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The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being by using a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the body.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Therapeutic Massage

Develop a healing touch.

Prepare for a rewarding career.

The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being by using a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the body.

Career Facts

$37,180

Median salary for Massage Therapists

22%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$41,640

Median salary for Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides

View citations

Overview

Overview

In the Baker College Therapeutic Massage certificate program, you learn therapeutic massage techniques that are used in clinical settings. In addition to your classroom work and lab training, your studies include actual clinical work.

It’s a complete program, designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to begin a career focused on improving your clients’ overall health, flexibility, and mobility.

When you complete the program, you’ll be fully prepared to take any nationally recognized certification examination including the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) needed for state licensure.

Course Information

Course Information

Requirements50 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
INF 161

2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society 2
MSG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles and applications of Swedish Massage; along with a fundamental overview of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. Students will demonstrate the massage techniques utilized in Swedish Massage and be able to perform a full body massage. Students will develop a basic understanding of the major muscles of the human body and its skeletal system. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Massage Therapy I 4
MSG 102A

3 Quarter Hours

Broadens the student’s experience by introducing more advanced techniques utilized in massage therapy. Students will be acquainted with and understand the essential principles of these bodywork systems. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Massage Therapy II 3
MSG 111B

3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual surface muscles, muscle groups, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy of Movement I 3
MSG 112A

3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual deep muscles, muscle groups, nerves, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 111B.
Anatomy of Movement II 3
MSG 121A

3 Quarter Hours

Explores theories of the flow of energy. Students will be introduced to various energy-based modalities. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Energy-Based Massage Techniques 3
MSG 141A

3 Quarter Hours

Studies additional clinical issues that can be addressed by massage therapy techniques. This course offers a clinical approach to various areas of the body, addressing specific problems that cause pain and dysfunction. Critical thinking skills will be utilized in the assessment and care of musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A, B- or better in MSG 111B.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques 3
MSG 152

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the business marketing and ethical practices specifically encountered by massage therapists in the profession. Students will explore and determine the issues and solutions that will enhance success in their own future professional career. Explores various unique ethical issues typically encountered in therapeutic massage practice. Appropriate personal, professional, social, and client relationships will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A.
Business and Ethics for Massage Therapists 4
MSG 171A

3 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles, rationale, and application of professional documentation for the field of therapeutic massage. Legal aspects of proper documentation and effective communication skills with other healthcare professionals will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Documentation for Therapeutic Massage 3
MSG 211C

3 Quarter Hours

Examines pathologies and common drug interactions that massage therapists encounter in professional practice.

Pathology and Pharmacology for Therapeutic Massage 3
MSG 220A

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to the practice of therapeutic massage. Students will develop and practice the techniques they have learned by performing 20 complete massage therapy sessions on actual volunteer clients throughout the 40 hours of this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A, B- or better in MSG 171A, B- or better in MSG 211C and student background check.
Therapeutic Massage Lab I 2
MSG 221B

2 Quarter Hours

Expands upon the principles introduced in Therapeutic Massage Lab I. Students will demonstrate more advanced assessment skills. This course continues the use of 30 volunteer clients within the learning process. Students will be supervised by instructors as they work throughout their 40 hours of work.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 220A.
Therapeutic Massage Lab II 2
MSG 231C

2 Quarter Hours

Review materials to prepare students for a nationally recognized licensing examination. This course is intended to evaluate student’s preparedness for licensing examination.

Preparation for Licensure Examination 2
SCI 100F

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 50
Program Description

Program Description

Prepares students to enter the field of massage therapy. This 600 contact hour program focuses on therapeutic massage techniques used in a clinical setting. Graduates will be prepared and eligible to take nationally recognized licensure examination.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
COMTA is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015. Phone (202) 895-1518, Fax (202) 895-1519; info@comta.org or www.comta.org

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Dr. Dana Anderson, DC

Dixie Ault
Baker College

Dr. Melinda Benn, LPN, DC
Mindful Healing Hands Center

Jodie Cuneaz
Baker College

Geoffrey Gruenberg
Baker College

Dr. Tera Hamo-Anderson

Dr. Candace Johnson
Baker College

Julie Kordyzon, BS, CMT

Robert Martin
Baker College

Mary Mullally

Cassy Neitzke, CMT

Stephany Papoff
Power of Touch

Troy Prince, Ph.D
ABC back and Neck Care

Lois Schurig, RN, BSN, MSA
Baker College

Kathy Smith, CMT

Valerie Southall
Hurley Medical Center

C. Jane Starzyk
Baker College

Dr. Mary Ann Thayer
Baker College

Shawna Walker
ABC Back and Neck Care

Regina Waller
Hurley Medical Center

Patricia Willmarth
Baker College

Laura Zuck
Baker College

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FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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