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Using the healing power of touch to help others

Skilled Massage Therapists use the healing power of touch to help their clients. Massage Therapists manipulate soft tissue and muscles to relieve and manage pain, heal, rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, and aid in the overall well-being of their clients.

As more patients and health care providers understand the benefits of massage, the demand for trained Massage Therapists is expected to increase to provide these services.

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Massage Therapist Overview

Massage Therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.


Massage Therapists routinely perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Booking clients and scheduling appointments.
  • Talking with clients about their symptoms, medical history, and desired results.
  • Evaluating clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body.
  • Manipulating muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
  • Providing clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture.
  • Recording clients’ notes, conditions and progress.

The Massage Therapy program at North-West College focuses on teaching the skills and best practices needed to work in a wide array of settings, such as spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, client’s homes and fitness centers.

California Massage Therapy Council

The California Massage Therapy Council (“CAMTC”) provides statewide certification for massage therapists and approval for massage therapy schools. While earning certification as a massage therapist is voluntary in the state of California, the Massage Therapy Reform Act requires that therapists who claim to be certified or licensed must meet certain conditions, including completion of massage therapy training program approved by the CAMTC. Recently, following the passage of the Massage Therapy Reform Act, many cities in the State of California have passed local ordinances which require massage therapists to be certified in order to practice massage therapy in that city. This requirement is becoming the standard across the state and there are very few remaining municipalities that do not require certification.

The Massage Therapy program at the North-West College West Covina, Pomona Valley and Santa Ana campuses have been approved by the CAMTC. North-West College (“the College”) has applied for CAMTC approval at other campus locations. The current status of the applications for the College’s other locations with the CAMTC are “pending”.

Becoming a CAMTC approved school is a lengthy process and we currently do not have an estimate on when the process will be completed.

CAMTC School Approval is voluntary. However, graduating from a non-CAMTC approved school will limit your employment opportunities to a city or county that does not require massage therapists to be certified.

If the College receives approval for a campus from which you graduated, you will be eligible to apply to the CAMTC to become a certified massage therapist. If you graduate and submit your application to the CAMTC before your campus has received CAMTC approval, the CAMTC will hold your certification application without processing it until it either approves or denies the campus. There is no guarantee, representation, or certainty that your campus will be CAMTC approved prior to your graduation, or that your campus will ever achieve CAMTC approval.


* North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

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