with an Admissions Representative.


Professional Skills
Course Number PSKE
Credits 25.0

This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.


Physiology
Course Number PSYE
Credits 100.0

An introduction to functions in the body starting with basic chemistry and biochemistry. Building upon this base from cellular level to the level of the organism.


Pathology
Course Number PTYE
Credits 125.0

The focus of this course is the study of disease and anatomical abnormalities, and how the body responds and adapts to injury.


Remedial Exercise I
Course Number REAE
Credits 45.0

The basis of understanding what exercises are needed to rehabilitate and/or prevent injuries. Theory and practical testing prepare students to deliver fitness advice.


Student Success Strategies
Course Number SSSE
Credits 25.0

This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.


Treatment Massage I
Course Number TM1E
Credits 100.0

More common conditions are addressed in the first year so students are prepared to deal with what is seen most often in a clinic. All components of a relaxation massage are completed as well.


Program description: Spa therapy combines various techniques, including acupressure, shiatsu, stone therapy, aromatherapy, facial and skin treatment, and massage, in order to improve health and stimulate wellness. Spa therapy is offered at many resorts, medical spas, and wellness facilities to those who are recovering from illness or accidents, or for individuals who simply want to improve their health. Spa therapy techniques may be learned at specialized institutions offering massage therapy programs, through holistic health courses, or similar related areas of study. Spa therapy is growing in popularity, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20 percent increase in jobs for massage therapists by 2016.

Massage Therapy Courses by State & City

Top 20 US Massage Therapy Schools (campus and online)

University of Alaska Anchorage
Total Programs 151
Number of Subjects 134
Rank in USA 511th
Southeastern Institute-Jacksonville
Total Programs 0
Number of Subjects 6
Rank in USA 701st
Post University
Total Programs 51
Number of Subjects 254
Rank in USA 703rd
Casal Aveda Institute
Total Programs 4
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 723rd
Miami-Jacobs Career College
Total Programs 19
Number of Subjects 34
Rank in USA 732nd
Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 740th
USA Beauty School International
Total Programs 4
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 744th
Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy-Newington
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 4
Rank in USA 746th
Acupuncture and Massage College
Total Programs 3
Number of Subjects 5
Rank in USA 756th
Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 763rd
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Total Programs 4
Number of Subjects 9
Rank in USA 772nd
Nouvelle Institute
Total Programs 3
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 779th
Omaha School of Massage Therapy
Total Programs 4
Number of Subjects 8
Rank in USA 780th
Omega Institute
Total Programs 8
Number of Subjects 12
Rank in USA 797th
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee
Total Programs 28
Number of Subjects 37
Rank in USA 806th
Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale
Total Programs 36
Number of Subjects 56
Rank in USA 807th
American Career College
Total Programs 9
Number of Subjects 12
Rank in USA 808th
Lytles Redwood Empire Beauty College Inc
Total Programs 3
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 817th
Asian American International Beauty College
Total Programs 5
Number of Subjects 4
Rank in USA 825th
Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 3
Rank in USA 829th