College of Technology

Massage Therapy Program

Prerequisites and general education classes for the program can be taken in the Fall, Spring, or summer semester. After completing students can apply for admissions to the massage program. in the fall semester. Massage Therapy Program accepts applications in the spring for the fall semester start. After gaining basic massage skills students work at refining their skills in a supervised massage clinic setting that is open to the public (see massage clinic tab) The lab required each semester allows students to work in a clinic setting after they have successfully passed their assessments for a relaxation massage. Special populations such as the elderly, disable, athletes, and prenatal clients are requested for student experiential opportunities.

The Associates of Applied Science Degree articulates to a Bachelor of Science, Health Science or a Bachelors of Applied Science degree.

ISU provides labs and equipment based on industry standards and highly experienced and certified instructors, Susan Beck MTD, NCTMB, is the program coordinator.

Is Massage Therapy a Career for You?

Massage Therapy Career Exploration – MSTH 0100 is a prerequisite class that explores massage therapy as a career. It is offered online and seated in the classroom. Two visits to the Pocatello campus are required, alternate assignment can be requested if the student lives outside of Eastern Idaho.

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The Idaho State University Massage Program accredited
by the Commission on Massage Therapy
Accreditation (COMTA).

Employment Outlook

About 553 massage therapists work in Idaho*

Median income in Idaho is $36,300*
$17.44 /hour* (median);   $33.74/ hour (high)

*U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop

Gainful Employment Information
Degree / Certificate Associate of Applied Science - Massage Therapy Technical Certificate - Massage Therapy
Cost of Attendance    
Tuition and Fees $14,798.50* $10,516.00*
Books and Supplies $2,378.00 $1,706.00
Room and Board $6,439.50** $5,008.50**
Total $23,616.00 $17,230.50
Completion Time    
Normal Program Length 4.5 3
2011-12 Completers NR NR
Number Completed In Normal Time NR NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the first time students enrolled at ISU) 67% 67%
Program Completion Rate (from the first time students enrolled in Program classes) 67% 67%
Employment Information    
Placement Rate 83%*** 100%***

Median Loan Debt: $10,000.00

Jobs Related to These Programs Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2013-14 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2013-14 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-12 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.