Massage Therapy is a personal health service utilizing soft-tissue manipulations to treat pain, improve range of motion, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Massage therapists obtain the basic medical history for a client, assess any problems or conditions, and perform appropriate massage techniques based on the current health of the client. Licensed massage therapists may find work at spas, fitness centers, athletic teams, chiropractor and physician clinics, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, or be self-employed. Wages vary widely and can range from about $30-$100 per treatment hour.
The Kapi‘olani Community College’s Massage Therapy Program is a non-credit evening and weekend program comprised of coursework with theory, hands-on practice, competency testing, and clinical experience. The length of the program is approximately 11 months long and meets from Monday through Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 9am-12noon.
Students who successfully complete the entire program at Kapi‘olani Community College will receive a certificate of competence and be eligible to take the Hawai‘i State Board of Massage License Examination as well as qualify for the Massage and Bodywork License Examination (MBLEx) for U.S. mainland states.
Massage Therapy Program begins April 25th, 2022
Students may enroll in the program without any academic prerequisites. However, students will need to be proficient in the English language. Also, it is highly recommended that students have had some college experience since all courses will be conducted with college-level academic expectations. Students will be enrolled as soon as payment is received on a first-come-first-served basis. The minimum payment to enroll is $215 (Introduction to Massage Therapy and Student Liability Insurance). There is limited seating for this program.
STEP 1: Attend a mandatory information session to learn whether this program will fit your needs or not and to learn about what to expect while in the program. These sessions are free and no appointment is necessary.
All sessions conducted through Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/KAP21RHEP
- March 23, 2022 Wednesday 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- April 6, 2022 Wednesday 4:00pm to 5:30pm
STEP 2: Register online for the Introduction to Massage Therapy course ($200) and Student Liability Insurance ($15). Total initial payment is $215 to secure your seat in the program. Textbooks will be issued on the first evening of class. If you experience any difficulty with registration, please contact the registration office directly at (808) 734-9211 for assistance.
*** Please note that additional payments for subsequent courses will be incurred. Please see the listing of program courses and costs in the Program Curriculum and Tuition section.
*** At this time, UH policy for healthcare in-person learning courses requires that all students be fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination status for COVID-19. These will be verified at the time of registration.
REFUNDS: A 100% tuition refund is given for cancellations made on or before 10 business days prior to the start of class. A 50% tuition refund is given for cancellations made within 5 to 9 business days prior to the start of class. No refunds will be given
The UH System is offering the HANA Career Pathways Tuition Stipend for those who qualify through a federal grant. More information will be provided at the scheduled information sessions.
Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program.
Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.
Program Curriculum and Tuition
The following are courses that students will need to take to fulfill Kapi`olani Community College’s requirements in earning the completion certificate. Students will also be eligible for the Hawai‘i State and National Board licensure and certification exams. Tuition is to be paid course by course as each approach rather than one lump sum paid upfront.
|Course Title||Total Hours||Cost|
|Introduction to Massage Therapy||15||$200|
|Your Body and Your Health 1–Human Anatomy with Musculoskeletal Kinesiology||51||$495|
|Your Body and Your Health 2–Human Physiology||24||$275|
|Your Body and Your Health 3–Pathophysiology||30||$350|
|Massage Practice 1 with Clinic–Basic Massage (Swedish)||48||$495|
|Massage Practice 2 with Clinic–Advanced Massage (Swedish)||48||$495|
|Total Hours Module 1||246||$2,685|
|Your Body and Your Health 4–Advanced Anatomy/Physiology/Kinesiology||30||$350|
|Lomi Lomi with Clinic||33||$365|
|Foot Reflexology with Clinic||33||$365|
|Pregnancy Massage with Clinic||24||$260|
|Trigger Point Therapy with Clinic||33||$365|
|Shiatsu with Clinic||33||$365|
|Total Hours Module 2||186||$2,070|
|Sports Massage with Clinic||33||$365|
|Acupressure with Clinic||18||$250|
|Thai Massage with Clinic||33||$365|
|Massage Clinical Internship 1||30||$325|
|Massage Clinical Internship 2||30||$325|
|Massage Elective–Advanced Lomi Lomi, Medical Massage, etc.||33||$365|
|Total Hours Module 3||177||$1,995|
|TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS||609||$6,750|
*** We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.
Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Recognize the role and scope of the massage therapist as a member of the health care team.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of basic principles of human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology for massage.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic principles of documentation, ethics, legal liability, and business practices involved in a massage therapy practice.
- Understand the theory and rationale for the various massage techniques learned.
- Demonstrate safe and effective application of general and specialty massage techniques to meet the needs of various situations and people.
Licensure and Certification
Graduates of the KCC Massage Therapy Program are eligible to take the Hawai‘i State Board of Massage License Examination and be eligible for national certification through the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork License Examination). Students will also receive two KCC Certificates of Competence—one in General Massage Therapy and the other in Specialty Massage Therapy.