Massage Therapy

Explore the Art and Science of Massage Therapy at College of DuPage

The Massage Therapy Program at College of DuPage offers clinical experience in our dedicated facilities. With its convenient location and access to the comprehensive resources of COD, this program is the right choice for your next step.

Program instructors have 7 to 30 years of career experience, bringing you up-to-date, in-depth study of Eastern and Western approaches, including the most popular massage techniques, such as Swedish, seated, prenatal, sports and clinical. This well-established, short-term program offers small class sizes, flexible scheduling and thorough exam preparation.

Information Sessions for Summer 2019 Term
Students are encouraged to attend this introduction prior to starting the program. Topics covered include course logistics, career expectations and an overview of massage therapy curriculum. The information session is free and registration is preferred.

Sessions are held in the Continuing Education suite, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. 

Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m.

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Call (630) 942-2208 or email


Massage Therapy Program Overview

Our 750-hour, one-year program includes both lecture and hands-on training in the theory and practice of various modalities of massage, and also incorporates business principles, communication, ethics and clinical studies.

Program Sequence

Session I

    • MT Wellness Terminology
    • MT Sports 
    • MT Techniques 1 
    • MT Ethics

Session II

    • MT Anatomy and Physiology 
    • MT Muscles and Movement
    • MT Prenatal and Special Populations 
    • MT Clinic Basics
    • MT Professional Development–Outreach
    • MT Techniques 2

Session III

    • MT Business 
    • MT Pathophysiology 
    • Licensure Exam Preparation
    • MT Professional Development–Clinic
    • MT Techniques 3

Visit the Courses page for more information about the curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the College of DuPage Massage Therapy program, you will be prepared to take the MBLEx exam for Illinois state licensure.

Options and Flexibility
Evening classes, flexible program sequence and extended course of studies are available upon discussion with program manager. For more information, contact us at (630) 942-2208 or email

Payment Options
Visit our financial options page to learn about payment plans and alternative loans.


Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or the Summer 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Information Session

Attend a Continuing Education Information Session.

Massage Therapy Program


Massage Therapy Program at COD

This comprehensive 750-hour, one-year program includes both lecture and hands-on training in the theory and practice of various modalities of massage: human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and the study of muscles and movement. The program also includes business principles, communication, ethics and clinical studies. Students receive comprehensive exam preparation and clinical experience.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Patricia O’Shauhnessy

    Patricia O’ShauhnessyMassage Therapy

    “As a massage therapist, I became very excited about the results that were achieved by receiving massage on a regular basis and the role I had in facilitating wellness in my clients. I was passionate about massage and I wanted to share my knowledge and enthusiasm. I want my students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to do their best work but also that same passion and enthusiasm that will inspire them to continue to learn and grow. As the body of knowledge regarding the effects of massage grows, so will the career and I want my students to be prepared to be leaders in the field.”

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Kevin Newman Bey

    Kevin Newman BeyMassage Therapy

    “I love what I do as a therapist and I know it’s important for students to be surrounded and taught by passionate teachers and therapists. I want to spark the same passion in students that my teachers helped me find in myself. Once you have passion, you have compassion and can thrive as a therapist.”

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Maureen Clancy

    Maureen ClancyMassage Therapy

    “I hope my students take away from class a love for the profession, as well as the development of high skills and ethical standards in their practice. I also hope they develop a continued love of learning as they become a skilled practitioner.”

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Stacey Kemerer

    Stacey KemererMassage Therapy

    “I love the massage profession. I frequently work with people who are just beginning their massage training in our program. It’s very exciting to watch students embark on a new chapter in their lives.”

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Phil Hinton

    Phil HintonMassage Therapy

    I hope my students learn a stable foundation of basics that enable them to grow and become unique therapists with their own style.

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