Certificate in Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy can offer warm and compassionate individuals the unique opportunity to combine the ability to help others, a positive working environment, a wide variety of practice settings and work days as different as the clients they serve.

Parker’s Massage Therapy program prepares leaders in the field of massage therapy through a solid grounding in the science of health care and over 300 hours of clinical and hands-on training. Each faculty member brings years of practice experience and an unmatched enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge and techniques with students and the entire health care community.

The non-profit, regionally accredited program includes time dedicated to studying how the human body works, interacting with doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students, and experiencing our expansive study facilities and equipment.

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Choose Parker for Massage Therapy

Parker’s newly-renovated massage therapy clinic features contemporary equipment and a peaceful environment to learn and network with others in the health care profession. Students of the Parker University School of Massage Therapy not only interact with peers of the same school, but also with Parker University College of Chiropractic students. The massage program offers one of the only 600-hour massage therapy programs in Dallas and financial assistance is available for all those who qualify.

Outside the classroom, recreational facilities welcome the Parker family to have fun and be active on campus. The Standard Process Student Activity Center contains equipment and a gymnasium for students, as well as exercise classes for all levels, while lounges and an extensive library provide quiet places to study, relax, and expand the mind. Parker offers its massage therapy students an education as it’s meant to be – active.

Following are the requirements for admission to the Massage Therapy Certificate Program. Parker University seeks the most qualified candidates.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission
  • Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $25
  • Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
  • Transcripts will be requested from high school if less than 12 hours of college credit has been earned and all higher education institutions where credits were earned. Students with less than 12 hours of earned college credit who completed the GED for high school credit should fill out the transcript authorization/release form and the Office of the Registrar will verify credit.
  • Registrar’s office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting final determinations of degree compliance and/or deficiencies
  • Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.

Students transferring into Massage Therapy Certificate Program (Advanced Standing Students; Continuing Education Students):

  • Students must be licensed massage therapists
  • Students are limited to taking a maximum of three classes
  • Students will have completed the prerequisites listed for the intended course(s)
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission
  • Complete an online or print application and submit application fee of $50
  • Students also have the option to fill out a transcript authorization/release form available from the Admissions/Registrar’s office to allow Parker to request transcripts on the student’s behalf.
  • Transcripts will be requested from high school if less than 12 hours of college credit has been earned and all higher education institutions where credits were earned. Students with less than 12 hours of earned college credit who completed the GED for high school credit should fill out the transcript authorization/release form and the Office of the Registrar will verify credit.
  • Registrar’s office will evaluate transcripts and send an evaluation letter reflecting final determinations of degree compliance and/or deficiencies.
  • Acceptance and Reservation Deposit is required.
Parker University School of Massage Therapy has established physical qualifications for admission to the massage program. These minimum qualifications are essential to prepare and practice as a massage therapist. Students at the university must be able to perform at a high level of competency in all phases of the classroom, clinic and laboratory activities because they will ultimately use this knowledge as massage therapists.
The physical qualifications are:

  • The student must possess sufficient coordination and use of both upper limbs to perform body work.
  • The student must possess manual dexterity to perform in the various clinical and classroom requirements without posing a threat to themselves, clients, or fellow students.
  • The student must have the ability to stand to perform therapies.
  • The student must hear and see – appropriately assisted if needed – well enough to record client histories, to provide routine safety instructions, and conduct a massage session without constant supervision.

Persons with disabilities are eligible for admission, as long as, they can carry out classroom, laboratory and clinical assignments. Including client intake, assessment and techniques, or the equivalent; pass written, oral and practical examinations; and meet all of the requirements of the school. Parker University will make reasonable accommodations for disabilities. Applicants and students are welcome to discuss any disabilities that they believe will hinder completion of the curriculum. In considering a prospective or actual applicant who discloses a disability, Parker University may require an interview to determine if the individual meets the physical qualifications to complete the program. The Coordinator of Student Assistance can provide more information regarding accommodations that Parker University might be able to provide.

  1. Submit an online application: admissions application.
  2. It is the students’ responsibility to contact one of the following organizations to request that a foreign transcript review be prepared and mailed directly to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229. (This does not apply to Canadian students.) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970. Phone: 414-289-3400. Web: www.ece.orgor World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745. Web: www.wes.org.
  3. Submit an original letter of support from a financial sponsor. Pledging to provide funding to pursue educational goals in the United States. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. Written on the financial sponsor’s personal or business stationary. Signed by the sponsor. You may sponsor yourself.
  4. Submit an original letter of financial ability. Documenting sponsor’s capability to financially support you (This is often called the “bank letter”.) Written and signed by an officer or official of your sponsor’s financial institution on the institution’s letterhead and bearing a current date. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. Stating the financial sponsor has at least $38,630 available for the student’s financial support (this amount is subject to change – check with your international advisor before submitting).
  5. Submit the completed educational experience form. List all colleges and universities that you have attended
  6. Submit a completed financial information form. List all expected financial aid that you are planning to use from your country or any other sources to finance your education at Parker. If dependents are accompanying the student, list them on the financial information form; otherwise, they will not be able to enter the United States.
  7. Submit all official transcripts: Submit to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX, 75229. It is the student’s responsibility to request that official transcripts be sent from all prior institutions where credits were earned. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Registrar’s Office at Parker University. A transcript stamped “Issued to Student” or hand-carried into the Registrar’s Office is not considered to be an official transcript.
  8. Provide course descriptions for all science prerequisite courses that were completed at a college or university outside the United States. Descriptions must detail lecture and lab contact hours. This is not applicable to Canadian students
  9. Submit official ETS/TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for students whose primary language is not English. Contact ETS/TOEFL at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA. Phone: 800-257-9547. Students must obtain these minimum scores: Paper-Based Test (PBT) – 550; Computer-Based Test (CBT) – 213; Internet-Based Test (IBT – Total score of 79 or above compromised of the following minimums: Reading: 21; Writing: 18; Speaking: 19; Listening: 21. The scores must be submitted directly to Parker University from the ETS/TOEFL office to be considered official International students holding a bachelor’s degree wholly obtained in the United States can be waived from the TOEFL requirement at the discretion of the international student advisor.
  10. Provide proof of health insurance.

*Policies applicable to foreign students only and do not apply to green card holders.

Massage Therapy Career Growth

Whether your goal is to practice relaxation massage or to work closely with physicians and other health care professionals in a wellness or rehabilitative setting, graduates are ready to contribute to the health of clients through direct intervention, knowledgeable referral, and wellness advocacy.

This massage certificate program was specifically designed so that graduates are fully prepared and qualified for Texas state licensure and the national certification examination in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Demand for Future Massage Therapists
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics1, employment is expected to increase by 19% from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage.

Highly Ranked Job Satisfaction
In 2012, U.S. News and World Report2 listed ‘’massage therapist ‘on their ‘Best Jobs 2012’ list and eighth on their “Best Jobs: Healthcare” list.

Massage Effectiveness
Massagetherapy.com3 (a public website powered by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) indicates that 83% rated their most recent massage satisfactory with an 8 or better on a scale of 1-10.

A Safe Health Care Option
The number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medicine grew from 7.7% in 1998 to 37.3% in 2007. Of those hospitals that offer CAM therapies, massage therapy was offered by 70.7%.


Massage Therapy Learning Objectives

School of Massage Mission and Learning Objectives
The mission of the massage educational program is to educate individuals to be leaders in education, research, and service by offering sound, ethical, well-researched, and relevant programs in massage therapy.

The learning objectives of Parker’s 600-hour massage therapy basic program are:

  • Demonstrate both therapeutic and relaxation modalities of massage therapy in order to provide appropriate client care.
  • Identify the relationship between the structure (particularly the musculoskeletal system) and function of the human body.
  • Demonstrate proper professional and personal ethical guidelines that govern both business and clinical practice for massage therapy.
  • Develop business goals and objectives that prepare students for a career in the massage therapy industry upon graduation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate basic massage technique knowledge with clinical application to provide high-quality, evidence-based care.
  • Articulate an understanding that the body heals itself and that the massage therapist assists in removing musculoskeletal imbalance by various massage procedures.

Continuing Education Courses
Parker University School of Massage Therapy offers a wide range of continuing education subjects to meet licensed massage therapists’ needs.

Massage Therapy Certification & Licensing

As a student at Parker University School of Massage Therapy, you will have access to countless resources that will aid in your professional development, preparing you for a career in massage therapy. Our tried and true program is COMTA accredited and proud to offer an exceptional student pass rate on the Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEx).

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The Parker University School of Massage Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) to award the Certificate of Massage Therapy. The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015 and can be reached by phone at 202.895.1518.

The Parker University School of Massage Therapy program is structured to prepare students who plan to practice in Texas. Please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/default.shtm for more information.
Upon successful completion of the 600-hour curriculum, graduates of Parker University School of Massage Therapy are eligible to take the national certification examination for therapeutic massage and bodywork. This examination is used as a licensing criterion by many state massage therapy boards. Successful passage of this examination bestows the status “Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.” For more information, see www.ncbtmb.org and your state board for specific requirements.


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