Massage Therapy

Information Sessions

Join us for a free information session on campus in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are held in the Continuing Education suite, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110.

Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1
at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
at 6 p.m.

Massage Therapy Program

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. 

Program Overview

Session 1

  • Wellness Terminology*
  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Sports and Seated Massage
  • Massage Therapy Techniques 1

Session 2

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

Session 3

  • Business for Massage Therapy
  • Ethics for Massage Therapy
  • Pathophysiology for Massage Therapy
  • Licensure Exam Preparation
  • Professional Development–Clinic
  • Massage Therapy Techniques 3

Proof of CPR certification is required for program completion

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Upcoming Courses
Wellness Terminology
Gain an introduction to healthcare and anatomy and physiology terms. Develop a wellness model for career longevity including self-care techniques and gain individualized study skills for student success. This course is a prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy.

Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy
Discuss anatomy and physiology as they relate to Massage Therapy, from the chemical level through all 11 systems of the human organism. Special emphasis is placed on the systems on which massage has a direct effect. This course is customized to massage therapy students and does not apply toward any degree program. This course is a prerequisite for Pathophysiology for Massage Therapy.

Introduction to Massage Therapy
Explore the history and development of massage therapy with an emphasis on current research. Lecture includes overviews of the theories of Eastern and energy modalities.

Massage Therapy Techniques 1
Engage in hands-on practice of proper body mechanics and draping techniques. Explore the purpose, effects and application of basic massage strokes and develop a Swedish/Wellness massage sequence.

As they relate to an effective massage, the principles of endangerment sites, contraindications and cautions are explored. This course is a prerequisite for Massage Therapy Techniques 2, Prenatal and Special Populations Massage, and Clinic Basics.

About Certification
Upon successful completion of the College of DuPage Massage Therapy program, you will be prepared to take the MBLEx exam for Illinois state licensure. Evening classes and extended course of studies are available upon discussion with program manager. For more information, contact us at (630) 942-2208 or

CE Hours for Massage Therapists

logo: Approved Provider for Continuing Education - National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and BodyworkThe COD Massage Therapy program is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) to provide continuing education for licensed massage therapists. Classes are held on the main campus in Glen Ellyn in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131.Call Continuing Education (630) 942-2208 for details and to register: 

Asian Bodywork/GuaSha and Cupping
Study the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine and learn how to incorporate both GuaSha and Cupping into your practice. There will be ample opportunity for hands on practice under the guidance of the instructor, a licensed acupuncturist with a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 15 CE hours

Change up Chair
Revitalize your seated massage sequence. Take your routine to a new level with a variety of techniques from modalities such as Thai and Tui Na adapted to be chair-friendly. 6 CE hours

Table Thai—Prone
Explore this ancient massage modality that continues to gain popularity. The focus is on techniques that can be performed on a massage table, making it easy to perform without dedicated mat space or extra equipment. 15 CE hours

Table Thai—Supine
This focuses on techniques performed in the supine position. 15 CE hours

See the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for full details on all of our offerings. To learn more about our programs or request a printed catalog, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

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.

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 COD Massage Clinic is offering gift certificates for full 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. 

Register today!

 To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email or register online. To view our complete program listing, see the
Fall 2017 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or the Spring 2018 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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