Massage Therapy

Information Sessions 

Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

Massage Therapy Program

This comprehensive 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 kinesiology (the study of muscles and movement). Students receive comprehensive exam preparation and clinical experience.


Program Overview

Session 1

  • Biomedical Terminology
  • Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy Techniques I

Session 2

  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Living with Health
  • Pathophysiology for Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy for Sports Performance (8 weeks)
  • Massage for Prenatal and Special Populations (8 weeks)
  • Massage Therapy Techniques II

Session 3

  • Entrepreneurship
  • CPR
  • Professional Development for Massage Therapy
  • Ethics for Massage Therapy (8 weeks)
  • Licensure Exam Preparation (8 weeks)
  • Massage Therapy Techniques III


Upcoming Courses


Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy

Specifically designed for Massage Therapy students, this course will provide you with an orientation to the human body from the chemical level to all 12 systems that comprise the human organism—and how they relate to massage therapy. This class does not fulfill the requirement toward an associate degree.

Introduction to Massage Therapy

Individualized study skills, wellness concepts, history and overviews of both Eastern and contemporary modalities are just a few of the topics in this prerequisite class.

Monday and Wednesday, March 11 to May 6
9 to 11 a.m.
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Massage Therapy Techniques I

This course covers body mechanics, sanitation and infection control, and draping techniques. You will also learn about the purpose, effects and application of massage strokes, and the development of a basic Swedish/wellness massage sequence. Other topics include endangerment sites, contraindications, cautions, seated massage and therapeutic communication skills. This course is a prerequisite of Massage Therapy Techniques II.

Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 9 to May 14
6 to 9:20 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Upon successful completion of the College of DuPage Massage Therapy program, you will receive your certification and be prepared to take either the MBLex exam for Illinois state licensure. If you are interested in evening classes or an extended course of study, please let us know at (630) 942-2208 or All classes and labs will be in our renovated facilities, with dedicated massage therapy classrooms.


CEUs for Professional Massage Therapists

The College of DuPage Massage Therapy program offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge. Weekend workshops allow you to earn your CEUs in a convenient format that fits with your busy schedule. Call Continuing Education (630) 942-2208 for meeting details and to register:

Thai Massage I 

Explore the basics of Thai Massage, as it incorporates yoga-like stretches into your practice. This class focuses on techniques that can be performed on a massage table with a client in the supine position. 16 CEUs for massage professionals.

Thai Massage II for Table

Sunday, March 8 to 29
Noon to 4 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-972, $280
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Introduction to Tui Na

Learn the basic hand techniques of Tui Na which can be used in conjunction with Western massage techniques to add variety and bring your licensed massage practice to another level. 16 CEUs for massage professionals.

Sunday, April 5 to 26
Noon to 4 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-980, $280
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Reflexology: Easy Feet 

Come spend a day on your feet! This easy one-day course covers the foot and hand maps for reflexology and introduces enough basic techniques to get you started. 8 CEUs for massage professionals.

Saturday, Feb. 28
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-986, $140
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Saturday, May 9
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-987, $140
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Zang-Fu Meridians and Cupping

An introduction to Zang-Fu Meridian Systems of traditional Chinese medicine. Some common acupoints and cupping basics will be also be taught. Class will meet for a total of eight hours on two days, for a total of 16 CEUs.

Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-985, $280
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

Career Training Grant

College of DuPage Continuing Education is offering the WIA Rapid Response Grant, a new grant toward selected industry-recognized professional training for veterans and long-term unemployed individuals. To determine your eligibility, contact Melissa Fanella, Rapid Response Grant coordinator, at (630) 942-2067 or

This grant is funded through the Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response Program—Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Register now!

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or register online.

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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. Appointments are available: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. 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.


Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Information Session

Attend a Continuing Education Information Session.

Faculty 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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