Allied Health - Massage Therapy & Bodywork

Allied Health - Massage Therapy & Bodywork

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

  • Certificate

Program Advisor: Judy Gawron, 413-236-4604. The Massage Therapy & Bodywork (MBW) certificate program prepares students to become Massachusetts State Licensed Massage Therapists with the skills and knowledge to provide effective relaxation and wellness massage. Graduates are prepared to enter the healthcare field in various settings, including private practice. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Potential students who have met all admission requirements are accepted into the program on a space available basis at any time. Applicants who do not initially meet the requirements may take courses to become eligible by enrolling in BCC's Liberal Arts Pre-Bodywork & Massage program. The sequence of courses begins in the fall semester. Admission requirements include: documentation of high school graduation or GED; completion of ENG020 and ENG060, if applicable; completion of college biology (BIO 105 or 101) with a "C" or better within five years; documentation that the student has received one type of bodywork within the last two years. Upon completion of all admission requirements, students wishing to enter the program must complete a matriculation form (click on this link for a printable form). EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be able to: demonstrate current academic, clinical and holistic skills necessary for the professional practice of therapeutic relaxation massage; integrate college level knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology while organizing safe and effective therapeutic relaxation massages; maintain professional, ethical, and client-centered communication with peers, faculty, clients, and other healthcare professionals; identify various successful business practice strategies for massage therapists; recognize appropriate strategies for self-care and professional life-long learning; apply current research to organizing and implementing therapeutic relaxation massage.

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Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program
credits and the additional requirements shown below.


29 Credits

AHS 101

Intro to Complementary Care & Alternate Med


AHS 131

Orientation to Musculoskeletal System


AHS 230



BIO 150

Intro to the Human Body


AHS 162

Applied Visceral Anatomy


COM 104

ENG 101

Intro to Interpersonal Communication

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