Students will complete 890 program hours before applying to take the MBLEx exam and receiving state licensure. This comprehensive clinical massage therapy program will give you a strong foundational knowledge of the human body and will cover theories and practices within the field of massage therapy, and various modalities and techniques in addition to interpersonal skills, ethics, and business practices. Classes are interactive and led by skillful massage therapists with years of experience. The clinical massage therapy program at Helena College is committed to excellent teaching, compassionate support, and professional and personal growth.
Minimum 18 years of age and high school completion or its equivalent. It is highly recommended that students are up-to-date on all immunizations. Please consult your physician.
Program registration fees for the clinical massage therapy program include one attempt at the MBLEx exam. The cost of exam re-takes and subsequent proctoring fees are not included and are subject to change.
This is a college-level, accelerated program. There will be extensive reading to be completed outside of class. Full preparation before class and active participation in all class activities is a requirement. Attendance, punctuality, and professionalism are also graded components of class.
Classes will be divided into 3 – 5 hour “blocks” with short breaks usually offered midway through the block, and a one-hour meal break between blocks. The following list of courses is not all-inclusive:
|Introduction to Massage Therapy
||This class will give students an understanding of where massage therapy began and where it is today with an overview of industry standards, practices, and laws in addition to research literacy and critical thinking skills. Sanitation and hygiene, client and therapist safety, and massage cautions and contraindications will be covered with a brief introduction to communication and the therapeutic relationship.
||Touch I will give students a foundation in basic draping skills, body mechanics for both table and chair massage, and self care. Students will also spend time learning about proper hygiene and sanitation, disease prevention and safety, and new COVID guidelines. Students will begin to practice breathing techniques, opening and closing a massage session, and professional communication.
||Touch II will dive into the Swedish massage and chair massage with a heavy focus on student practice massage sessions. Students will define and demonstrate foundational skills and begin treatment planning and time management.
||Touch III will dive into more advanced techniques including deep tissue, myofascial, proprioceptive and neuromuscular techniques, hydrotherapy, sports massage, trigger point, and cupping.
Additional Courses and Hours
Touch IV (60 hrs); Special Populations (35 hrs); Planning, Assessment, and Documentation (55 hrs); Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication (55 hrs); Pathology (55 hrs); Anatomy and Physiology (100 hrs); Kinesiology (65); The Theraputic Relationship (55 hours); Psychology of the Body (30 hrs); Career Planning (25 hrs); Business in Massage I, II, III (20 hours each); Clinic (50 hrs).
Application, Resume, and Short Essay
These are to be turned in to the Continuing Education office after attending an Orientation session, or one-on-one meeting with the program director. Click here to print application or you may pick up a copy in person at the college: 1115 N. Roberts, Room 113. Once your completed application is submitted, you will be notified of acceptance within 3 days. Incomplete applications are not accepted. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Laptop or Tablet Requirement
Some text access is in electronic format only. Additionally, if deemed necessary, class may occasionally be held in an online forum, such as Zoom. Therefore, online access is also a requirement (use of a smartphone for these applications is not sufficient.)
Because this is a career training and not for college credits, the program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. However, depending on your situation, you may qualify for financial assistance. If you have concerns about program cost, please talk with us about potential aid.
Deposit and Payment Plan
When you register for class, a $1000 deposit will hold your seat. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable (good only toward the massage therapy program.) If you are not able to pay in full before the class start, you can make use of a payment plan. The balance of your tuition (program cost less deposit and any aid received) will be divided in half, with the first half due by the eighth week of class. The final payment will be due by the 16th week of class.
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1115 North Roberts - Room 113
Helena, Montana 59601
Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Administrative Associate Julie Adams