The 52 credit / 617-credit hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program meets the local City of San Diego educational requirements of 500 hours of training to become a licensed Massage Therapist and the California Certified Massage Therapist educational requirements. It provides a basic well-rounded education in hands-on bodywork techniques most commonly expected by employers and the general public.
Students must complete the prerequisite Essentials of Massage and Bodywork course (10 credit units / 120 credit hours) before starting this program. Courses in this program include the Contemporary Methods of Massage & Bodywork, which expands on the basic information presented in the Essentials course, and introduces Asian Healing Arts and Clinical experience into the training. College level anatomy, physiology and pathology, client communications, business practices and ethics, an introduction to the advanced pain management techniques of Neuromuscular Therapy, additional study of Asian Healing Arts, and elective massage and movement classes are also included in the Massage Therapy program curriculum.
In addition, the program addresses the subjects covered in the National Certification Exam administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), a requirement for local licensure and highly recommended for individuals in the field of massage.
Massage Therapist Program Objectives
Learn what you can expect with your Massage Therapist training
- To provide a basic, well-rounded education in eastern and western hands-on bodywork, experiential learning, and somatic awareness from a mind/body/spirit approach that prepares graduates for a professional and effective practice.
- To provide graduates with a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology and an introduction to business practices, including marketing, finances, legal issues, and business planning.
- To provide the necessary training to become a licensed massage therapist in the City of San Diego and a Certified Massage Therapist in the state of California and to qualify graduates to sit for the National Certification Exam administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
- To provide graduates with the tools to effectively communicate with their clients, assess client needs, and design safe, effective sessions.
- To provide graduates with superior bodywork skills, personal motivation, ethical awareness, and sustainable body mechanics in order to support a positive career, continued education, and an appreciation of lifelong learning.
Massage Therapy Course Requirements
52 Quarter Credit Units / 617 Instructional Hours
Massage Therapy Program Disclosure
IPSB discloses certain information about its programs to prospective students.
The Massage Therapy Program prepares students for a career as a massage therapist. The U.S. Department of LABOR’S Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupation is 31-0911. For additional information about this profession in San Diego County, please visit the State of California Employment Development Department’s Occupation Profile for Massage Therapists in San Diego.
View a Career Video for this occupation from America’s Career InfoNet.
For 2012, the State of California Employment Development Department reported median annual salary for a massage therapist in San Diego County at $34,750.
Tuition and Fees and Books and Supplies:
The tuition and fees for a student completing the program within the normal time frame is as follows:
Prerequisite course Essentials for Massage & Bodywork (EMB101):
|Application fee (non refundable)||$10.00|
|Required Textbooks (estimate)||$112.00|
|Student Tuition Refund Fee (STRF), if applicable||$0.50|
Massage Therapy program (not including prerequisite coursework):
|Application fee (non refundable)||$ 65.00|
|Lab fees||$ 277.50|
|Required Textbooks (estimate)||$ 854.00|
|Student Tuition Refund Fee (STRF), if applicable||~$ 5.00|
STRF fees are required by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education and are calculated at $0.50 per $1,000 in tuition. The fee is charged each term based upon the tuition charged for that term. Accordingly, the total charged for the program will vary student-to-student.
The College reserves the right to change tuition, including any costs and fees. Required textbooks will vary depending upon the elective courses taken. In addition, textbook assignments may change in response to publisher updates and curriculum reviews.
Additional fees may be applied, including course withdraw fees. Please review the Catalog for a full list of other fees that may be applied.
Median Loan Debt: For students who graduated from this program during the Award Years listed below (July 1 to June 30), the median loan debt was:
|Award Year||Title IV Loan||Private Educational Loan||Student Financial Plan|
|2009-10||$ 0.00||$ 0.00||$ 0.00|
|2010-11||$ 0.00||$ 0.00||$ 0.00|
|2011-12||$ 0.00||$ 0.00||$ 0.00|
Job Placement and Graduation Rates as reported to accrediting agency (COMTA) in its 2011 Annual Report
|Placement Rate||Completion within 150% of Published Program Length|
|Part-Time Enrollment Status||N/A||N/A|
|Full-Time Enrollment Status||63.16%||65.52%|
National Exam Pass Rates
For the reporting period July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012, the College pass rate for the National Certification Exam by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork was as follows:
|IPSB Pass Rate||California Pass Rate||National Pass Rate|
|National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage||100%||68.18%||71.06%|
|National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork||100%||61.47%||70.90%|