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Complete a Certificate in Massage Therapy in One Year at PCC

April 2, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Students interested in becoming a massage therapist will be able to complete a certificate in Therapeutic Massage at Pima Community College in one year instead of two, starting in the fall 2013 semester.

While Pima will continue to offer a two-year path to an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage, the College also will offer an accelerated, full-time, one-year certificate program. The College recognizes that many students want both a quality education and a quick entrance into the workforce. The median annual salary for a licensed massage therapist is $37,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Pima’s program focuses on anatomical sciences, theory and practice of massage techniques, business, ethics, communications, professionalism, clinical hands-on practice and internships.  Students receive extensive supervised training in classroom and clinical practice contact hours, and are prepared to work in a variety of massage settings.

“Our graduates are highly qualified, well-trained, entry-level professional massage therapists.  They are sought after by massage employers who recognize the quality of the PCC Massage Therapy Program,” said Janet Vizard, lead faculty for Therapeutic Massage.

The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and includes extensive supervised training with 940 classroom and clinical practice contact hours. Students who complete the program qualify to apply for the Arizona Massage Therapy License, required to practice in Arizona. They also become eligible to take the National Certification Examination leading to National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the highest national standard in the massage field.

Arizona residents pay PCC’s in-state tuition, making this program one of the most affordable available.

For more information, please attend a bi-monthly Orientation Session, held the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, from 5-6 p.m. in M-107, or email Janet Vizard,

Also, you can learn more about Therapeutic Massage and other professional programs – Accounting, Business, Computer Applications, Clinical Research Coordinator and Hotel Restaurant Management – during an Open House on April 5, 5-7 p.m., at the Northwest Campus.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850