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Therapeutic Massage/Massage Therapy

Massage Education

Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan offers a Certificate of Achievement Program (Curriculum Code 1255) in Therapeutic Massage. Hands-on experience in relaxation massage, polarity, clinical and sports massage, as well as extensive human anatomy/physiology and business management.

For Program Information and Application Click Here 

The day massage program is a three semester commitment.  Day students that begin the program fall semester 2017 will complete the program at the end of the summer semester 2018.  Day massage classes typically are on Monday through Thursday from 10:10 am to 2:00 pm. The Massage Clinic meets from 10 am until 2:30 pm.  There are several Friday classes and an occasional weekend event.

The evening massage program is a four semester commitment.  Evening students that begin the program fall semester 2017 will end at a the end of fall semester 2018.  Classes typically meet three evenings per week, primarily from 5:40 to 9:30 pm.  The Massage Clinic meets from 5:40 until 10:00 pm.  There are several weeks when classes will meet for four days and an occasional weekend event.

All courses have an attendance policy.

Students are required to follow the program course sequence with their cohort.  Valid CPR certification is required to obtain a certificate of completion.  Questions?  Contact Mabel Menadier (517) 483-1431 or


Massage School Accreditation

The program was granted full accreditation (5 years) on May 10, 2010 from the Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). We are pleased to announce that COMTA has extended LCC's accreditation to April 2017 as of November 2013!

Massage Affiliations

School Member - American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)


Nature of Work

Massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints to relax or reduce pain in patients or customers. Massage therapists may be self-employed in private practice, employed in a variety of health care settings, in health and beauty spas, in sports or exercise complexes, or in large lodging and travel facilities.

Skills you need

To succeed as a massage therapist, you will need physical strength, mobility, and good interpersonal, communication, listening and critical thinking skills.

Employment prospects

Jobs in massage therapy are expected to increase faster than average. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the MBLEx, which is necessary to be licensed as a massage therapist. Graduates are in private practice and work at hospitals, chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, holistic health clinics, spas and salons. Employment opportunities exist in resorts and on cruise ships.




Gainful Employment

Therapeutic Massage, CA


Listing for 1255

Click the following link to view the current Therapeutic Massage Advising Guide and information to prepare for a career in massage therapy.

Click here to view Advising Guide 

Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

MASG 131 Therapeutic Massage I
MASG 132 Body Systems for Massage
MASG 137 Medical Elements of Massage
MASG 138 Fundamentals of Clinical Massage
MASG 139 Medical Conditions in Massage
MASG 141 Massage Clinic I
MASG 151A Chair Massage/Research Literacy
MASG 151B Sports Massage
MASG 151C Maternal-Infant Massage
MASG 151D Special Populations
MASG 231 Therapeutic Massage II
MASG 232 Therapeutic Massage III
MASG 235 Licensing Exam Preparation
MASG 241 Massage Clinic II
MASG 242 Massage Clinic III
MASG 251A Polarity Therapy
MASG 251B Reflexology
MASG 251C Asian Body Therapy
MASG 251D Positional Release
MASG 254 Business Applications/Therapeutic Massage
MASG 256 Clinical Assessment

Therapeutic Massage Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Lansing Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program distinctive?

  1. High regard in the community
  2. Taught by instructors with many years of real life experience
  3. Low tuition and fees compared to private schools

When does the program start?

You can start the evening program and the day program in August.

How long does it take to complete the program and what type of degree do I earn?

The day Therapeutic Massage Program can be completed in three consecutive semesters and the evening program can be completed in four consecutive semesters. After completing your coursework, you will earn a Certificate of Achievement in Massage Therapy.

How large are the massage classes? What is the instructor to student ratio?

We currently have 18 massage tables in our facility.  Maximum class size is 24 students.  When performing hands-on work, the instructor to student ratio is 1:12.  There is a faculty and lab assistant in the clinics.

Do I need to take any prerequisites before enrolling in the program?


Are there any admission requirements for enrollment in the program?

Students need to be 18 years old, provide a copy of a valid driver's license or state identification card, must have reading level of 5 and writing level of 6, and must provide proof of high school graduation or GED (minimum score of 35).

Are there any physical requirements that I must meet?

There is no physical assessment prior to enrolling in the program, but it helps to be physically fit and agile to perform massages without becoming fatigued or injured. Please see the Therapeutic Massage Program website for a complete list of physical requirements, skills, and aptitudes that are required for success in the program.

What does the program cost? (effective Fall 2016)

Tuition: 46 Billing hours

District Resident
$99.00/Billing Hr

$198.00/Billing Hr

$297.00/Billing Hr

$347.00/Billing Hr

$ 4,554.00

$ 9,108.00

$ 13,662.00


  • Course Fees: Approximate Cost $903.00
  • Books: Approximate Cost (Used $600) (New $900)
  • Registration Fees: $25.00 per semester enrolled
  • Online course fee (MASG 137 & MASG 139 & MASG 254) $75
  • Student Support Fee: $11.00 per billing hour - i.e., 46 billing hours x $11.00 = $506.00


Massage Table is required by 4th week of the MASG 131 course.

$250.00 - 500.00

Professional massage lotion or cream in a sanitary, multi-use container (pump or tube dispenser)

$30.00 (can be purchased in Medical Locked Storage, HHS 016)

Lotion Holster

$30.00 (can be purchased in Medical Locked Storage, HHS 016)

Table Linens (used linens are acceptable)

$20.00 - 40.00

Scrubs are required for clinic and/or class


P-Ball is required for MASG 231 and MASG 232


How do I apply for financial aid?

You may find more information related to financial aid by visiting Lansing Community College's Student Financial Aid website or by contacting the following:

1600 - Financial Aid
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210
(517) 483-1200

Is housing available?

The Student Life Office often posts offerings but Lansing Community College has no formal housing assistance available. Check out the Student Life website, or by contacting the following:

1170-Student Life Office (Gannon Building, Room 252.04)
P.O. Box 40010
Lansing, MI 48901-7210
Phone: (517) 483-1285

Massage Therapy Related Links

American Massage Therapy Association - (AMTA)

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

Occupational Outlook Handbook United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


Therapeutic Massage Clinic - Open to the Public

Lansing Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program is currently seeking clients for the Therapeutic Massage Clinic which is open to LCC students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

The clinic, housed in Room 013 of the Health and Human Services Building, allows students of the Therapeutic Massage Program to gain valuable client experience as required by the program curriculum, and gives the public a chance to experience the many health benefits of therapeutic massage at a great price. The cost of a one-hour full-body massage is $25. The clinic accepts check, money order, or credit/debit card - Visa or Mastercard only - by logging in to and clicking on the Therapeutic Massage store.  Please note:  we do not accept cash.

The appointment times for the clinic vary each semester.  Please call (517) 483-1451 or Click Here for current clinic information regarding clinic appointment times and appointment schedule.

Clients must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and willing to participate in a brief health screening at the time appointments are scheduled.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 517-483-1451
  • Email us at:
  • Self-schedule online by clicking the "Schedule a Clinic Appointment" button below.
  • We have changed our scheduling software.  Even if you have booked with us previously you might be prompted to select the "New Client" option when making your first appointment.  New Clients will be required to enter their name, email address and contact phone number.

***Please Note, if you are pregnant, have recently suffered an injury, or have a chronic medical condition, we cannot accept you as a client at this time.  If you have questions regarding your possible acceptance please do not book online but instead call to schedule your appointment and talk with our staff, 517-483-1451.***

To schedule a clinic appointment, please use a browser other than Internet Explorer.

Schedule a Clinic Appointment

24-Hour Cancellation Policy

Leave a message at (517) 483-1451

  1. If you do not provide at least 24-hour notice you will be charged for the appointment.
  2. Client substitutions must be arranged through the clinic staff.
  3. Payment for missed appointments or late cancellations must be RECEIVED within six days.
  4. If payment is not received, any scheduled appointments will be cancelled and no future appointments will be made until payment has been received.

Checks for a missed appointment can be dropped off at the Health and Human Service Building, Room 108 or should be mailed no later than the day after your missed appointment to:

Lansing Community
3100-Therapeutic Massage
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210


LCC Scholarships

For information on the LCC Scholarship Application process please click here.

For LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please click here

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at (517) 483-1989.

MBlex Pass Rate Information


School Pass Rate Report
Lansing Community College
Lansing, MI

January 1, 2016 - November 4, 2016

  Total # of Exams Pass Pass Rate
School First-Time 29 22 75.9%
School Re-Exam 6 3 50%
School All 35 25 71.4%
State First-Time 591 385 65.1%
State Re-Exam 167 65 38.9%
State All 758 450 59.4%
National First-Time 21,718 15,510 71.4%
National Re-Exam 5,362 2,263 42.2%
National All 27,080 17,773 65.6%

Fitness and Wellness Program at Lansing Community College

Therapeutic Massage/Massage Therapy
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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