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 Massage Therapy



  • Program Overview
  • Information
  • Prerequisites
  • Degrees & Certificates
  • University Transfer


CGCC is dedicated to providing students with a professional and affordable education in the field of Massage Therapy. Our program focuses on enhancing healing and wellness through a variety of Massage Therapy techniques.  Upon completion of our program students can earn either an Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Completion.  In addition, the AAS transfers directly to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Wellness at ASU East Campus and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at all ASU locations. Students who plan to transfer should contact an Academic Program Advisor.



CGCC Massage Therapy graduates are well-prepared with the skills to enter the field of massage therapy in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Chiropractic care
  • Sports performance institutes
  • Spas and resorts
  • Private practice
  • Program Overview
  • Swedish massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Pathology and injury massage
  • Chair massage
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Advanced kinesiology
  • Postural analysis
  • Functional movement assessment
  • Range of motion
  • Quality of movement
  • Basic health behavior modification
  • Stress reduction
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition


CGCC offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) and a Certificate of Completion (CCL) program in Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy is an Occupational Healthcare Curriculum Program within the Maricopa County Community College District and is accredited by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible for an Arizona Massage Therapy License as well as being prepared to sit for the national exam.

Skills and Knowledge

Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:
  • Explain the physiology, benefits, indications, and contraindications and effects of the nine basic massage techniques.
  • Appraise and refine Massage Therapy techniques to cultivate mastery of skills, abilities, and aptitudes.
  • Describe and demonstrate the attachments, actions, therapeutic stretches, and palpation of trigger points of skeletal muscles.
  • Perform a complete body massage appropriate for the client.
  • Use Massage Therapy skills in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a site director and the program coordinator.

Eligibility for Licensure

In Arizona, one must obtain a license from the AZ Board of Massage Therapy before being able to practice. This can be obtained only after the successful completion of a minimum of 700 clock hours of professional training at an accredited school recognized by the Board.
Upon completion of the certificate program or AAS degree in Massage Therapy, students are eligible to apply for Arizona State Licensure. To obtain an application packet and/or seek additional information on state licensure go to:


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses in the Program Prerequisites area.

Students must select Option 1 or Option 2.

OPTION 1: Credits: 15
  • BIO160 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
  • HCC130 - Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery 3
  • HCC145AA - Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers I 1
  • WED151 - Introduction to Alternative Medicine 3
  • WED165 - Overview of Massage Therapy 2
  • WED215 - Self-Care for Health Care Providers 2

OPTION 2: Credits: 11
Option 2 is for students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by The Maricopa Community Colleges.
  • BIO160 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
  • WED151 - Introduction to Alternative Medicine 3
  • WED165 - Overview of Massage Therapy 2
  • WED215 - Self-Care for Health Care Providers 2

University Transfer

AAS graduates can transfer credits to other colleges/universities for their Bachelor’s degree in various health or recreation related fields.
The AAS transfers directly to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Wellness at ASU East Campus and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at all ASU locations.
If you intend to transfer to ASU, please meet with the Advisor to be sure you're taking the courses that will transfer directly to the ASU degree of your choice.
The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona.