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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Massage Therapist?
A. A Massage Therapist is a health professional who mobilizes muscle and connective tissue to improve  function and promote relaxation and well-being. 

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program begins every Fall semester and Spring semester. Applications are accepted year round.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the program, you must be at least 18 years old and have earned or will earn at the time of enrollment into the program, a high school diploma or GED.  If you have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree or higher, you must complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (T.A.B.E) before admission into the program.
Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Admission/selection criteria is based on completion of the application requirements.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. There are no general education and science courses required to enter the Massage Therapy Program.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will earn a Vocational Certificate in Massage Therapy.  Upon completion of the Massage Therapy Program, gradates are eligible to sit for the National Board examination and apply for Licensure with the State of Florida Board of Massage Therapy.
Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program classes are offered weekdays from approximately 10:00am – 3:00pm and weeknights from approximately 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?

A. Employment is not encouraged.  Students must earn at least a final grade of “C” or better in each course to continue in the program.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. To work as a Massage Therapist, a license is required in the State of Florida.  This license requires that you first pass a National Board Examination.  This licensure examination consists of a multiple choice computer exam.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, graduates who attain their Massage Therapy License may expect to earn an annual salary of $26,000 - $65,000 if employed full-time. Hourly wages range from $15.00 an hour to  $75.00 an hour depending on place of employment.

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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