Massage Therapist Program Overview

The Massage Therapy training program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to begin a successful career as a licensed massage therapist within the healthcare community. Students are prepared to work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional medical facilities.

The program offers a well-rounded curriculum that blends knowledge of therapeutic massage with the knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. The program focuses on practical experience offered in a fully equipped clinical setting and introduces a variety of specialized modalities.

Before graduating students practice massage within the student clinic. The student clinic is where the public can schedule appointments and students help develop treatment plans and execute massage techniques.

The program also includes the business skills necessary for the student to enter the field as an independent practitioner.

Types of Massage Covered

Therapeutic Massage

Swedish massage

Sports massage


Hot Stone Massage


Neuromuscular techniques

Pregnancy Massage

Massage for special needs

Course Listing

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathology for Massage
  • Massage Techniques I
  • Kinesiology
  • Myology
  • Massage Techniques II
  • Massage Clinic I
  • Massage Techniques III
  • Sports Massage
  • Massage Clinic II
  • Massage Principles and Practices

Experienced Instructors

All the instructors at Great Lakes have years of experience working in the field. In fact many instructors continue to work in the field while also teaching at Great Lakes.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We offer job placement assistance to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated. If you find yourself out of work years down the road, feel free contact our Career Services department for assistance.

Nationally Accredited School

Great Lakes is nationally accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In 2017, the last year eligible, Great Lakes was named a School of Excellence by ACCSC for rigorous adherence to their educational standards.

Massage Therapist Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of recent job placement sites where graduates of the program found employment.

Pennsylvania Licensure

The Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare the student for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Passing this exam is part of the requirements for licensure and employment in Pennsylvania. Applicants to the Massage Therapist program who wish to relocate are encouraged to research out-of-state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students who wish to apply for licensure in New York and other states may require additional coursework.

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Great Lakes By The Numbers

Over 50 Years Educating Residents of NWPA
Over 20,000 Students Educated

Financial Aid Available

We understand that furthering your education in pursuit of a new career is a costly investment. Great Lakes offers financial aid to those that qualify. Our dedicated financial aid advisors will cover all funding options with you, including grants, scholarships, state, and federal aid.