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Therapeutic Massage Certification and/or Degree Program

Massage Therapy Certificate and/or Degree Program is a vocational curriculum approved by State Board of Regents in fall 2003. The program curriculum provides education and training in therapeutic massage techniques, biological science courses, clinical experiences and business/ethical development.

Massage therapists may work as salaried or commissioned employees, or independent practitioners. A massage therapist may charge $25 to $60 an hour although those working for an hourly wage may earn less, but do not have overhead expenses. According to the Kansas Wage Survey, 2010 Edition, the median wage was $23.26/hr.

Some examples of locations in which massage therapists practice include:

Cruise ships–Beauty and hair salons–Hotel–Health clubs and fitness centers–Spas and resorts
Office in your home–Massage office–Group practice
Physicians‘ office and clinics–Hospitals and wellness centers–Nursing homes/hospices–Chiropractic office
On–site (chair massage in offices, airport, public events, etc.)
Sports teams and events (amateur and professional)

Massage therapists are currently regulated in 44 states and the District of Columbia. You may want to find out in advance the requirements in the area you wish to practice. Kansas currently does not regulate massage therapists, although the standard in the field is national certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which is similar to the "national boards" give in other health care fields. Most of the states regulating massage therapists adopted this exam as the state exam. Eligibility take the NCBTMB exam includes completion of minimum educational requirements of a 500–hour training program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  2. Possess a high school diploma or a GED.
  3. One of the following: EG 060 Fundamentals of English with a grade of C or better, ACT English score of 18 and Reading score of 15 or higher within the last 3 years, ASSET Writing score of 41 and Reading score of 38 or higher, or COMPASS Writing score of 70 and Reading score of 68 or higher.
  4. Complete MT130, Introduction to Massage Therapy, with a grade of C or higher.
  5. Background check.
  6. Receive 1 full–body relaxation massage from a trained massage therapist and submit verification with application. Two additional massage sessions will be required during the program; one during Therapeutic Massage 1 and one during Therapeutic Massage 2.

Timelines For Submitting Your Completed Application

To begin in fall (August) submit by May 15.
To begin in spring (January) submit by October 15.

Application Process

Please use this checklist below to guide you through the application process

STEP ONE – APPLY TO BUTLER. Application may be done on–line at www.butlercc.edu.

STEP TWO – College Course Placement Tests. All students who have not taken the ACT within the last 3 years or have had no previous college English Composition 1 courses are required to meet one of the following requirements: EG 060 Fundamentals of English with a grade of C or better, ACT English score of 18 and Reading score of 15 or higher, ASSET Writing score of 41 and Reading score of 38 or higher, or COMPASS Writing score of 70 and Reading score of 68 or higher.

STEP THREE – Apply to the Massage Therapy program either online, or by mail. Fill out the form below to apply online or complete all pages of the application packet and submit to the Allied Health Department, 131 N. Haverhill Road, ElDorado, KS 67042. Please be sure to give COMPLETE Addresses for all 3 references. References may not be related to you.

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGES Receive 1 full–body relaxation massage from a trained therapist in your area (therapists must be practicing in the field, not current students). send your receipt to Allied Health 131 N. Haverhill Rd. El Dorado, KS 67042 (Fax 315–321–1939) showing the date and the name of the massage practitioner along with a business card from the practitioner.

**Incomplete addresses and missing massage receipt will delay your application process

STEP FOUR – Complete prerequisite. Complete program prerequisite of MT130, Introduction to Massage Therapy with a grade of "C" or higher. During this course the student will submit their personal information for a background check

Applicants successfully completing steps 1–4 will be admitted into the program and will be required to complete the following:

Physical Exam and TB test, CPR for the Healthcare Provider and Two additional massage sessions will be required during the program, one during Therapeutic Massage 1 and one during Therapeutic Massage 2. Financial Aid will not cover the cost of the additional massages; however, a student receiving a cash disbursement may use those funds towards the expense.

By clicking this checkbox I verify that I have read all of the above text and am ready to fill out the form below; including the name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and e–mail of three references.

Last Name
First Name
Middle Initial
Maiden/Other Name(s)
Student ID
Date of Birth (Format: MM/DD/YYYY)
Sreet Address
City
State
Zip
E–Mail Address*
Home Phone No.
Cell Phone No.

*Please note if you have applied to Butler, or are a returning student you will have a Butler E-mail Account

Current Occupation
Company Name
Company Address
City
State
Zip
Company Phone No.

 

References – Please list 3 people you would like us to contact, not related to you, for a reference. (i.e. teacher, employer, co-worker)
Reference 1 Name
Address
City
State
Zip Code
Phone Number
E–mail Address
Reference 2 Name
Address
City
State
Zip Code
Phone Number
E–mail Address
Reference 3 Name
Address
City
State
Zip Code
Phone Number
E–mail Address

 

Education – Please check the highest level attained
HS Diploma/GED Some College Courses Associate Degree
Bachelors Degree Masters/Higher  

 

When do you wish to be considered for the Massage Therapy Program
Fall (Format: YYYY) Spring (Format: YYYY)
Which schedule do you wish to attend?
Day Courses Evening Courses
Either Schedule  

Applicant Responses

Instructions: Please choose your answer for the following questions. There is no right or wrong answer. This information is for research only and will not affect admission into the Butler Massage Therapy Program.

  1. What is your perception of the massage therapy profession?
    Medical/ Rehabilitative Spa Related Stress Management All of the above
  2. How will a career in massage therapy help you fulfill your personal and professional goals?
    Augment my current profession Provide independence and flexibility Provide substantial financial stability I am not sure
  3. Do you feel you have the ability and desire to work several hours a day at a job that requires significant physical endurance?
    Yes No I am not sure
  4. How will you prepare yourself (physically/mentally) for a career in massage therapy?
    Exercise/Strengthening Healthy food choices I am not sure Meditation/Time alone Other
  5. Are you able to refrain from talking for an entire hour (or several hours in a row) if a client does not wish to converse?
    Yes No I am not sure
  6. How many hours are you willing to dedicate to outside course work that may include hands–on assignments?
    Under 10 10–15 15–20 20–25
  7. Describe your reason(s) for choosing BCC for your massage therapy training.
    Reputation Curriculum Location Cost All
  8. What support do you have to enter the program? (Choose all that apply)
    Family Friends Child Care Other

I certify that I have carefully considered each question and that my information is true and complete to the best of my knowledge.


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