Massage Therapy

Information Sessions 

Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110.

  • Monday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, April 13, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, May 11, 6 p.m.

New for Fall 2014

CEUs for Professional Massage Therapists

The College of DuPage Massage Therapy program offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge. Weekend workshops allow you to earn your CEUs in a convenient format that fits with your busy schedule. Call Continuing Education (630) 942-2208 for meeting details and to register:

Thai Massage I 

Explore the basics of Thai Massage, as it incorporates yoga-like stretches into your practice. This class focuses on techniques that can be performed on a massage table with a client in the supine position. 16 CEUs for massage professionals. Offered in Spring 2015.

Thai Massage II 

Offered in Spring 2015

Introduction to Tui Na

Learn the basic hand techniques of Tui Na which can be used in conjunction with Western massage techniques to add variety and bring your licensed massage practice to another level. 16 CEUs for massage professionals.Offered in Spring 2015

Reflexology: Easy Feet 

Come spend a day on your feet! This easy one-day course covers the foot and hand maps for reflexology and introduces enough basic techniques to get you started. 8 CEUs for massage professionals.

Saturday, Dec. 13
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-508, $140
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Sunday, Dec. 14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-509, $140
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131 

Zang-Fu Meridians and Cupping

An introduction to Zang-Fu Meridian Systems of traditional Chinese medicine. Some common acupoints and cupping basics will be also be taught. Class will meet for a total of eight hours on two days, for a total of 16 CEUs.

Sunday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-505, $280
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131


Massage Therapy Program 


This comprehensive 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 kinesiology (the study of muscles and movement). Students receive comprehensive exam preparation and clinical experience.

ANAT 1500 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology *
(4 credit hours)
Essential principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented, including basic chemistry, cell and tissue studies, and an overview of all body systems. (This is also available as a non-credit course.)

HLTHS 1110 Biomedical Terminology * (4 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction of medical terms for each of the body systems and specialty medical fields. Topics include root words, prefixes and suffixes commonly encountered in the health care field.

 * See the College of DuPage academic Class Schedule for details on credit courses.

Introduction to Massage Therapy

Individualized study skills, wellness concepts, history of massage therapy and overviews of both Eastern and contemporary modalities are just a few of the topics in this prerequisite class. Other topics are disease, hygiene, and safety for a professional massage therapy practice. This course is the prerequisite/corequisite for Massage Therapy Techniques I. Offered in Spring 2015.

Massage Therapy Techniques I

In this combination of lecture and practicum, you will study and learn proper body mechanics, draping techniques and therapeutic communication skills. Also learn the purpose, effect and application of Swedish massage strokes, the development of a Swedish/wellness massage sequence and seated/chair massage. Other topics include the study of contraindications, cautions and endangerment sites. This course is the prerequisite for Massage Therapy Techniques II. Offered in Spring 2015


Program Overview 

Session 1            

  • Biomedical Terminology*
  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy Techniques I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology*

Session 2            

  • Applied Kinesiology*
  • Business – Entrepreneurship*
  • Massage Therapy Techniques II
  • Pathophysiology
  • Sports Massage
  • Special Populations

Session 3            

  • Care and Prevention of Injuries *
  • Licensure Exam Preparation
  • Massage Therapy Techniques III
  • Professional Development for Massage Therapy
  • Living with Health *
  • Ethics
  • CPR *

* Courses offered for academic credit.

Upon successful completion of the College of DuPage Massage Therapy program, you will receive your certification and be prepared to take either the NCBTM or MBLex exam for Illinois state licensure. If you are interested in evening classes or an extended course of study, please let us know at (630) 942-2208 or

All classes and labs will be in our renovated facilities, with dedicated massage therapy classrooms.   

Register now!

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or register online.


Career Training Grant

College of DuPage Continuing Education is offering the WIA Rapid Response Grant, a new grant toward selected industry-recognized professional training for veterans and long-term unemployed individuals. To determine your eligibility, contact Melissa Fanella, Rapid Response Grant coordinator, at (630) 942-2067 or

This grant is funded through the Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response Program—Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


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Professional Massage Clinic

Relax and unwind with new, on-site massage therapy sessions at the College of DuPage Professional Massage Clinic in the Student Resource Center(SRC), Room 1110. Appointments are available: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Please read the Professional Massage Clinic policies prior to booking your appointment. 

Buy COD Massage Clinic Gift Certificates

Give a gift of massage therapy! The new COD Massage Clinic is offering gift certificates for one-hour massage therapy sessions. The gift certificates never expire and are good for any style of massage therapy we offer. Call (630) 942-2208 or email to purchase this unique gift for friends and family.


Contact Information

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

Information Session

Attend a Continuing Education Information Session.

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    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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