Douglas Education Center Launches New Massage Therapy Program

Douglas Education Center Launches New Massage Therapy Program

Douglas Education Center is launching their newest career program aimed at the booming field of massage therapy. Students will train in a 25-week diploma program that will prepare them to be certified Massage Therapists to work in clinics, spas, or to be their own boss.

The program will cover everything from anatomy and physiology to the laws and regulations of setting up self-employment. Students will be qualified to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). After certification is obtained, grads can apply can for licensure with the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy.

With DEC’s Massage Therapy program, students will learn hands-on techniques from Day 1 and receive a kit that includes an Oakworks Massage Table & Chair, bolster, holster, and uniform scrubs. The program will feature a student massage clinic where they will provide services to the general public.

Program Coordinator Joanna McElwain, who has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007, details the advantages students DEC’s Massage Therapy program will have based on the nature of the program and the variety of employment opportunities available to graduates.

“Students will benefit from this massage program because it’s a highly intensive hands-on (program); it also covers a variety of modalities that will reach clients of varying lifestyles.” – Joanna McElwain


DEC’s Massage Therapy program can appeal to a variety of people from those who are interested in the medical benefits of massage therapy for injury recovery or stress relief to those who enjoy working in a spa atmosphere as well as those who enjoy the health and wellness industry.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify and our Career Services Department will assist with career placement. Contact our Admissions Department for more information at 1-800-413-6013. 

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