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Get the Skills to Be a Professional Massage Therapist

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It’s possible to have a fulfilling career helping others feel better while earning a good income. IntelliTec can get you there in 9 months

9 Month* Hands-On Massage Therapy Program in Colorado and New Mexico

Feel you’ve got a hidden gift for helping others heal, a gift that just needs to be brought to the surface and developed?

Learn hands-on Massage Therapy techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce  stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, as well as many other benefits.

Next Start Date: Jul 1stMassage Therapy IntelliTec College - Albuquerque 4575 San Mateo Blvd NE - Suite K Albuquerque NM USA 87109 Want to help others by putting your hands to work? Develop a rewarding career that helps people relax, reduce stress and heal from injury. The Massage Therapy program at IntelliTec College can set you up for all that in 9 months*. College

Massage Therapy

$46,910 median annual salary***

  • Anticipated job growth, 11% (2021-2031)
  • Graduates hired by spas, hospitals, fitness centers, or are self-employed
  • 2 Certifications options (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX) & CPR Certification)
  • Advance and grow your practice in areas that interest you, such as rehabilitation, energy work, reflexology and more!

*** visited on Nov.28 2022. Salary source for massage therapists with lowest 10% earning $24,450. to the highest 10% of workers earning $77,600.

What Does a Massage Therapist Do?

Massage Therapists treat clients through touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in general wellness. In addition, many Massage Therapists talk with clients about medical history and desired results, evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body and may suggest personal treatment plans for their clients.

IntelliTec College‘s Grand Junction Campus has been ranked as one of the Top Massage Schools in Colorado for 2020. This recognition shows the impact of quality training and support students receive at IntelliTec turns into rewarding careers after graduation.

Job Opportunities in Massage Therapy

Certified Massage Therapists can find employment in the following settings:

  • Day and Health Spas or Beauty Salons
  • Health Clinics
  • Vacation Resorts, Cruise Ships and Retreat Centers
  • Fitness Centers and Yoga Centers
  • Sports Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Physical Therapist Offices
  • and more!

IntelliTec assisted me in reaching my career goals by giving me the knowledge and the ability to apply said knowledge to Massage Therapy, and starting my own business.
Laura Jimison, IntelliTec Massage Therapy Program Graduate - Pueblo Campus, September 2018

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Salary Potential for Massage Therapists

IntelliTec College provides career-training programs for entry-level positions. Salaries vary depending on geographic location, economic conditions, and willingness to relocate. Salaries by occupation and specific location can be found on the O*NET website. National figures for labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can also visit the campus career services department to learn where IntelliTec College graduates work and the beginning salaries in their respective careers.

How Is the Job Outlook for the Next 10 Years?

According to the US Department of Labor, continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists. As an increasing number of states adopt licensing requirements and standards for therapists, the practice of massage is likely to be respected and accepted by more people as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness.

When Do Massage Therapists Usually Work?

Massage therapists work by appointment in most cases and their schedule and the number of hours worked each week vary significantly. In addition, because of the strength and endurance needed to give a massage, many therapists limit their daily massage service hours.

Get All the Important Details

    Massage Therapy Certificate

    Graduates will:

    • Develop massage therapy skills through hands on applications in and out of the classroom and lab setting.
    • Complete the program with the necessary skills to perform Swedish, Therapeutic, and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy, Massage techniques for specific injuries, detailed client assessments, session documentation, and treatment planning.
    • Gain knowledge about the various work options Massage Therapists have in the Industry including working as an employee or in an Independent practice, and how to market themselves and their practice.
    • Combine knowledge and hands-on practice to be prepared to sit for their Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX), which is necessary for obtaining their Massage Therapy license in the State of Colorado and New Mexico. Graduates will also have enough contact hours to register to be Certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).


    Program length: 9 Months*

    Award: Certificate

    Contact hours: 750

    Credentialing Information:  Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX) 

    Our Massage Therapy classes will provide you with these current industry skills and techniques to help you design client therapy plans:

    • Massage for special populations such as sports and prenatal
    • Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hydrotherapy and Spa services
    • Hot & cold stone massage
    • Advanced massage techniques including deep tissue and myofascial release
    • Client assessment, treatment planning, and documentation
    • Building & marketing a massage business
    • Advanced client intake including pathology screening and SOAP charting
    • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology Kinesiology including palpation skills


    Here’s what you will learn in the Massage Therapy program:

    Swedish Massage Techniques & Ethics

    MT-105 Swedish Massage Techniques & Ethics

    This course will cover the history of massage, fundamental massage techniques including effleurage, petrissage, elongation stokes, draining, cross fiber friction, and seated chair massage. Proper body mechanics and self-care techniques, massage equipment, sanitation, hygiene, and safety will also be covered. Client assessment, treatment planning and documentation is covered along with professional communication and ethics. Students will begin preparations for the massage licensing exam that is required to practice Massage Therapy in most states.

    Contact Hours: 120
    Prerequisite(s): None


    MT-115 Kinesiology

    This course will teach students basic kinesiology terminology, an overview of the skeletal system, an overview of how the muscular system works, how to properly palpate, and how to use bony palpation as landmarks for finding muscles. The muscular system will be covered in depth; students will learn the attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and treatment considerations for the skeletal muscles. Students should develop their palpation skills and be able to properly identify bones, bony landmarks, muscles and their origin and insertions. Students will utilize basic elongation strokes to begin in their understanding of how to properly apply massage techniques to the muscles from attachment to attachment. Students will begin preparations for the massage licensing exam that is required to practice Massage Therapy in most states.

    Contact Hours: 120
    Prerequisite(s): None

    Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, and Advanced Charting

    MT-130 Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, and Advanced Charting

    This course will introduce students to the systems of the body and various pathologies that are associated with those systems. The systems covered include Integumentary, Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Reproductive, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Nervous, Digestive, Skeletal, and Muscular system. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify pathologies through observation and client intake, in order to determine if the client is indicated or contraindicated for massage. Students will gain experience in SOAP charting and assessment skills focusing on body posture and gait. Students will take a BLS CPR class and earn their CPR certification within this course.

    Contact Hours: 120
    Prerequisite(s): CCR-100

    College and Career Readiness

    CCR – 100 College and Career Readiness

    College and Career Readiness is the first six-week course designed to prepare students for Career Training Success. Classes meet 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Class times available are either 9:00am – 2:00pm for day time students and 5:00pm – 10:00pm for night time students.

    Credit Hours: 120
    Prerequisite(s): None

    Therapeutic Deep Tissue Techniques

    MT-155 Therapeutic Deep Tissue Techniques

    This course will cover advanced massage techniques including assessment, treatment planning, and documentation, myofascial release, connective tissue release, deep tissue massage, proprioception and neuromuscular approaches including trigger point therapy. Musculoskeletal injury and massage and massage for chronic pain conditions will be covered. Students will continue preparations for the licensing exam that is required to practice massage in most states.

    Credit Hours: 120
    Prerequisite(s): MT-105, MT-115, MT-130

    Clinical Massage and Marketing

    MT-180 Clinical Massage and Marketing

    Marketing, advertising, business design, client interactions, promotional development, portfolio design, interview preparation, career planning, and communication will all be covered. Outside clientele will be seen in the clinic and students are responsible for booking appointments, conducting client intake, providing services, record keeping office duties, goal setting and business tasks. Students will finalize preparations for the licensing exam that is required to practice Massage Therapy in most states.

    Credit Hours: 150
    Prerequisite(s): MT-105, MT-115, MT-130, MT-150, MT-155

    Massage Therapist Board Certifications

    Students may receive the opportunity to sit for the following certifications:

    • Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
    • CPR Certification

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    Massage Clinic

    Students will practice what they have learned in class and refine their skills on actual clients in the student clinics offered at each campus during the last term. In addition to providing massage services, they will book appointments, conduct client intakes, maintain records, complete office duties, set goals, and complete additional business tasks. Student Clinic hours vary by campus, to learn more visit our clinic page or talk to your local campus.

    Is a Rewarding Career in Massage Therapy Right for You?
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    If you’re interested in exploring whether IntelliTec College’s educational training programs for career opportunities in Massage Therapy are right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

    A helpful IntelliTec College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.

    *Program length when completed as designed.