Therapeutic Massage Program

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SJVC’s Therapeutic Massage program trains students in all aspects of providing body work therapy, including medical massage techniques, client relationships and business management. Graduates of this program are academically and technically prepared to pursue massage therapy in a medical or spa setting.

Train to become a massage therapist at SJVC.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Therapeutic Massage program, students will learn:

  • • Swedish massage therapy techniques
  • • Spa therapies
  • • Deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy
  • • Business practice essentials

Students gain hands-on experience at an onsite clinic, working and learning under the supervision of a massage therapy professional.

Program Outcomes
Graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 16 months.

Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification, and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBTMB), an exam used in 33 states across the country for licensure.

Massage therapists work in diverse professional environments including medical offices, private practices, spas, salons and sports clinics. Massage therapists also find employment in holistic health centers, working alongside nutritionists, acupuncturists and yogis.
On the job, massage therapists may:

  • • Assess patient/client conditions
  • • Create and adjust massage therapy treatment plans
  • • Perform appropriate therapeutic treatments
  • • Provide client education

SJVC’s Therapeutic Massage program is available at 2 of our California campuses:

Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a certificate or degree in Therapeutic Massage sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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