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.
Now in our 18th year, the Kapi‘olani Community College’s Massage Therapy Program is a 586-hour non-credit evening program comprised of coursework with theory, hands-on practice, competency testing and clinical experience. The length of the program is approximately 11 months long.
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.
Our program courses meet from Monday through Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Clinic practice times are flexible for students and are offered from 2pm-6pm, Mondays and Wednesdays, and all day Saturdays.
Massage Therapy Program begins on August 24, 2020
Students may enroll into 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 $400. 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/KAP20MASSAGE. Please be sure to download the Zoom app beforehand through https://zoom.us/test
|May 28, 2020||Thursday||4:00-5:30pm|
|June 18, 2020||Thursday||4:00-5:30pm|
|July 9, 2020||Thursday||4:00-5:30pm|
|August 6, 2020||Thursday||4:00-5:30pm|
STEP 2: Register online at https://continuinged.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/massagetherapy/ for the Introduction to Massage Therapy course (HLTH3801-$385) and Liability Insurance (HLTH3999-$15) = Total $400.
Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Once you are registered in this first course, you are classified as a Massage Therapy Program student. 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.
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 without the 5-business day notice. The liability insurance fee ($15) is non-refundable.
Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are another option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.
For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.
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.
Curriculum & 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 up front.
|Title of Course||Course Hours||Tuition|
Introduction to Massage Therapy + Textbooks + Liability Insurance
(Begins August 24, 2020 – This course is required to be enrolled in Full Program)
|Your Body & Your Health 1||51||$495|
|Your Body & Your Health 2||24||$275|
|Your Body & Your Health 3||30||$350|
|Your Body & Your Health 4||30||$350|
|Massage Practice 1||45||$475|
|Massage Practice 2||45||$475|
|Trigger Point Therapy||30||$350|
|Massage Therapy Clinical Internship 1||20||$200|
|Massage Therapy Clinical Internship 2||40||$350|
|Massage Therapy Clinical Internship 3||40||$350|
We reserve the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment and other pertinent factors. All dates, times, and course details are subject to change.
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 healthcare 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
Licensure and Certification Graduates of the Kapi‘olani CC 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 Kapi‘olani CC Certificates of Competence—one in General Massage Therapy and the other in Specialty Massage Therapy.