Massage Therapy

DEGREE TYPE:   Certificate     CREDITS: 27    LOCATION: Austin    STARTS: Early Fall    COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters   

Why choose this program at Riverland?

Riverland Massage Therapy program is an Assigned School for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.

The Massage Therapist program prepares the graduate to operate a massage therapy clinic or be employed in another health care-related setting. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, enhance relaxation, reduce pain and increase mobility and flexibility. Massage Therapists can work in a clinic, hospital, private practice, health club and a variety of other work settings.

What will I study?

This well-balanced program integrates theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology along with developing professional communication skills. The graduate therapist is able to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal system, propose and implement a treatment plan and observe the client's response to treatment. Documentation is done to record muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, client response and the effects of stress on the body.

Our curriculum is diverse, teaching several types of massage and integrating the art and science of massage into the classroom some focus areas included stress reduction, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, reflexology, working with special populations, and other manual soft tissue techniques.

This program also focuses on building strong communication skills that enable graduates to interact appropriately, respectfully and professionally with clients.

What are my career options after graduating this program?

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 1,070 new Massage Therapists to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

For more information about Massage Therapists and job outlook, please visit

Sample Job Titles

  • Private massage business owner
  • Spa setting
  • Hospital setting
  • Hospice setting
  • Chiropractic office
  • Chair massage business

What facilities and resources will I be able to access?

The students have a variety of learning opportunities. Classroom time, hands on practice time with each other and later on the public. Class trips to a nursing home, cadaver lab and other chances to work with special populations. Guest speakers add to the learning process.

Work / Classroom Settings

The massage lab is private and blinds and shades prevent passers-by from observing the lab activities. Students will both give and receive massages with their classmates. In our program you will be required to disrobe in order to receive massages from your classmates. At all times the draping with sheets, robes, etc. will promote modesty and professional behavior.

Can I participate in any clubs, organizations or extracurricular activities?

Students are encouraged to look into organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB)

Where do Alumni work, and what titles do they hold?

Some alumni work in hospital settings as massage therapists.
Some work in salons as lead therapists. Many other alumni choose to be owners/operators in their own business.

Do you offer internships or opportunities for experiential learning?

Riverland students have to complete 100 hours of clinical experience with the public. They are also given opportunities to massage people at various locations.

Are there any special scholarships related to this program I can apply for?

Riverland offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

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Last Updated: March 5, 2018

Karla Caruso

Massage Therapy Instructor

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