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Are you looking for a flexible healthcare profession in integrative medicine? Do you enjoy having a one-on-one connection with people? If so, becoming a massage therapist may be a great move for you. Let Allegany College of Maryland's Massage Therapy program educate you in this ever-expanding health care field.


Massage Therapy at ACMOur Massage Therapy program is committed to thoroughly prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career as a professional massage therapist. Either of our programs, one year certificate or two year degree, will provide a well-rounded experience, focusing on both the art and science of massage.

The therapeutic effects of massage therapy have become widely recognized. Documentation on the effects of manual therapy shows that it improves circulation, alleviates stress, headaches, and joint and muscular pain. When practiced within an integrative health care setting, massage can also be used to treat cancer related fatigue, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis and neuromuscular diseases.

Our program's massage therapy clinic, held on-site in our Allied Health building, gives you the chance to practice Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and alternative therapies. (You must have a satisfactory health record on file prior to your clinical experience.) In addition to clinic experiences, you'll have the opportunity for fieldwork practice in seated massage.

As a Massage Therapy program student, you'll take classes at our Cumberland campus over the course of four semesters and two summer sessions, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy, or complete our one-year Massage Therapy Certificate program to prepare you to practice as a Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP). 

Massage Therapy has been designated on the list of the top 25 fastest growing occupations by the US Department of Labor. In addition, with America's increasing emphasis on wellness, students completing this program have a number of employment opportunities. Although the program doesn't guarantee employment, Massage Therapists are currently working in medical settings, spa and health club settings, as well as working for established therapists in private practices. Some even establish their own businesses. The average hourly salary for a massage therapist ranges from $20 to $40 depending on the locality and the setting.


The ACM Massage Therapy program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Course Info

As a Massage Therapy program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain education through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Massage, Anatomy, Physiology and Movement
  • Principles of Massage Therapy I
  • Principles of Massage Therapy II
  • Principles of Massage Therapy III
  • Principles of Alternative Therapies
  • Anatomy and Physiology Interrelationships
  • Holistic Approach to Wellness
  • Legal and Ethical Topics in Massage Therapy
  • Medical Massage
  • Pathology for Massage Therapy
  • Integrating Massage Therapy and Business Topics
  • Clinical Practices (I-IV)
  • Internship I

Upon completion of your Associate of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy, you'll be eligible to take the Massage Board Licensing Exam and you will meet the qualifications for applying for licensure in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (For qualifications for other states, students must check with the appropriate licensing or certifying agency.)

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog
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Career Info

The one year certificate option offers employment opportunities in:

  • Spas
  • Fitness Centers
  • On-site corporate chair massage
  • Private Practice


The two year licensing option offers employment opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Pain Clinics
  • Physician's Office
  • Chiropractor's Office
  • Plus the options stated for the certificate program


Career Outlook:

Then following data is derived from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook: "Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2014 to 2024, mush faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists."

For more information regarding careers and salary information for massage therapist, please access the MT Industry Fact Sheet.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Faculty/Staff Info

Kirsten Hansen, Director, Massage Therapy Program
Allied Health 124

BA - Skolen for Kropsterapi og Afspaending - Copenhagen

Melissa Smith, Clinical Coordinator and Faculty
Allied Health 154A

AAS – Allegany College of Maryland

Elizabeth Anne Owens, Instructor
Allied Health 154A

BA – Frostburg State University
AAS – Institute for Business and Medical Careers

Paula Jilanis, Associate Professor
Allied Health 154A

B.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland
M.A., Tai Sophia Institute
L.M.T., Baltimore School of Massage

Jeremy Oldham, PTA, BS, MA, Faculty
Allied Health 232

Elaine Helmstetter, Program Secretary
Allied Health 246

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Miranda Henning


"At the Woodlands Spa, we truly value the talent and eagerness of our associates who have completed the massage therapy program at ACM. We find they have the proper training and education to make a seamless transition into a position in massage therapy at the Woodlands Spa. We appreciate the integrity the school upholds and look forward to continue development of relationships with the students of ACM."

MIRANDA HENNING | Assistant Spa Director

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