MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

Massage Therapy 500 Hour Program

at MiraCosta College

about massage therapy 500 hour program

Massage therapists provide an invaluable service to people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, experiencing stress, or just need to relax. Begin your career as a massage therapist in as little as one semester through MiraCosta College’s accelerated Massage Therapy program.

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being.  People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons, such as to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.

At MiraCosta College, students learn how to provide massage therapy as a healthcare professional. Graduates of the program seek employment in a variety of settings, such as physician offices, health and wellness centers, hotels and resorts, physical therapy centers, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, sports organizations, day spas, cruise ships, and private practice.

The Massage Therapy Program is in re-approval process to meet state [California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)] requirements. CAMTC can take more than three months and applications for certification from students of our program will be held until a final decision on the program is made. No college credit is assigned to this program of study, but students will earn a MiraCosta College Certificate of Accomplishment upon completion of all course requirements.

why attend miracosta?

  • Accelerated training can get you into a job in only 6 months

  • Lower tuition cost than other private Massage Therapy schools in San Diego

  • Industry approved curriculum using hands-on equipment

  • Opportunity to learn from top rated professionals in the field

  • Highest standards upheld at all times with direct oversite by MiraCosta College Governing Board

Due at time of registration. GI Bill® and WIOA approved. Students are required to purchase and wear white or black short/cap sleeve shirt (polo/athletic style), dark/khaki knee/ankle length pants and closed toed shoes while working with the public. Students will also bring personal sanitizer, a clean sheet and massage lotions.
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Course Length
22 weeks

HS Diploma or GED, must be 18 years of age

Hours of Instruction
Tuesday, Wednesdays & Thursdays 3–9 PM
Fridays 2–9 PM
Some Saturdays 9 AM–3:30 PM

what you will learn

Students gain an understanding of how the structural, physiological and emotional components of the body are affected by massage, as well as the legal, financial and ethical aspects of the profession. The program builds on a foundation of

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology for massage therapists
  • Swedish massage techniques
  • Structural analysis
  • Deep tissue and neuromuscular techniques
  • Myofascial release and trigger point therapy
  • Optional topics: sports massage, aromatherapy, spa treatments, qigong, and more
  • Career Readiness

after course completion


After you finish the full 500 hours required for the Massage Therapy program, you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from MiraCosta College. You will be ready to take the CMATC State exam (contingent on MiraCosta College CAMTC re-approval).

meet your instructor

Veterinary Assistant Instructor Ellen C Teneriello

Instructor - Kevin Whitfield

Kevin has a B.S in Health and Wellness, and is a State Certified Massage Therapist. Kevin's strengths are at both ends of the massage spectrum- sports and therapeutic massage techniques and application- for muscle and joint dysfunction, to massage techniques to address stress, bringing balance to the mind, body and spirit.  Kevin has 20+years experience in the health and wellness field. Kevin's experience as a massage therapist,  massage and therapeutic health educator, fitness trainer, and athlete are valuable assets to reach positive outcomes. He is trained in many types of massage treatments including Integrated Deep Tissue, Sports Massage: Pre/ Post-event/Maintenance, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Parasympathetic (Relaxation Massage), Therapeutic/Clinical, Hot Stones, and Chair Massage.


Veterinary Assistant Instructor Ellen C TenerielloAssociate Instructor – Keoni Salgado

Keoni Salgado is a passionate Health and Wellness professional, teacher and mentor serving San Diego and Orange County, Ca. in the Alternative health field as a Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Massage and Bodywork educator since 1994.  With an Athletic Training degree from San Diego State University, A.C.E. certifications, Keoni is one of the first San Diego therapists certified in Advanced Cupping Techniques.  He has over 1500 hours of Bodywork education from California State accredited schools as well as certification from numerous workshops across the United States.



Veterinary Assistant Instructor Ellen C TenerielloAssociate Instructor - Tania Yager

Tania Yager has been a Holistic Wellness Practitioner for over 25 years and has been teaching in the North County area for 17 of those years. As a curriculum developer for several major massage schools, she has developed and implemented classes on everything from Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Massage Techniques to Prenatal and Chakra Energy work. She specializes in Aromatherapy, Vedic Studies, Integrative Deep Tissue Techniques, and Reflexology. Tania has been  trained as a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Yoga teacher, and Vedic Practitioner. She is also a prolific visual and performance artist in North County. She brings a heart-centered and fun energy to all of her classes. Education is her passion! 

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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