Massage Therapy training program

The Massage Therapy training program at Dorsey Schools is designed to provide students with a foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology which form the basis for training in specific massage techniques. The program provides students with the opportunity to prepare for entry level positions in the massage therapy industry, once licensed. Successful completion of this program meets the approved curriculum requirement needed to apply for Massage Therapy licensure in Michigan.*

Massage Therapy training program – Michigan career schools

Massage Therapists perform a variety of duties including (but not limited to) conferring with clients to discuss medical history and problems with stress and pain to determine the type of massage that may be most helpful, maintain treatment records, develop and propose treatment plans, massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment, provide clients with guidance and information on techniques for postural improvement, stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative services, use complementary aids when necessary, and consult with other healthcare professionals in the development of treatment plans for clients. 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.

The Massage Therapy program at Dorsey Schools is offered at the following locations:

Training in this program includes:

  • Students have the opportunity to learn hands-on techniques, including Swedish massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, and supervised clinical practice.
  • Once licensed, our graduates may pursue a variety of jobs, including private practice, athletic team massage therapist, a massage therapist in a hospital, on-site massage therapist, massage therapist in a spa or salon, assistant to physical therapists or chiropractors, or serving as a massage therapist on cruise ships.
  • The curriculum is also geared to prepare students to challenge the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).
  • Students will have the opportunity to practice 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 may be charged for the services rendered by students.

Massage Therapy Banner Dorsey Schools - Disclosure - About Our Program

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What a Massage Therapist Does
Becoming a Massage Therapist
The Dorsey Schools Massage Therapy program
Additional Information

What a Massage Therapist Does

Where does a massage therapist typically work?
How long do you have to go to school to become a massage therapist?
Do massages help patients?
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Becoming a Massage Therapist

How might I determine if this is a good career choice for me?
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The Dorsey Schools Massage Therapy program

What types of skills can I learn?
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What’s the Massage Therapy Clinic and why is that important?
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Massage Therapy program – Gainful Employment Disclosures

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please click here.


Additional Information

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Massage Therapists, info pertaining to Jobs as a Massage Therapist, the work Massage Therapists do, etc.:

Michigan Occupational Wage Information: http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=124

O*Net Online: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9011.00

Dorsey Schools Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Massage Therapy program: For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.

*As ofNovember 29, 2014, massage therapists will be required to obtain a license to work in the State of Michigan. All applicants for a Massage Therapist license must have completed a supervised curriculum in massage therapy that has been approved by the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy. Dorsey Schools Massage Therapy program is an approved supervised curriculum by Michigan Board of Massage Therapy. Dorsey Schools will keep affected students apprised of newly implemented requirements for licensure as a Massage Therapist in the State of Michigan.

**Please note: We are not admitting new students to the Massage Therapy program at the Saginaw campus at this time.

aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm (visited November 27, 2017).

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/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).