Massage Therapy

Information Sessions

Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1131

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.


Massage Therapy Program

This comprehensive 760-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 kinesiology (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

  • Biomedical Terminology*
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology*†
  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Sports and Seated Massage
  • Massage Therapy Techniques I


Session 2

  • Applied Kinesiology*
  • Living with Health*
  • Pathophysiology for Massage Therapy
  • Massage Therapy for Prenatal and Special Populations
  • Clinical Basics
  • Massage Therapy Techniques II


Session 3

  • Introduction to Business*
  • Internet and Social Media Marketing*
  • Professional Development for Massage Therapy
  • Ethics for Massage Therapy
  • Licensure Exam Preparation
  • Massage Therapy Techniques III

* COD credit course
† Can be taken for credit on non-credit


Upcoming Courses


Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy

Specifically designed for Massage Therapy students, this course provides you with an orientation to the human body from the chemical level to all 11 systems that comprise the human organism — and how they relate to massage therapy. This class does not fulfill the requirement toward an associate degree.
Spring 2017

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. Spring 2017

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. Spring 2017

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

It's a renewal year for license 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:


The Art of Tui Na
Learn the basic hand techniques of Tui Na, which can be used in conjunction with Western massage techniques to add variety and reduce use and stress of delicate fingers and thumbs.
15 CE hours

Sunday, Oct. 2 to 16
1 to 6:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-502, $300

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

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-504, $300

Awesome Entrepreneur
Learn business concepts with a focus on personal development that lead to a clear mission statement and strategy, and how to brand your business and create a niche market. Self-development and stress-management tools — Emotional Freedom Technique, vision boards and interactive exercises — will help students identify goals and clear obstacles. 7 CE hours

Saturday, Oct. 8 and 15
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-507, $150

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

Sunday, Dec. 4
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-503, $130

Reflexology: Easy Feet
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. 7 CE hours

Sunday, Oct. 23
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-506, $150

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
Spring 2017

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

Sunday, Nov. 6 to 20
1 to 6:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0006-501, $300

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. 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

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