Massage Therapy

Program Content: This 750 hour program covers various types of therapeutic massage, such as Swedish, Neuromuscular, and Reflexology including:

  • Health Science Core
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Massage Therapy and Clinical Practicum
  • Statutes/Rules and History of Massage
  • Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy
  • Allied Modalities
  • Legal Aspects of Massage Practice
  • Professional Ethics
  • Entrepreneurial Skills

The program takes 7-8 months to complete. We follow the Manatee County School Calendar. The Massage Therapy class meets Monday through Friday for 6 hours a day. Some Saturdays are required in which case classes will meet Monday through Thursday to comply with State of Florida regulations. Our program is approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Florida Department of Health, and adheres to the curriculum standards set by the Board. Students are prepared to sit for the Massage licensing exam. Upon passing they are eligible to become Licensed Massage Therapists

MTC is accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Massage Therapy program is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work, #331107-00.

We accept students from other states. Applicants must be 18 years old, have TABE scores of 10.0 in reading and language and 9.0 in math, a high school diploma or GED, and a completed application. The application process also includes a physical exam and proof of a massage by a professional Licensed Massage Therapist.

Drug testing is only performed if there are obvious signs of suspected drug use.

This program is taught in a facility with state of the art training equipment.

The program introduces different types of massage techniques with the foundation being basic Swedish massage.

For example other massage techniques introduced, but not limited to, in this course include:

  • Principles of stretching
  • Neuromuscular massage/Structural Energetic Therapy
  • Hot Stone massage/Reflexology
  • Hydrotherapy and Spa

All of our students have training in:

  • General health education
  • CPR
  • Occupational safety
  • First Aid
  • Job Marketing
  • Business Practices and more

The program provides quality training for students, prepares them for massage licensing exam and for a successful career start in the field.

Students are encouraged to practice breathing techniques, exercise daily and stretch to keep themselves in good physical shape.

Our students have the opportunity to gain real world experience by offering massage sessions to the general public on Fridays or Saturdays

Our students volunteer for various community activities during their time here at MTC.

View instructions for admission.
1. Attend a program information session; applications are only available at these sessions. Call 941-752-8100 ext 2035 to hear a list of dates and times for current program offerings.
2. Submit a completed program application that includes the following:

a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) pre-entrance scores required
b. Proof of Florida residence (ex. Florida Driver’s License)
c. Completed background check
d. Proof of High School Diploma or GED

Our Mission

The Mission of Manatee Technical College’s Massage Therapy program is to prepare students with the appropriate knowledge base, hands on skills, and confidence to be exceptional massage therapy practitioners.

Massage Therapy Program Educational Goal & Objectives:

Goal: The goal of this program is to prepare students for employment as licensed massage therapists. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Health and Board of Massage Therapy. At the completion of the program, students may take the state approved licensing examination.

Educational objectives:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of techniques and applications of massage and their effect (physically, emotionally and mentally) on the client.
  • Provide an in-depth knowledge of the human body and the effects that massage can have on it.
  • Expand the student’s knowledge and experience in a number of allied modalities used in the massage therapy profession.
  • Encourage development of the student’s self understanding and awareness.
  • Obtain CPR certification and basic first aid training.
  • Familiarize the student with the guidelines of the Florida Massage Practice Act, the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Ethics, and how they apply to the practice of massage therapy.
  • Prepare students to be successful in developing their professional private practice or gaining employment in the medical, wellness, and clinical environment.
  • Create, document, and implement treatment plans based on the goals of the client, findings through treatment sessions, and knowledge of the effects that massage therapy has on the human body.
  • Adequately prepare the student to pass the massage therapy exam and obtain licensure in the State of Florida.

MTC Massage Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

MTC Massage Therapy Program Hours
Course number: H120405

Course Number Course Title Course Length
HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker 90 hours
MSS 0205 Massage Therapist I

Swedish Massage Student Clinic

300 hours

60 hours

MSS 0206 Massage Therapist II 300 hours


MTC Massage Therapy Course Descriptions

Health Science Core (HSC 0003) 90 Hours
This course is designed to give students the basic knowledge and skills needed as the foundation for all health occupation programs. This course includes both in-class and online learning. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice through visual, auditory and hands-on activities. This course is required by the State of Florida.

Anatomy & Physiology (MSS 0206) 150 Hours
Get ready for a fascinating journey through your incredible human body. In this class we will explore the body’s structure, how it works, and gain insight into how touch affects the body physically, emotionally and socially. Our study will range from Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, and Endocrine systems to the Circulatory, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive, and Energetic systems. We will also explore how each of these systems are interrelated.

Kinesiology (MSS 0205) 60 Hours
In Kinesiology we will investigate the cell and tissue structures as well as the Skeletal and Muscular systems. We focus on understanding the origin, insertion and actions of more than seventy major muscles.

Pathologies of the Human Body (MSS 0205) 45 Hours
In this class we will delve into numerous pathologies of each body system. Evaluating indications, contraindications, local contraindications, and the actions we, as massage therapists, must take when presented with these pathologies.

Basic Massage Theory and History (MSS 0205 and MSS 0206) 150 Hours
In this course we investigate a number of historical luminaries and discuss how each contributed to massage therapy making this the fascinating profession it is today. Attention will be directed to the benefits as well as physiological and emotional effects of massage. Professionalism is also covered with an emphasis on hygiene, proper draping, bolstering techniques, body mechanics, and the importance of communication.

Swedish Massage Practicum (MSS 0205) 65 Hours
In Swedish Massage Practicum we will learn various soft tissue manipulations that have made massage so popular and loved. Emphasis will be placed on proper application of massage strokes, body mechanics, draping, bolstering techniques, development of the student’s sense of therapeutic touch, and creation of their own signature massage. This provides a foundation from which the students build skills through the incorporation of other modalities presented throughout our program.

Hydrotherapy (MSS 0205) 15 Hours
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in its three forms for therapeutic purposes. In this class we will explore specific applications of water to recreate the thermal, mechanical, and chemical reflex effects used for rehabilitation. We will investigate the use of moist vs. dry heat, ice, and contrast therapy. We will also introduce various spa therapies such as salt scrubs, paraffin applications, and stone therapies.

Allied Modalities (MSS 0205 and MSS 0206) 86 Hours
Through the study of Allied Modalities the student will be introduced to various forms of bodywork techniques that are available and can be integrated into their work. The methods introduced here are at an introductory level and will give the student enough experience to determine if they want to pursue additional study after graduation. Studies may include:

– Aromatherapy – Active Isolated Stretching – Ayurveda
– Chair Massage – Craniosacral Therapy – Reiki- Hot Stones
– Myofascial Release – Lymph Drainage Technique – Postural Analysis
– Pregnancy Massage – Reflexology – Strain- Counterstrain
– Sports Massage – Neuromuscular – Energetic Therapies

Florida Statutes / Rules and Ethics (MSS 0206) 14 Hours
This course introduces the history and development of the massage therapy profession. The statues and rules of the Florida Massage Practice Act (Chapter 480) and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy (Chapter 64B7) are covered. This will give students a clear understanding of laws that govern the practice of massage, the operation of a massage establishment, and why the statutes and rules have been established. We will discuss the requirements necessary for licensure and license renewal. Also we will explore ethical dilemmas, define boundaries, scope of practice, transference, countertransference, and confidentiality.

Basic Business Practices (MSS 0206) 15 Hours
Opening one’s own business is the ambition of many massage therapists, and in this class we will investigate what is necessary achieving this goal. Topics covered will be business startup, municipal regulations, insurance requirements, billing, taxes, bookkeeping, marketing and self promotion.

Swedish Massage Student Clinic (MSS 0205 and MSS 0206) 60 Hours
Massage Therapy Establishment License: MM-15062
The clinic is faculty-supervised. Students apply their newly learned skills by providing bodywork to the general public. As their knowledge evolves they incorporate additional techniques into their work. Through the clinic, the student is given the opportunity to hone necessary skills, such as; client assessment, therapy goals, and charting. This experience elevates the student to a new level. Educating hands become healing hands.

Job Outlook:
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Median Loan Debt:
$0- MTC does not take part in any student loan program

The source of the Completion, Placement, and Licensure rate is 2014-2015 school year student data.

Program Mission Statement: The mission of Manatee Technical College’s Massage Therapy program is to prepare students with the appropriate knowledge base, hands on skills and confidence to be exceptional massage therapy practitioners.



Do you enjoy helping others? Do you want the flexibility to make your own schedule? Consider a career as a massage therapist!

Massage therapists are in increasingly high demand. People seek out therapists for relief from pain, from accident injuries and disabling conditions. An increasingly high number of people choose massage as a way to help alleviate the daily stress and strains of their lives.

A good massage therapy program provides the student with a good grasp of the basics of anatomy and physiology, a solid grounding in basic business management and professional ethics while teaching the different ways in which massage can relieve pain and promote relaxation

Once a student has received their training and passes the licensure certification, the job opportunities are endless. Here are some opportunities for massage therapists to pursue:

  • Health clubs
  • Doctors Office
  • Chiropractors Office
  • Wellness Centers
  • Private practice
  • Cruise lines
  • Dental Offices
  • Chair massage
  • Resorts
  • Spas
  • Beauty Establishments

Anyone can become a Massage Therapist (we have students who are over 60 years old), but massage therapy is not only about technique, it is about giving and receiving.

Wages vary depending upon the place of employment and years of experience. Massage therapists in private practice generally charge between $60 to $80 per hour.

Careers in Florida

Minimum Qualification for Licensure as a Massage Therapist in the state of FL

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or has received a high school diploma or graduate equivalency diploma (G.E.D.);
  • Completed a course of study at a Board of Massage Therapy Approved School or completed a Board-approved apprenticeship program;
  • Must pass the MBLEX Exam
  • Must have completed a two-hour course on the prevention of medical errors.
  • Must submit an application and fee for licensure as a Massage Therapist.
  • Some applicants may be required to appear before the Board at a regularly scheduled meeting for determination of licensure; therefore it is imperative that all application deadlines are adhered to.

Note: Requirements vary from state to state

Regulation in other states

  • The names and addresses of the appropriate regulatory agencies for all states that regulate the practice of massage therapy and bodywork and/or aesthetics/skin care.
  • The understanding that local municipal ordinances may apply in the absence of state law.

State Massage Therapy Regulatory Bodies

For more information regarding state regulations governing massage therapists and massage establishments in the state of Florida, visit:

Note: Local municipal ordinances may apply in the absence of state law or a state governing body. It is your responsibility to know and abide by the laws and rules in any state or municipality for which you desire to practice.


Teaching Staff and Student-Teacher Ratios
Nancie Yonker,
the lead instructor and program Coordinator for the Manatee Technical College Massage Therapy program, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. She is also nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork with over 23 years of private practice experience. Ms. Yonker also holds a full-time professional vocational teaching certificate issued by the Manatee School District.

Adjunct instructors assisting in the massage therapy clinic are experienced licensed massage therapists with at least two-plus years’ experience.

The total student/teacher ratio for each Massage Therapy class at Manatee Technical College does not exceed 18:1. This ratio is determined by MTC

Classrooms and Labs

The Massage Therapy program is located upstairs in the Manatee Technical College Charlie Wells Law Enforcement and Allied Health building located at 5540 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. This state of the art, open-plan 18-student classroom, specifically designed for the Massage Therapy program, has the ability to flip from classroom to massage clinic very simply. The massage clinic contains 9 massage tables (portable Custom Craftworks and one electric stationary) positioned around the perimeter of the classroom. Curtained partitions provide client privacy while creating 9 cubicles for the student clinic. Each cubicle has an overhead light dimmer switch, round rolling stool, shelf, hook and clock. The clinic also has 5 massage chairs and cabinets for storage. Also available are two Hydrocollators, two warmers for heated stones, two paraffin baths, two sinks, refrigerator, and state of the art sound system, overhead projector, and computer.

Please call 941-751-8479 ext 2041 for more information.


Why Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is one of the oldest forms of therapy used today. It has experienced rapid growth over the years. An increasing number of people find massage therapy provides relief and they feel better as they cope with stress which is a major preventative form of healthcare.

History of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been around for many years and is used for relaxing the muscles and relieving stress. It was used to cure ailments instead of medicine back in the day.

Every culture today uses some type of massage therapy as part of their health care. The Chinese have been known to have been practicing massage therapy as early as 3000 B.C.E. It was then that they realized how powerful this technique is to ease pain and help healing. Massage is used in hospitals, Wellness centers, drug treatment and pain clinics as well as Spa’s

For more information about the history of massage therapy visit: History massage therapy

Today massage is used on athletes for their injuries, pain relief, stress and muscle tension. As well, it helps to improve circulation of bodily fluids and efficiency of body systems. It has been used over time to help people with pain and discomfort. When most people book a massage they look forward to the experience of relieving pain while helping them to relax.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Through research, massage therapy has been known to effectively heal a bodies through human touch. There are many numerous modalities to apply various methods which affect people in different ways.

One of the greatest benefits of massage is relaxation making one more powerful by providing human touch. Even an inexperienced therapist can provide positive results to individuals who are stressed and fatigued. The use of different creams, oils and lotions contribute to relieving stress. It allows the hands to move more freely across the skin as it gets absorbed into the body.

Another positive for massage is that it relieves tight and stiff muscles. When muscles are overworked they become tense and sore. By applying hands on pressure the tissue will change its holding pattern which improves circulation and function.

Massage Therapy treatments also have the ability to not only boost circulation but improve immune function. This benefits the whole body; blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion skin tone, etc.

Massage therapy has endless benefits!!

Download Program Information Sheet

Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet:Massage Therapy (H120406)

For More Information and/or an Application: Contact Deborah Kinley: 941.752.8100 x 2008, Email

Contact Us

Nancie M. Yonker BA, LMT
Massage Therapy Coordinator
(941) 751-8479, ext. 2037