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Massage Therapy Program

The Massage Therapy diploma program at Dorsey Schools provides in-depth instruction and valuable hands-on experience in the art of healing patients through the use of touch. Students enrolled in this program will receive thorough classroom education in topics such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathology, reflexology, trigger point therapy, and more. In addition, they will hone their massage skills through the hands-on application of various techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, shiatsu, prenatal massage, therapeutic massage, kinesiology, and more in Dorsey Schools Massage Therapy clinic.

  • Hands-on massage techniques, including Swedish massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, and more
  • Comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology, muscle actions, kinesiology, and the body’s musculoskeletal system
  • Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to challenge the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Upon successfully passing a certification exam, a graduate is eligible to apply for licensure within the State of Michigan.
  • Note: Students will have the opportunity to practice all massage modalities learned throughout the program on members of the public in a simulated work environment. During Supervised Clinic Practice and as part of their training, students will provide massage services to customers who will be charged for the services rendered by students.
  • Farmington Hills Campus**
  • Madison Heights Campus
  • Saginaw Campus

** Please note: The Farmington Hills Campus is not accepting new students at this time.

Massage Therapy Career Outlook

Massage therapists specialize in relieving tight muscles, reducing stress, healing sports injuries, and increasing the overall health of their patients. They accomplish this through making accurate patient assessments and targeted applications of specific massage modalities. Once licensed, jobs in massage therapy can be found in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities, sports medicine centers, and other healthcare facilities.

  • According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average for all occupations.a
  • In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 20.6% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Massage Therapy program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to enter the healthcare field.

Why Choose Dorsey

    Dorsey Schools is a respected post-secondary institution, having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan since 1934. At Dorsey Schools, you’re not just a number. You have specific goals; goals that are unique to you as an individual and as a student at Dorsey Schools, we’re going to work hard to help you reach those goals. Our instructors and administrators know students individually and they care about each individual student. In addition, our schools are designed to help students throughout their time with us from the Admissions process through Financial Aid to Career Services, our administrators are readily available. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have a strong commitment to our students and the communities in which they live and work.
  • Small Class Sizes: Many of our lecture classes have a maximum of a 30:1 student to teacher ratio (some may be up to 40:1, it varies by campus), and most lab classes have a maximum of an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, allowing students to receive personal attention and the one-on-one guidance needed for success.
  • Quality Instructors: Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated and committed to our students’ success. Every Dorsey Schools instructor meets or exceeds State of Michigan and accreditation criteria, guidelines, and qualifications. It’s not uncommon for Dorsey students to see their instructors as their coach and mentor throughout their studies.
  • Hands-on Training: We provide our students with program-specific curriculum dedicated to assist them in learning the skills needed for that specific career. Learning at Dorsey Schools often takes place in both lecture and lab settings allowing students the ability to practice the skills they are learning. Many of our programs also include an Externship prior to graduation, designed to model the work environment students may experience upon Graduation.*
  • Short-Term Training Programs: Many of the programs at Dorsey Schools can be completed in a year or less, allowing you to complete your training in a relatively short period of time.**
  • TEN Convenient Campus Locations: We have TEN campus locations (Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Madison Heights, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Taylor, Waterford-Pontiac, Wayne-Westland) prepared to assist the people of Michigan develop skills needed for exciting new career opportunities. Each of our campuses has a dedicated staff available to help you throughout your studies.
  • Convenient Class Schedules: We realize our students are busy and often juggle commitments outside of school. As a result, we offer Day, Afternoon, and Evening classes*** designed to fit your schedule.
  • Tuition Planning: Each of our campuses has Financial Aid Representatives available to meet with students and discuss financing options. We realize the Financial Aid process can be difficult to understand, but our team will help students understand the process and options available to them. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Career Services: Each of our campuses has Career Services professionals dedicated to offer employment assistance to all eligible graduates. In addition, Dorsey Schools has developed relationships with employers in Michigan which, when coupled with the job search skills students learn, creates positive employment possibilities for our graduates. Dorsey Schools is your Career Connection™.

*Programs vary by campus
**Completion time varies by program
***Availability varies by campus


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Massage Therapists (SOC Code: 31-9011), http://milmi.mt.gov/ (visited July 11, 2016).

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