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Full Massage Therapy Program (08/17/23 to 05/30/24)

Starts Aug 17, 2023

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$5,500 Enroll

Full program description

Dates, Times and Location:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00am to 12:30pm
HCC Brandon Campus, 10451 Nancy Watkins Dr, Tampa, FL 33619

Become a licensed massage therapist in less than 10 months! HCC/ICCE’s new 500-hour massage therapy program is approved by the Florida Board of Massage and meets all the training requirements to become a licensed massage therapist!

Course Fee:  By clicking this tile, you will be registering for the entire 500-hour Massage Therapy Program at a $300 discount:  $5500.00 total.

Financial Assistance:  Need help paying for some or all of this course?  Visit our Financial Assistance Page.

(Pre-payment plan eligible).

 If you are between the ages of 16 and 24 with a high school diploma or GED, you may qualify for a local grant.   Please visit

Included in the registration fee:

·         Textbook

·         2 sets of scrubs

·         Exam Prep 1-year Online Access

·         Massage supplies bag

·         Lotion bottle with holster

·         Lab supplies

·         MBLEX Certification Exam (one attempt)

(Florida Board of Massage application fee of $155.00 is not included)

Students must complete a Level 2 background check ($50) before the first class meeting.  Those with felonies may not be accepted.  This information will be provided to you after you register for the program or block. Vaccines (MMR, Varicella, Hep B, TDAP, COVID-19, Flu) are highly recommended for all massage therapy students for the safety of the students and patrons.

Payment must be received in full before the Program begins.  Any refund requests must be received in writing before the course start date.  Visit for details.

Once a student completes all 500 hours, HCC submits this information to the Florida Board of Massage.  Students will need to apply for licensure to the Florida Board of Massage ($155) and complete an additional background check for the State of Florida ($85).  Visit the Florida Board of Massage for detailed instructions.


Course Blocks:

Block 1:
Basic Massage Theory and History- 100 hours (8 weeks) Course materials and CPR



This course will take the students through the various stages of history and bring it to the future massage trends of tomorrow.  Students will examine the history of massage, tracing its progression from ancient roots, intermingled with religious ceremonies and mystical traditions, to the complementary applications in traditional and alternative healthcare we are currently using right now. Massage Theory topics will also be reviewed and discussed including: Indications and Contraindication of Massage, Massage Methods and Terminology, Modes of Application, the Mechanical Forces involved, Body Mechanics, Routine vs. Outcome-based massage, Muscle Energy Techniques, Sanitation and Standard Infectious Disease Precautions and the application of the above to the patient’s treatment plan.



Block 2:
Anatomy and Physiology 150 hours (13 weeks)



Anatomy and Physiology as they relate to massage therapy. The Anatomy will review the study of the structures of body parts and their relationships to one another and the physiology will review the study of the functions of the body.



Block 3:
125 hours Total (10 weeks)


HES-8903- Allied Modalities
76 Hours



A variety of massage and bodywork styles will be covered in this course.  Students are exposed to a wide variety of modalities and styles of techniques to meet the needs of a growing population who need massage. This section also teaches body mechanics, professional draping techniques, seated massage, side lying massage, pregnancy massage, sport massage, and massage adaptations for special populations.  The instructors will act as coaches, evaluate the student, and give feedback based upon technique application and body mechanics.  Additionally, students will prepare and give a short presentation to the class on a massage modality of their liking.  In learning these varieties of modalities will enable the graduates to integrate these techniques into their treatment sessions that are most appropriate at each occasion.

HES-8905- Theory and Practice of Hydro Therapy

15 hours

This course explores client treatment using various forms of water.  Discussions include water as a healing agent, effect of the heat and cold, contraindications for use, safety and procedural guidelines.  Specific applications of heat and cold includes packs, compresses, hot and cold stones, body wraps, saunas, steam baths, whirlpools, Vichy showers, paraffin baths, body shampoos, dry brush massages, polishes and scrubs, cold towel frictions, and salt glows.


HES-8906- Florida Laws and Rules

10 hours

Students will familiarize themselves of the laws in the State of Florida that is pertaining to their massage profession. How you set up a massage establishment and what laws do you need to be aware of. How frequent you must renew your state license to satisfy the state of Florida, and other essential items will be discussed such as permits & zoning, tax laws, and more.


HES-8908- HIV/AIDs
3 hours


This course will be of interest for massage therapists involved in caring for patients with HIV & AIDS. You will learn about HIV and AIDS and how it impacts the human life. You will also know how to it is being transmitted, what the early symptoms are and how to prevent the HIV and AIDS infections. There is no real solution to this global issue.  We need to educate and spread the knowledge of how to protect us and to further breakthrough of scientific research to somehow find a cure in the future.


HES-8909- Medical Errors

2 hours

The course will cover the most common sources of medical error and the most effective steps in preventing them to occur.  Identify some common behaviors and situations that create high risk potential.  As a future member of the health care industry, massage therapists need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding the law of reporting medical errors and the prevention of medical errors.


HES-8904- Business Theory

15 hours

This area will cover details how to operate a successful massage business and how to promote your newly acquired massage skills to the public. Students will learn how to set up a web-based massage site utilizing online tools. Accounting type of business form selections will be presented, as well as related business knowledge will be taught to the students to sustain a successful massage business. This course allows you to define the business and how to effectively run it. It’s essential to define the business and set up short term and long-term goals and how to recognize what choice of business makes most sense.


HES-8907- Professional Ethics

4 hours

This section emphasizes communication skills and modes of conduct for establishing an atmosphere of safety in order to build client trust and rapport. Students will be taught standards of practice code, professional conduct & liability for misconduct, personal & professional boundaries, boundary management, scope of practice, Florida massage laws, and the new HIPAA regulations.


Block 4:
HES 8902-
Clinical Practicum

125 hours (11 weeks)

This course covers stages of rehabilitations, tissue healing, factors that influence tissue healing and treatment of common injuries.  Training of applications such as myofascial release techniques, neuromuscular therapy, basic postural analysis, and structural bodywork will be taught to students. Specific assessment and treatment applications include Thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff strain/sprains, sciatica, cervical & lumbar strain/sprain, functional leg length discrepancies, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions.  Students will be receiving these clinical hours through scheduled massage clinic sessions at our five college campuses and an ongoing morning massage clinic for the public. 


Program Benefits:

Q: Why should I become a massage therapist?

A: The Massage Therapy field is a very nurturing and giving profession and provides plenty of opportunities to assist people that are in great need for healing hands. We all live in very stressful times and massage is very much needed in the market right now. If you choose to work for yourself or in clinical, spa or a corporate setting your services will be very much needed. There are many places that require your skilled hands. Many people are drawn into this profession because it offers:

- Flexibility

- Great earning potential

- Stress free environment

- Full Time Opportunities

- Part Time Opportunities

- Personal Fulfillment

You can work as many or as little hours you want in the profession. Maybe you want to work part time and make some extra money while in school or create a full fledge profession. It is entirely up to you!

Q: What is the earning potential to become a massage therapist?

A: You can choose to make as little or as much you desire. There are therapists that are making up to $60,000 - $80,000 in a clinical profession, such as in a medical or clinic office, and there are therapists that choose to work part time and bring around $30,000 per year. You schedule your own clients and therefore decide how much you want to work and make. The regular going pay for one hour massage is around $60.00 - $90.00 and for clinical work it ranges from $60.00 to $125.00 per hour. You make your schedule, and you make your pay!  Once you graduate, you could potentially be working in multiple locations.

Throughout the United States & Canada, Massage Therapy is growing as healthcare profession. Since massage directly affects the body's response to stress, the appeal of massage therapy is universal. Athletes are discovering that improved performance can be achieved through the addition of sports massage to their weekly routines. Parents are learning infant massage techniques to enhance bonding, stimulate development, and ease the pain of colic. Rehabilitation clinics are now hiring massage therapists to manage injuries and conditions ranging from chronic pain cases, to migraines, whiplash, lumbar sprain/strain, rotator cuff injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), thoracic outlet