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Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body by a person who is licensed for compensation. 


About the Program

The Massage Therapy Program is designed to prepare our students for employment as licensed massage therapists. In therapeutic training lab, hydrotherapy lab and clinical environments, students will practice Swedish massage as well as a variety of allied modalities. Practice in the lab and with clients in a public student clinic prepares our students for “real world” experience. Students will learn how to gather client information, assess client needs, perform client-centered massage sessions and complete medical documentation in the form of SOAP note charting.

The goal of the Massage Therapy Program is to provide high quality, employment-focused workforce training designed to meet the changing needs of our diverse community. Program completers are eligible to take the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage examination or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards examination for Florida State licensure.

Attendance at an Information Session is strongly encouraged.

Important information will be discussed including program details and requirements, class information, department tour, introduction to instructors, tuition and related costs and other pertinent details.

Information Session Schedule
Date Time 1 Time 2 Campus Room Number
Thursday, August 29, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102
Monday, September 9, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102
Thursday, September 26, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102
Monday, October 7, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102
Thursday, October 24, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102
Monday, November 4, 2019 1 - 2:30pm 5 - 6:30pm Boca Raton HT 102

Program Application Deadline Date: All program applications are to be handed into the admissions office no later than Friday, November 15th.

Mandatory Orientation: Mandatory Orientation is for accepted students only and will be held on December 9th from 1:00 – 3:30 PM for Full-Time Day students and December 9th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM for Part-Time Evening students. During Orientation we will go over the rules and regulations for the program, required next steps, financial aid options, program schedule, as well as other pertinent information.

Program Credit Hours: Our program is 750 clock hours and has four courses.
Introduction to Massage Therapy = 78 Clock Hours
Massage Therapy I = 200 Clock Hours
Massage Therapy II = 235 Clock Hours
Massage Therapy III = 237 Clock Hours

Program Schedule: Our program has 3 cohorts per year.

  1. Full-Time day class from January to July (7 months) Monday through Friday.
  2. Full-Time day class from June to December (7 months) Monday through Friday.
    Classes and labs are held during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some variation according to semester.
  3. Part-Time evening class from January to December (12 months)
    Classes and labs are held during the evening, between 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with some variation according to semester.

Program Location: 801 Palm Beach State College Dr, Boca Raton FL 33431

For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Massage Therapy Department either by email at SouthMassageThrpy@PalmBeachState.Edu or by phone at 561-862-4722.

Every year the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards informs the massage therapy schools of how well our students perform on the examination. As reported by the FSMTB, Palm Beach State College Massage Therapy graduates continues to hold a high pass rate between  86%-100% as compared to the average Florida state massage school pass rate of 63% and the national average massage school pass rate of 70%.

These statistics are due to the design of our curriculum, our excellent qualified instructors and our high academic standards.

Upon completion of all the Massage Therapy Program requirements, students are guided in the completion of the applications for the state examination and licensing forms.

Completing students are then invited to wear caps and gowns and partake in the Palm Beach State College graduation commencement ceremonies in the month of December. Families and guests are welcome to attend.

Employers are pleased with our 'state of the art ' facility and thorough training program. We receive calls year round inquiring to hire our licensed graduates. Licensed graduates are working in Massage establishments, day spas, large resort spas, chiropractic offices, hospitals, cruise ships, their own out call businesses and their own wellness centers. You may contact the Palm Beach State Career Center at to post or gain employment. Or you may contact Jyrece McClendon, Program Associate Dean via email: or call 561-862-4413.

Palm Beach State College has its own Small Business Development Center whereby certified business analysts are available to offer education, support and encouragement to students who choose to create their own business. Email Vin Nolan at:

Open to the Public

Clients are asked to pay minimum fees which contributes to student education.
For Clinic hours and to schedule an appointment, call 561-862-4722

Menu of services:

Swedish Massage  $18
A 50-minute, full body relaxation massage. Student therapists will incorporate varied basic Swedish massage techniques in a rhythmical sequence that will cover all major muscle groups of the body, providing a fully relaxing session.

Stone Massage  $27
A 50-minute, full body deep relaxation massage with smooth hot river rocks. The combination of Swedish massage techniques and hot river rocks allows for deeper tissue penetration and deeper relaxation.

Vichy Exfoliation  $25
Aromatherapy sea salt applied to the skin in a vigorous fashion to encourage increased blood flow and skin exfoliation, followed by a warm rain shower rinse and a soothing application of moisturizing skin lotion. Aroma oil added to the salt rub is optional.

Chair Massage  $13
A 30-minute clothed massage performed in a specially designed massage chair with specific attention paid to muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders, upper and lower back, arms, hands and wrists.

Reflexology (feet &/or hands)   $18
Reflexology is organized around a system of points on the feet and hands that are thought to correspond to the major joints, organs and systems of the body. This 50 minute treatment of the hands and feet can reduce stress, improve overall circulation and boost energy. Mini hot river stones may be added for a deeper state of relaxation.

Combination Reflexology - Add on Paraffin or Foot Bath   $5
Feel the added relaxing effects of a warm paraffin bath (a mixture of wax and essential oil) dip to the hands and feet. Your skin will feel smooth, soft and supple. Or soak your feet in a warm, soothing foot bath with essential oil added.

Bathing suits are required for Swedish, Stone, Vichy treatments. Shoes must be worn from locker rooms to treatment room.

Business Partnership Council

This council is designed to support program development keeping consistent and current with the needs of our industry in the southeast Florida community. Council members are employers, doctors, licensed massage therapists and establishment owners who know the needs of the massage and bodywork industry. For information on becoming a member of our Massage Therapy Business Partnership Council, call program Associate Dean, Jyrece McClendon at 561-862-4413 or email:


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