Associate of Applied Sciences in Massage Therapy

The A.A.S. Program of Massage Therapy is designed to prepare students for employment as professional massage practitioners and provide a thorough knowledge of the structure and function of the human body along with theory and applications of therapeutic massage. This program offers theoretical, practical and hands-on experience, and enables graduates to pass the certification exam that is offered by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Through this program, students will be confident and capable in becoming successful massage practitioners in a variety of professional settings.

AAS Degree Program in Massage Therapy offers 71 credit core courses including 4 credits of Clinical Practicum. Each course begins with the initial TM and has a three-digit number that identifies the general order of courses that recommended to students to take through their program. Each course is offered during 10-week session and the credit is counted as a quarter (approximately 2/3 of semester credit). Unless the description uses a restrictive phrase, the Columbia College offers the course at least once each year at the Fairfax Campus. In addition to the core courses there are 6 general subjects whose total credits are 24.

(1) Major Courses

Number Course Credits
CMT 101 Introduction to Therapeutic Massage 2
CMT 102 Medical Terminology 2
CMT 103 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology I 4
CMT 104 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology II 4
CMT 105 Massage Therapy I 4
CMT 106 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology III 4
CMT 107 Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology IV 4
CMT 108 Pathology 4
CMT 109 Massage Therapy II 5
CMT 111 Business and Ethics 3
CMT 113 Clinical Pathology 3
CMT 114 Energetic Foundations 2
CMT 115 Clinical Practicum 4
CMT 220 Pregnancy/Special Populations Massage 5
CMT 230 Myofascial Release 5
CMT 240 Sports Massage 5
CMT 250 Lymph Drainage Massage 5
CMT 270 Career Development 4
CMT 310 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2


(2) General Courses

Number Course Title Credit
BPS 102 Business and Professional Speech 4
ENG 101 English Composition 4
MAT 101 Algebra 4
CPS 101 Computer Science 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 4
CRT 101 Critical Thinking 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 201 Society and Human Behavior 4
BIO 102 Introduction to Biology 4
HIST 203 U.S. History 4
SPN 101 Introduction to Spanish I 4
SPN 102 Introduction to Spanish II 4