Harper College

Massage Therapy Introductory Course

NOTE: If proposed program changes are approved, the Introduction to Massage Therapy course would no longer be required nor offered. Instead a required Program Orientation would be the prerequisite to the program. See the Program Change page of this site for more information.  If the proposed changes are not approved or become no longer necessary, the Introduction to Massage Therapy course would remain in the program as a prerequisite.

Course description

MTP 100: Introduction to Massage Therapy provides a general program overview and historical development of massage therapy. Introduces students to the benefits of massage therapy and its relationship to our current health care system, alternative health care systems and healing practices from other cultures. Introduces the systems of the body, basic effects of stress on the body and different types of massage modalities. Introduces students to basic anatomical terms, regions of the body, and an anatomy palpation demonstration and practice. Prerequisite: You must be 18 years old to register for this course.

In order to register for the Introduction course, students must enroll as a Harper College credit-course student, complete the Massage Therapy Program Application form and provide a copy of a photo ID to the program coordinator to verify the date of birth. Then prior to starting classes in the main program, there are three additional program admissions pieces that must be completed. When time permits, students are strongly encouraged to complete all the program admissions steps prior to the Intro course. Please see the Massage Therapy Admissions page for required steps for admission to the program.

 

Introduction to Massage Therapy schedule

Upcoming Intro Course Options:

  • MTP 100 - Summer 2024 (ideal for those entering the Full-time Day class starting August 26, 2024)
    • July, 2024 - Mon-Thurs (Jul 15-18) with class from 8:30am-12:20pm*
    • Students who successfully complete this week-long course offering will be eligible to begin the Massage Therapy program the week of August 26, 2024 (Class days and times for this Intro course will mimic the Full-time program schedule that will start in August)   
      • Registration for this Intro Course offering will open around the end of March 2024 for those with Conditional Program Acceptance or Full Program Acceptance. This course is planned as a live, in-person, on-campus class. Email the program coordinator today to get started with the Program Admissions steps and be ready to claim your seat in this course.
  • MTP 100 Fall 2024 (ideal for those entering the Full-time Day class starting August 26, 2024)
    • August, 2024 - Mon-Thurs (Aug 19-22) with class each day from 8:30am-12:20pm*
    • Students who successfully complete this week-long course offering will be eligible to begin the Massage Therapy program the week of August 26, 2024 (Class days and times for this Intro course will mimic the Full-time program schedule that starts in August)   
      • Registration for this Intro Course offering will open around the end of March 2024 for those with Conditional Program Acceptance or Full Program Acceptance. This course is planned as a live, in-person, on-campus class. Email the program coordinator today to get started with the Program Admissions steps and be able to claim your seat in this course.
  • MTP 100 - Fall 2024 (ideal for those entering the Part-time evening/weekend class starting in January 2025)
    • November, 2024 - Mon and Tues (Nov 4, 6) with class from 6:00pm-9:50pm and Sat (Nov 9) with class from 8:00am - 4:10pm*
    • Students who successfully complete this week-long course offering will be eligible to begin the Massage Therapy program in January 2025 (Class days and times for this Intro course will mimic the Part-time program schedule that will start in January)   
      • Registration for this Intro Course offering is now open to those with at Conditional Program Acceptance or Full Program Acceptance. This course is planned as a live, in-person, on-campus class. Email the program coordinator today to get started with the Program Admissions steps and be able to claim your seat in this course.

*Please note: all dates and times listed are subject to change.

To inquire about starting the Massage Therapy program in the next available semester, contact Program Coordinator, Jeremy Miller at 847-925-6076 or jmiller4@harpercollege.edu 

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Last Updated: 1/26/24