Massage Therapy

Degree Type

Program offered in Lebanon & Keene

Massage Therapy: Healing Hands with Heart

The Massage Therapy Certificate program prepares graduates for rewarding careers as licensed massage therapists in private practice, hospitals, chiropractic offices, wellness centers, cruise ships, spas, resorts and fitness centers. The program, which can be completed in as little as 12 months or 24 months, prepares students to enter the field with a broad background and the ability to work with a diverse group of clients and health care providers. 

Massage Therapists are in demand! According to a US Department of Labor estimate*, employment for massage therapist is expected to increase by 26% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. In addition, it was reported that the median annual income for a massage therapist in 2010 (including tips and a 15 hour work week) was $39,860.


Our mission is to develop and advance the art, science and practice of massage therapy in a caring, professional and ethical manner.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Meet the college requirements of admissions.
  2. Complete the admission forms.
  3. Request transcripts from high school and/or college and have directly sent to RVCC.
  4. Schedule an interview with the Massage Therapy Program Director. (
  5. File for Financial Aid if applicable at:

Program Start Dates: Fall Semester

Internship Experiences for Real World Learning:

In the final semester of the program, the student meets with the Program Director to choose an internship site that aligns with future career goals. Under the supervision of a Licensed Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, Physician or other health care provider, the student gains valuable real world experience. (see page 81 to see a list of current internship sites)

Learning Expectation:

Knowledge translates to success. Therefore, a minimum grade of “C” on a 7 point scale (C=80%) is required to progress within the massage therapy program and to graduate. 

Associate Degree and Dual Degree options: 

There are several options for students to complete additional coursework to earn an Associate Degree along with the Massage Therapy Certificate. Some options include: General Studies, Liberal Arts, or dual majors with Occupational Therapy Assistant or Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Additional Information

Upon completion of the program, the student is responsible for completing First Aid and CPR certification and completing the application for the licensure exam and New Hampshire Massage Therapy License.

Certificate Program

Courses are offered in fall, spring and summer. You will work with the Program Director to design your learning experience. 


* All Massage Therapy courses have co/prerequisites. See course descriptions for requirements. 

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