Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Massage Therapist

A caring, professional career choice in human services.


Please Note:
At this time, the college is not taking new applications for the Massage Therapist program.

The Massage Therapy program is an excellent way for health and salon professionals to enhance their skills.

Certified Massage Therapists (CMT) specialize in giving professional massage sessions designed to support the recipient's general health and increase the speed of recovery from physical ailments. Massage is known to promote relaxation and ease pain and stiffness. It has also been shown to have many health benefits, such as improving circulation and increasing mobility and flexibility.

At Minnesota State College Southeast, we offer a well-balanced Massage Therapy program integrating theory, technique, anatomy and physiology, practical experience and personal and professional development.

This unique program gives you an excellent foundation to work in several different environments upon graduation.* The curriculum is diverse, teaching several different types of massage and integrating both the art and science of massage into the classroom.

*Please note: Students who intend to practice massage therapy in Wisconsin must complete 600 hours of training to meet state regulations. Minnesota State College Southeast’s certificate, diploma and A.A.S. degree options satisfy this requirement.

Major Offerings

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Name, palpate, and reiterate actions of muscles.
  2. Demonstrate basic skills for communicating with health care professionals.
  3. Describe disease effects on specific body systems.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between body systems.
  5. Demonstrate ability to assess client and plan a treatment.
  6. Know major nerves and nervous pathways and the muscles affected by each branch.
  7. Understand basic research vocabulary and apply findings in practice.

Massage Therapist Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

  • Private Practice
  • Chiropractic Office
  • Nursing Home
  • Clinic
  • Health Spa

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Minnesota State College Southeast is an approved Continuing Education provider by NCBTMB
  • Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Unique program in the region with small class sizes
  • Day classes with a one or two year option
  • 100% job placement with a variety of career opportunities
  • Instruction by practicing professionals
  • 100% pass rate to National Certification exam for MBLex


  • Jeanne Handke, LMT, BCTMB, is a Wisconsin licensed massage Therapist, a NCBTMB Board Certified Therapist in Massage and Bodywork, and a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. She has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy. She received her massage and bodywork training though Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona and her Karuna Reiki training in Glastonbury, England through the International Center for Reiki Training. Jeanne has owned her own massage and bodywork business located in Winona since 2010. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the International Center for Reiki Training.

  • Amanda McDougal, LMT, BCTMB, is a Wisconsin licensed massage therapist and a NCBTMB Board Certified Therapist in Massage and Bodywork. She is also certified in advanced cupping techniques, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and kinesiology taping. She is a 2012 graduate of the massage therapy program at Minnesota State College Southeast. Amanda has worked in the rehab department of Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in Whitehall, WI for six years, spent two years working in chiropractic settings in La Crosse, WI and Winona, MN, and has her own business in Winona, MN. Amanda is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the International Cupping Therapy Association.

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