From Student to Professional in 9 Months: Massage Therapy Certificate Program

Published on September 23, 2014 by arothstein

Broadview University-Layton is piloting a new program in massage therapy: massage therapy certificate. In order to find out all of the benefits of this new pilot program, I asked Kelley Sloan, massage therapy program chair.

Massage students practice what they have learned at community events.

Why is this new program such a great thing?

While it may appear similar to other programs, this massage therapy certificate program is designed to place our massage certificate graduates in the field within nine months. It will save time, by allowing you to finish in nine months, and money, by not having to pay for additional education courses before you enter the workforce. Every class will provide you with employer-requested and industry-ready skills. When students graduate, they are career ready.

Is this program accredited?

It is accredited by ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools) which is the largest national accrediting organization for degree granting schools. The college also has a school membership with ABMP (Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals). It is a professional organization that supports early massage education by providing a network of courses and liability insurance. This program also meets the state requirements of both Utah and Idaho.

What happens when someone finishes the program?

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be prepared to take the massage licensing exam. Our students are eligible to take the licensing exams offered by the Federation of States Massage Therapy Board (FSTMB) and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork’s (NCBTMB) exams. Graduates can take their exams, apply for their state professional license, and then decide if they would like to continue as a working professional while they complete their Associate of Applied Science degree.

What if I wanted to continue my education after receiving my certificate?

All 41 credits that are earned during the certificate program transfer directly into Broadview’s associate’s degree massage therapy program. The new certificate program supports ongoing career development while augmenting course curriculum including case study development, critical analysis, and outcome based results. One of the main purposes of the certificate program is to allow students to graduate and get out into the workforce quicker.

Students practice different skills while volunteering time in the community.

What kind of things will I learn in the certificate program?

Some of the classes include: Swedish Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Spa Techniques, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, and First Aid & CPR.

What kind of experience will I gain in the program?

Our curriculum and residential experience engages students in the classroom and the community providing real world experience. Students participate in a not for profit clinic experience that takes place on campus. This massage clinic is available and free to the public.


For additional information on one of our massage therapy programs, please contact an admissions representative at 1-801-498-6300 or

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