Massage Therapy

Master the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to thrive in a career in massage therapy. A diploma in Massage Therapy gives you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary and take this valuable skill-set anywhere in the world. Whether you choose to work in a chiropractic office, sports center or on a cruise ship, our Massage Therapy program will prepare you for real-life experience.

Complete courses in Medical Terminology, Intro to Swedish Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology/Anatomy & Movement for Massage Therapy and more. The Iowa Lakes curriculum is based on the guidelines set by the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy and the National Certification Board to meet the requirements for passing the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy licensing examinations.

The curriculum is challenging because of the emphasis on thoroughly understanding anatomy and body mechanics. Maintaining a 2.0 (or higher) GPA increases your chances of being successful in the program and passing the licensure exam.

As a licensed massage therapist, you have endless options when it comes to choosing your work setting. Start your career in massage therapy with the skills and experience of a professional.

Faculty Contact

Elizabeth Larsen
Massage Therapy Coordinator & Instructor
712-580-8625 |

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (40 credits)

CAMPUS: Spencer

Clinical Experience

Did You Know?

Starting Salary: $24,907

Average Salary: $40,027

Accreditation: Iowa Board of Massage Therapy

Special Certifications Available

Important Notice: Curriculum Update in Progress

We are excited to announce that a new and improved curriculum for our program at Iowa Lakes is currently under construction! Our team is diligently developing an updated curriculum designed to better equip you for a successful career. Stay tuned for more updates and details on how these changes will benefit your educational journey.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Licensure and Certification Disclosure Requirements by State: 

  1. Iowa Lakes Community College Massage Therapy program meets the educational requirements in the following states/jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  2. Iowa Lakes Community College Massage Therapy program does NOT meet the educational requirements in the following states/jurisdictions: Hawaii, Nebraska, New York, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico.
  3. Iowa Lakes Community College has not made the determination if the Message Therapy program meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions: California, Vermont, Kansas, and US Virgin Islands.

The Massage Therapy program is accredited by Iowa State Board of Massage Therapy.