Massage Therapy2019-03-14T12:43:19+00:00


This program prepares students for employment as professional massage therapists. The program provides a solid knowledge base in the structure and function of the human body, ethics, various theories and applications of therapeutic massage along with hands-on experience. The massage therapy program requires 600 hours in total.

Massage Therapy Prospects

• The increasing demand on massage therapy services leads to a continued growth in the business. → Employment of massage therapist is expected to grow at a higher rate than the average employment growth of other occupations.

• Due to expansion of the health care industry, 1.7million new jobs have been created over the past 5 years.

• The number of day spas have been increased by 400% over the past 10 years and more than 90% of high-end spa packages include massage therapy.

• A quarter of the United States population has experienced massage therapy in the past 12 months and the number is continuously growing.

• Two-thirds of clients want to get the service from the same massage therapist.

Program Facts

Program Length: 30 weeks (Maximum Time Frame: 45 weeks)
Total Hours: 600 Hours

Course List

Number Course Hours
CMTC101 Introduction to Therapeutic Massage 20
CMTC102 Medical Terminology 20
CMTC103 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology I 40
CMTC104 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology II 40
CMTC105 Massage Therapy I 80
CMTC106 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology III 40
CMTC107 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology IV 40
CMTC108 Pathology 40
CMTC109 Massage Therapy II 100
CMTC111 Business and Ethics 30
CMTC113 Clinical Pathology 30
CMTC114 Energetic Foundations 20
CMTC115 Clinical Practicum 100



Marquita Redd-Hickson

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  B.A. Science in Human Resource Management- University of Maryland

•  Certificate- Holistic Massage Training Institute

•  Certificate- Von Lee International School of Aesthetics.

Ms. Redd-Hickson studied Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland and graduated in Holistic massage training institute and Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. She has worked in the field for several years and provided massage for clients including medical benefit and relaxation. While working in the field, she led a team in scoring over 90% on base compliancy inspection and received best practice accolades in three functional areas. Ms. Redd-Hickson joined as a faculty member at the Columbia Institute on Feb 2019 and currently teaches theory and practices focused on the licensure exam.

Julia Geragthy

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  Licensed Massage Therapist

Ms. Geraghthy specializes in sports and recuperative therapies. She has five years of experience in coaching a hockey team for Fairfax Public School, teaching strategies and fulfilling student learning needs. Also, she has worked in Massage Envy Burke as a Massage Therapist for several years, experienced in wellness care and deep tissue massage. She joined the Massage Therapy program of Columbia College in January 2018.

Bree Delac

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  A.S. in Massage Therapy, Georgia Medical Institute, Marietta, Georgia

Ms. Delac is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Virginia with 15 years of field experience. She also has worked for massage administrative duties – clinical documentation, treatment plan development, and client scheduling administration. Ms. Delac has an expertise in Neuromuscular, Deep-Tissue Myofascial Trigger Point Release, Swedish, Prenatal, Sports and Injury Treatment, and Stretching. She is currently teaching Kinesiology course at the Columbia College.

Marissa B. Heidebrecht

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  M.A. in Education, Core Gateway College, San Jose City, Philippines

•  A.S. in Massage Therapy, Provincial Manpower Training Center, Gen.Tinio St. Cabanatuan City, Philippines

•  B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Pines City Colleges, Baguio City, Philippines

•  B.S. in Biology, University of Cordillera, Harisson Rd.Baguio City, Philippines

Ms. Heidebrecht is both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Nursing Assistant in Virginia. She joined the Massage Therapy program of Columbia College in October 2017. Ms. Heidebrecht has ten years of experience in classroom dynamics, versatility in teaching strategies and perceptive of student learning needs. She has worked and has been trained in medical and health related science as an Occupational Therapist and Nursing Assistant. She has also taught at professional college with extensive subjects in health and bodily systems and functions. She is currently working as a top producer in massage sales and retention with a winning client based clinical approach to therapy. She teaches Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology courses.

Jong Hwa Lee

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Tysons Campus)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia College, Fairfax, Virginia

•  B.A. in Portuguese, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Pusan, Korea

As a Licensed Massage Therapist in Virginia, Mr. Lee has been active both in field and education settings in massage therapy area. He provided over 100 massage clients the Swedish massage services and taught over 50 students the massage therapy theories and practices focused on licensure exam. Currently he teaches massage lab practices and supervised clinical practicum at Columbia College.

Sang Kwon Hong

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia College, Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Hong is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland. He has worked in the field since 2009 and provided the massage for clients including medical benefit and relaxation. He has taught the students for 7 years specializing massage practice/lab and clinical practicum. His teaching focuses on sharing a broad knowledge of Eastern paradigm of bodywork therapy along with contemporary Western modalities and instructing students how to offer the highest quality service to clients and to communicate with managements of employers.

Chenglong Liu

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Columbia Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland

Dr. Chenlong Liu studied Epidemiology to earn his Ph.D. degree from UCLA, and worked as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University for 9 years. While researched and taught the students at the Georgetown Univ. he expanded his scope to massage therapy and to teach the courses. Dr. Liu joined as a faculty member at the Columbia Institute (Columbia College’s Silver Spring Extension) on August 2017 and currently teaches theory and practices focused on licensure exam.

Tamla Waters Campbell

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Certificate in Massage Therapy, Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington, DC

•  A.S. in Music & Dance, Montgomery Community College, Rockville, Maryland

Dr. Hyungk Ki Min

Instructor, Massage Therapy (Silver Spring Extension)

•  Active License of Maryland Chiropractic, Maryland Chiropractic & Massage Board

•  Ph.D. in Chiropractic, Life University, GA

Dr. Min has over 13 years or experience, knowledge of the muscular system and practice in chiropractic and rehabilitation. He earned his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with honors from Life University Doctor of Chiropractic. His expertise is in soft tissue techniques and spinal manipulation. Dr. Min has been awarded scholarship for Doctor of Chiropractic (1999-2003) and has amplitude trust technique for the ankle in 2003.
He has professional experience from Kyonggi University Alternative medicine graduate school in South Korea (2004-2006), Carefree Land Chiropractic LLC (2008-2014), and from Columbia College for anatomy and physiology. Dr. Min is also certified for physiological therapeutics from sport health science and certified at the dry needling institute.


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