Massage Therapist

A caring, professional career choice in human services.


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

  • Geriatric Health and Wellness Promotion (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 30 cr

  • Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 30 cr
  • Massage Therapist (AAS) View Classes
    Winona - 60 cr
  • Massage Therapist (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 29 cr
  • Massage Therapist (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 36 cr

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.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 100%
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

Career Opportunities

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

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer between Minnesota State colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

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


  • Debi Niebuhr, LMT, is an Arkansas licensed massage therapist, a NCBTMB Board Certified Therapist, a retired LPN, a certified Trager Practitioner, and an ALACE certified childbirth education instructor and doula. She owns her own business in Winona and has been practicing massage since 1985.
  • Sherilee Shay Bakken, LMT, is a Wisconsin-licensed massage therapist. She is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and has been practicing since 1995. She owns a massage practice in Winona. Shay has an MA in English from Winona State University and previously taught college English before transitioning into teaching massage.

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RED WING CAMPUS | 308 Pioneer Road | Red Wing, MN 55066 | 651-385-6300
WINONA CAMPUS | 1250 Homer Road | Winona, MN 55987 | 507-453-2700

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