Massage Therapy

Explore the Art and Science of Massage Therapy at College of DuPage

Located conveniently in the western suburbs of Chicago, the College of DuPage Massage Therapy program offers clinical experience in our dedicated facilities. With its convenient location and access to the comprehensive resources of College of DuPage, this program is the right choice for your next step.

COD Massage Therapy instructors have seven to 30 years of career experience, bringing you up-to-date, in-depth study of Eastern and Western approaches, including the most popular massage techniques, including: Swedish, seated, prenatal, sports and clinical. This well-established, short-term program is taught by experienced professionals and offers small class sizes, flexible scheduling and thorough exam preparation.

Your career is in your hands - start today! 
Call (630) 942-2208 or email

Information Sessions for Spring 2019 Term
Join us at a free information session on campus in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are held in the Continuing Education suite, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. 

Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

Massage Therapy Program Overview

Our 750-hour, one-year program includes both lecture and hands-on training in the theory and practice of various modalities of massage, and also incorporates business principles, communication, ethics and clinical studies.

Program Sequence

Session I

    • MT Wellness Terminology
    • MT Introduction 
    • MT Sports and Seated 
    • MT Techniques 1

Session II

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

Session III

    • MT Business 
    • MT Ethics 
    • MT Pathophysiology 
    • Licensure Exam Preparation
    • MT Professional Development–Clinic
    • MT Techniques 3

The program sequence is flexible. Speak with the program manager for details. Email Pat O'Shaughnessy at

Proof of CPR certification is required for program completion.
Explore financial options for Continuing Education programs.

Featured Courses

MT 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

MT Anatomy and Physiology 

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.

MT Introduction

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.

MT 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

2018 is a renewal year! 

Earn your Continuing Education hours at COD this fall.

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: 

Change up Chair Massage - 6 CE hours
Take your chair massage to a new level! Learn a variety of techniques from a combination of modalities adapted to be chair friendly.

Sunday, Nov. 4
10 4:30 p.m.
BMAST-0504-001, $150

Honoring Boundaries: Massage Therapy Ethics - 3 CE hours
We all face difficult situations from time to time, when we re not sure what to say or how to respond to clients. Discuss recent experiences, share support and learn new ideas for an empowering and professional massage practice.

Sunday, Sept. 23
2 to 5 p.m.
BMAST-0505-002, $75

Reflexology: Easy Feet - 7 CE hours
Spend a day on your feet! Examine the basics of reflexology, learn the history and techniques, study the hand and foot charts, and learn the precautions to safely construct reflexology protocols for common ailments.

Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
BMAST 0503 001, $150

Table Thai Prone - 15 CE hours
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. Thai I covers techniques for clients in the prone position.
Sunday, Oct. 7 to Oct. 21
1 to 6:30 p.m.
BMAST 0502 002, $300

Table Thai Supine - 15 CE hours
A continuation of Table Thai Prone, focusing on techniques performed in the supine position. 

Sunday, Dec. 2 to 16
1 to 6:30 p.m.
BMAST 0501 001, $300


Visit the 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.

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Fall 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

  • 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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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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  • Spotlight: 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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