Therapeutic Massage

The Therapeutic Massage program prepares you with a strong foundation for a career in therapeutic massage. This is a branch of complementary health care that works to improve a person's health and well–being through hands–on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. As a massage therapist, you can work in medical, spa and health club settings, as well as in private practice and owning your own business.

Upon successful completion of the program, which includes extensive
hands–on experience, you will be eligible to take the Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEX).

Need something that allows you to study at night?

We also offer an alternate Evening (and some weekends) Program that is especially designed to allow students to work during the day and train as a massage therapist in the evening.  Courses are taken in the classroom and online.

To apply for the program, prospective students must complete an IHCC application, submit high school transcripts of High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take the ACT or COMPASS test.  To contact the Testing Center, call (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, extension 5142.  The therapeutic Massage program begins in the Fall term of each year.


Program Details

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall Term
Length: 4 terms (12 months)
Program: Diploma

Policy Manual

Gainful Employment Information

Non-Discrimination Policy

Criminal background, physical examination with documentation of immunizations and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to the clinical courses.

Virtual Tour

View an interactive Virtual Tour of the Ottumwa campus.


Caroline Peyrone, DPT, Program Director
phone: (641) 683-5271 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5271

(left to right) Yolanda Barnes and Emily Bossler: Therapeutic Massage Graduates

Yolanda Barnes and Emily Bossler

Indian Hills equipped us with what we needed, to take what we learned in the classroom and apply it effectively to start our own successful business.

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