Massage Therapy Program

Are you looking for a new career where you can help people in a meaningful way? The therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and bodywork are widely recognized. Documentation on the effects of massage show that it improves circulation can help heal sports injuries, alleviate stress, headaches and other aches and pains. Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues to aid in the general wellness of clients.

Community College of Philadelphia’s Massage Therapy program meets the Commonwealth’s requirements for massage therapy training and state licensure program. Students will gain the required knowledge and competencies necessary for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The MBLEx is governed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is designed to provide a standard examination for students of Massage for entry-level professional scope of practice in gaining licensure.

CCP’s Massage Therapy program provides 604 hours of in-class (didactic and clinical) instruction that meets the Pennsylvania State Laws and Requirements in the following areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology, including training in the human immunodeficiency virus and related risks
  • Massage therapy and bodywork assessment, theory and practice including sanitation, safety and hygiene
  • Professional ethics, business and law related to a massage therapy business
  • Required contact hours in related courses appropriate to a massage therapy curriculum including cardiopulmonary resuscitation

How long are classes? When are they held? 

This program will complete in 23 weeks (604 hours).

Fall classes are scheduled Monday - Friday and Spring classes are scheduled Monday-Friday (Jan. – April) and Monday-Thursday (May-June) from 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. (1-hour lunch). Additional clinical hours requires hands on practice that occurs outside of regularly scheduled class time and are not included in clock hours of the program. This will take place on designated days following the successful completion of Basic Massage training.

Job Outlook *

Employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028

Growth is much higher than the average for all occupations

Increase in demand for these services will lead to new openings

*U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment

  • Massage therapists work in array of settings, including spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels and fitness centers. Some massage therapists are self-employed.



  • Cost: $7,900 (Tuition: $7,500; Textbooks: $400)
    • Payment plan available
  • Uniforms (scrubs) are required and must be purchased prior to the course

    Can I Receive Financial Aid for this program?
    The Massage Therapy program is eligible for financial aid. Students who wish to apply for financial aid at Community College of Philadelphia need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA form is free, so there's no reason not to apply. 

    FAFSA is the required application for state, federal and institutional financial aid. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans. 

    When do I need to submit my FAFSA?
    If you are interested in the Spring 2021 class, please submit your 2020-21 FAFSA application now.  Visit the college’s Financial Aid page for additional steps to apply for financial aid.

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Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; have proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills), be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and have a clean criminal record (undergo a criminal background check; complete a child abuse history clearance), CPR Certification, and have a general physical examination including a a test for Tuberculosis

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of class.  All documentation listed above must be completed and copies emailed to by the registration deadline.
This course is limited to a maximum of 8 students.  If the course fills, contact us directly at to be added to the waitlist.

Email with questions or to request more information.

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Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees
Monday - Friday

Jan. 19 – April 5, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
April 6 – May 6, 2021; 9 a.m - 4 p.m.
(1 hour lunch break)

(No class March 8 - 12; or May 10 -13)


Monday - Thursday
May 17 – July 6, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
and July 7 & 8 – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(No class May 31 or July 5) 

To register: Complete the Massage Therapy registration form and email to

Northeast Regional Center

$7,900 (Tuition: $7,500, Textbooks: $400)

 Course Hours: 604 Hours 

 Please begin your FAFSA application now.