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Massage Technician - 600 Clock Hours

Kingston University offers a Certificate program in Massage Technician 600-hour Program (MT600 Program) in addition to academic degrees at the Associate Degree level in Massage Therapy options, the Associate in Health Science, Massage Therapy Option and the Associate in Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy Option (please refer to the Undergraduate Programs of the Catalog for detail).



Students may complete the Massage Technician 600 Hours Program in thirty weeks. The program provides students with extensive training in a broad spectrum of massage skills and advanced knowledge needed to practice massage in most jurisdictions requiring a minimum of 500 hours of training for licensure as a massage therapist.  Students should note the certification or licensure requirements, if any, of the state or jurisdiction as part of the consideration prior to enrolling in the program. Please refer to the State Licensure or Certification Requirement section below for information.

Kingston University is an Assigned School (Code: 490019-05) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB). Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx), which may be required by some state licensing.

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Program Objectives
Through the MT600 Program, the student will build professional skills in Swedish Massage, Sports
Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Trigger Points massage, Chair Massage, Reflexology,
Lymph Drainage therapy and understand Oriental massage theory. At the completion of the program,
the student will be able to
1. Know the theories, concepts and knowledge of human body, biomechanics, and massage
2. Know assessment and identify indications and contraindications of massage modalities.
3. Demonstrate massage techniques for therapeutic benefits within the professional and legal
4. Communicate with clients and other healthcare professionals by utilizing professional
5. Recognize the practice of massage therapy for the community wellbeing
6. Plan for career pathways and business options with ethical practice
7. Prolong professional career with proper self-care practice
8. Sit for standardized certification or licensure examinations which cover contents similar to the
training program completed
The study scheme of the 600-hour training program is outlined below:
Course No. Course Title Contact Clock Hour
MT1000 Introduction to Massage Therapy 30
MT1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20
MT2000 Human Body System, Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology 125
MT2010 Pathology 40
MT2020 Assessment for Bodywork 20
MT1110 Swedish Massage 70
MT1150 Chair Massage and Reflexology 40
MT2130 Sports Massage 60
MT2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 70
MT2160 Lymph Drainage 30
MT1180 Aromatherapy and Application 15
AC1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20
MT2500 Massage Practicum 60
  TOTAL 600
* To be taken at Red Cross or an institution approved by Kingston University
Licensure Requirement


Massage Therapists must abide by the current regulations to become certified or licensed within the state/jurisdiction. Among the common regulation requirements, most state or jurisdiction require therapist applicants to complete the minimum training hours and program content required by each state or jurisdiction for certification of licensure, and pass a licensure or certification exam. The state may administer its own exam or accept official score transcript from a standardized licensure or certification exam such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of state Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and the Board Certification Exam administered by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB).  Upon completing the Massage Technician 600- Hours program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the state licensure exam, Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) and the Board Certification Exam administered by NCBTMB.
Students should note the minimum training hours and program content required for licensure or certification by the state or jurisdiction where they will seek practice or employment opportunities prior to their enrollment in a massage therapy training program.
Currently, there is no licensure requirement in California to practice massage therapy. California law provides for the voluntary certification of massage professionals by California Massage Therapy Council who meet the requirements in the California State Law. Certification is voluntary. CAMTC Certification is not required by State Law in order for a massage professional to practice their profession in the State. However, some cities and counties locally require CAMTC Certification for massage professionals. The City of Pasadena does not require massage therapists to be certified by CAMTC. Kingston University’s massage therapy programs are yet to be approved by CAMTC.

Program Approval
  • Kingston University is an Assigned School (Code: 490019-05) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB). Graduates of the Massage Technician 600 hours Program will be eligible to sit for the Certification Exam. Further information can be obtained by contacting NCBTMB listed below:

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks
1901 South Meyers Road, Suite 240
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: (630) 627-8000
Website: www.ncbtmb.org

  • Kingston is a school member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
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Career Options
Upon completion of the courses, a student will be prepared to enter the massage therapist job market in the fields of, but not limited to, the following areas:  chiropractic, physical therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, health spas, hotels, beauty salons, medical, private practice/free lancing, sports medicine, or education.


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