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Newington Campus Programs

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Massage Therapy Program – Two-Term Schedule
720 Clock Hours / 38 Quarter Credits

Program Length  
35 weeks / 8 months

Massage Therapy Program – Four-Term Schedule
720 Clock Hours / 38 Quarter Credits

Program Length  
70 weeks / 16 ½ months

Program Description

This program provides a thorough and broad-based education in massage therapy that maximizes personal and professional potential. The four-term schedule takes 70 weeks to complete and requires three 4-hour class sessions per week, plus additional study and practice outside of class. The four-term schedule allows students to complete the program at a pace that can fit with other life responsibilities. The program exceeds the educational requirements for the MBLEx state licensing exam, as well as for licensure in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and many other states.*

Program Objectives

  • Competency in seven bodywork modalities: classic Western massage, cross-tissue massage, trigger-point massage, energy balancing, on-site chair massage, sports and remedial massage, and acupressure.
  • Practical knowledge base in the health sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology.
  • Foundational, holistic body/mind/spirit understanding of wellness with techniques for one’s own and one’s clients’ self-care.
  • Practice of personal development skills such as mindfulness, grounding, centering, stress management, body mechanics, alignment, and conditioning.
  • Development and integration of the skills required in the therapeutic relationship such as empathy, boundary setting, intuitive awareness, effective communication, and healthy, professional ethics.
  • Development of professional confidence and competence through participation in the student clinic.
  • Exploration of personal career goals and development of professional skills to successfully manage either a private practice or employment in a variety of settings.

Gainful Employment Disclosures
35-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
70-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]

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Catalog Addendum [View]

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Continuing education, for mind, body and spirit

Your license is just the beginning: the more you continue to learn, the more you’ll thrive.

Our continuing education programs evolve with industry trends to carry you throughout your career—and help you build the skills you’ll need to expand your practice, and grow your business.

Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Rich Testa

Rich Testa

Rich is dedicated to helping his clients enhance their optimum health and performance. He brings this passion to education, helping his students develop the same attention to their clients’ well-being.

  • Teaches Sports Massage and Orthopedic Assessment
  • Specialties in functional orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation massage
  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Co-owner, Family Therapeutic Massage Center, Southington
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
  • Olympic Medical Service Team, 1996
  • Olympic Sports Massage Team, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016
  • Former Sports Massage Co-Director, Connecticut Chapter, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Former Coordinator, Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT), Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • Deployed to Ground Zero following 9/11 with MERT, Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • AMTA National Sports Team Member of the Year, 2010

Sandy Cook

Sandy Cook
Instructor and Massage Therapy Department Chair

Sandy believes that massage therapy is beneficial to the healing process on many levels. She loves teaching because it allows her to support students’ personal growth and education. Her passion grows as she observes the direct link between wellness and the intention of the heart-hand connection.

  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Former private manicure, pedicure and energy instructor
  • Former barber/stylist and salon/spa
  • Former Reiki practitioner

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