Central Arizona College is dedicated to providing students with an affordable, industry driven education in Massage Therapy. Our programs focus is to teach massage modalities to enhance health and wellness. People seek Massage Therapy for a variety of reasons- to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain and promote overall health and wellness.
Here at CAC, you will be studying to be a healthcare professional who provides massage therapy. The Massage Therapy AAS Degree includes 1140-hours of basic curriculum which prepares individuals for entry-level positions performing massage therapy in a variety of settings. With additional classes in general education and expanded medical courses, students may attain the AAS in Massage Therapy with a 735 -hour certificate. This program includes relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, massage therapy for special populations and spa treatments and hydrotherapy. Included in the program is a Chiropractic Assistant certification program. Additional topics include physiotherapy, body mechanics, acupuncture, anatomy, pathophysiology, business skills, and complementary and alternative medicine.
Central Arizona College has adopted a Guided Pathway model. The Massage Therapy program at Central Arizona College follows the Arizona Board of Massage Therapy guidelines. CAC requires all students on a Visa or students whose first language is not English to submit a passing score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Test prior to receiving director approval to pursue the Massage Therapy AAS degree. TOEFL examination results must be submitted prior to director approval.
Our curriculum prepares individuals for entry-level positions performing massage therapy in a variety of settings including resorts, day spas, clinics, health clubs, private offices and cruise ships. Most therapists work at an establishment also develop a private clientele.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,970 in 2012. Most recent growth in the profession has been in the area of moderately priced massage and in medical massage Demand is expected to grow 23% from 2012to 2022 (BLS).