Massage Therapy Program

Program Description

Kapi‘olani Community College’s Massage Therapy Program is a 608 hour non-credit, evening/weekend program comprised of coursework with theory, hands-on practice, competency testing and clinical experience. The length of the program is approximately 11 months to complete. It includes two certificates of competence, one in General Massage Therapy and another in Specialty Massage Therapy.

Students who successfully complete both certificates in its entirety at Kapi‘olani Community College will be eligible to take the Hawai‘i State Board of Massage License Examination, as well as the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

KCC offers a very high quality massage therapy education provided by some of the finest instructors from Hawai‘i and from the mainland. Besides lectures and lab experiences, students are also encouraged to take an active role in the community outside of the campus and are given ample opportunities to participate and provide student massages in the community and at other organized events.

Class meeting times are usually limited to Mondays through Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm to meet the needs of many who work or attend school during the day. On rare occasions, the class may meet on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays with advance notice to students. Student clinic times may be custom tailored to accommodate each student’s schedule, but are usually available from 2pm to 6pm, Mondays and Tuesdays, and all day Saturdays.

Fall 2016 Registration Information

Evening program dates: Begins September 6, 2016
Registration period: Begins Friday, April 22, 2016

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Certificate of Competence – General Massage Therapy 
  • Certificate of Competence – Specialty Massage Therapy

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Licensed massage therapists may find work at resort spas, day spas, fitness centers, athletic teams, chiropractor and physician clinics, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, or be self-employed managing and servicing their own clientele.

Contact Information

Download forms & documents at the Massage Therapy Program Toolbox.

Matt P
Matt P Fall 2007 graduate
I had reserves about the technical depth of this program when I first started. After finishing the program, I highly valued the massage education I received at KCC. The depth of study and techniques is the best on the island.