The successful student will acquire skills that range from client assessment and business
fundamentals to advanced techniques and modalities in massage therapy that include
Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Table Shiatsu. The student will also learn proper
body mechanics and self-care techniques to prevent fatigue and injury.We offer a 25.5
unit (516 hours) Certificate of Achievement, a 44.5 unit (876 hours) Certificate of
Proficiency, and a 52 unit Associate in Arts degree (1020 hours).
A massage therapist uses his or her hands, fingers, forearms and elbows to apply gliding,
rubbing, kneading, friction, joint mobilization and tapotement techniques to clients
depending upon the therapist's training and the client's physical condition, needs
and desires. Heat, ice, diaphragmatic breathing and therapeutic exercises are also
utilized to help clients reduce pain, improve range of motion, and reduce the negative
effects that unchecked stress has on the human mind and body.
Potential students should be physically fit because this work demands physical activity.
Evening and weekend work are common as are long periods of standing and reaching.
Aside from outdoor events, such as sports events, the work is done indoors in a massage
clinic, health club, doctor's office, salon, spa or corporate setting.
Wages vary for massage therapists depending upon where they work and their level of
experience. Massage therapists can receive both pay and tips. It takes time to develop
a private clientele; therefore, most beginning therapists work part time and supplement
their income with other jobs. Entry-level pay can range from minimum wage to $3,400
per month. Experienced full-time people can earn as much as $8,600 per month.
Completing the De Anza Massage Therapy Program allows you to call yourself a Massage
Therapist or Professional Massage Therapist. Only massage therapists who meet the
requirements of, and are certified by, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)
may call themselves a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). Nobody else in California may use that title. A student who completes the minimum
500-hour program will be prepared to apply to the CAMTC for state certification. This
state certification is voluntary, though some localities, and even some employers,
may require it to practice. We highly recommend getting state certified. Check with the area you will be working to confirm the requirements.
Attendance and/or graduation from a California Massage Therapy Council approved school
does not guarantee certification by CAMTC. Applicants for certification shall meet
all requirements as listed in California Business and Professions Code sections 4600
A student or any member of the public with questions that have not been satisfactorily
answered by the school or who would like to file a complaint about this school may
contact the California Massage Therapy Council at: One Capitol Mall, Suite 320, Sacramento,
CA 95814, www.camtc.org, phone (916) 669-5336, or fax (916) 669-5337.
No, but we highly recommend it. Independent therapists who do not get the state certification must
get separate permits in each city/municipality they practice in, and may be subject to additional fees and requirements,
such as a medical exam, in order to practice. Some employers require their massage
employees to be state certified, too.
Licenses are mandated through regulatory or government agencies and define the title and scope of practice. Doctors,
nurses, attorneys, and public accountants are examples of occupations that require
a license to practice. A certification is the recognition of an individual who has
demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications
within a profession. Certifications are typically offered in industries in which it's
important to uphold certain standards. Certifications are generally voluntary but,
in some instances, are considered part of a licensing process.
Yes, through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
(NCBTMB) and it is called Board Certification. We recommend De Anza students complete
the A.A. degree to prepare for this advanced certification. See their website at http://www.ncbtmb.com/ for the requirements to becoming Board Certified. De Anza massage graduates will
need to include the De Anza College ID # 294033-00 in their application. NCBTMB's
contact information is as follows:National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300 McLean, VA 22102 Phone: 1.800.296.0664 or 707.610.9015 Fax: 703.610.9005 http://www.ncbtmb.com/