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Massage Studies

Why Choose the Massage Studies Program?

Massage can play a vital role in the healing of the body from traumatic events or even just the daily grind of life. Massage therapists help people recover from serious injuries and reach their full physical potential by helping alleviate pain and stress in the musculoskeletal system.

Students in CPTC's Massage Studies program develop a strong foundation in Swedish massage and deep-tissue techniques. Clinical massage students benefit from advanced training in treatment applications and assessment, with varied teaching techniques addressing a wide variety of learning styles.

Students learn about the human body, self-awareness and healing stress-reduction strategies. Massage therapists are licensed health care providers in the state of Washington, and many are employed in medical settings.

The career potentials range from medical clinics to spas, sports teams, private practice and more. If you enjoy helping people overcome the physical strains of stress and injuries, a massage career might be a good fit for you.

Fall 2020 Update

Enrollments were not accepted for a Fall Quarter 2020 start.

CPTC's Massage Studies program covers skills and topics from Swedish relaxation massage to injury assessment and treatment. Our program not only exceeds minimum state requirements but provides advanced training to prepare students to work in medical settings.
How Long It Takes:

Massage Studies Degree (AAT): 8 Quarters

Clinical Massage Practitioner Certificate: 2 - 3 Quarters

Swedish Practitioner Certificate: 2 - 3 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual wage in Washington: 

$63,710 per year

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Meet Your Instructors

Keena Berndt-Morrow

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Yvonne Meziere

Daytime instructor Yvonne has been a pioneer in the massage profession since 1981. She served on the Washington State Massage Board from 1985-1987 and has worked in a variety of medical settings, including physical therapy and chiropractic clinics. Yvonne is dedicated to the massage profession, and after more than 30 years in the classroom she still loves teaching others to carry on the work. She brings with her a counseling background and holistic approach to health that encourages students to grow personally as well as academically.

Bldg 8, Rm 317

Jason Priest 

Evening instructor Jason graduated from the Seattle Massage School in 2000. Since graduating, he has worked in corporate seated massage, a chiropractic office, a local high-end spa and more. He specializes in deep tissue, sports massage, injury treatment and pregnancy massage. Jason has more than 10 years of teaching experience and loves to share his passion for massage with aspiring massage practitioners.

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Pat Scott 

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Massage Studies Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




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CPTC Students Celebrate Nurses Week with Massages

CPTC Massage Studies students traveled to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma on Wednesday, May 8, to provide seated chair massages for the nursing staff.

The nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma received some hands-on personal care of their own last Wednesday as the Clover Park Technical College Massage Studies program offered on-site massages to celebrate National Nurses Week.

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CPTC Students Share Massage Skills with Screening Patients

Clover Park Technical College esthetic sciences students spent Thursday afternoon offering massages to patients and staff members at Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a group of Clover Park Technical College esthetic sciences students got a head start on assisting with prevention and treatment last week when they volunteered their skills to mammogram screening patients at Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma.

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Massage Studies Program Sets Up Students for Success

Massage Studies Program graduates Courtney Madlung and Scott Tupper stand in front of Meridian Ave. Massage in Graham.

Michelle Clark first enrolled in the Massage Studies Program in 2010. She had to stop due to a family crisis, but she re-enrolled and graduated this past winter and received her license. “Don’t ever give up on yourself, on your goals or on your dreams,” Clark said. “You have to know that you deserve it.”

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