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Applications open for first massage therapy certificate program in Finger Lakes

Applications open for first massage therapy certificate program in Finger Lakes

Northeast College of Health Sciences is now accepting applications for winter 2024 enrollment in its new massage therapy certificate program. It is the only such program in the Finger Lakes region offered at a fully accredited institution of higher education and approved by New York state.

The part-time Massage Therapy program will be offered at Northeast’s Seneca Falls campus on weekends, providing the required 1,000 hours of study for students to be eligible to take the New York State Massage Licensing Examination and become a fully licensed massage therapist. 

Students in the massage therapy program will have the opportunity to study a variety of techniques and modalities including Eastern and Western massage therapy, Swedish massage, Shiatsu, prenatal massage, sports massage, hydrotherapy, reflexology and massage for people living with cancer. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career growth of massage therapists is much faster than the average for all other occupations and is projected to grow 20 percent from 2021 to 2031.   

Nicole Miller, the program director, said it will deliver a distinct educational experience rooted in the health sciences and consisting of five trimesters of study.  

Miller, who is nationally recognized for her work in massage, said Northeast College of Health Sciences is “perfectly positioned” to help students fulfill their passion for helping others and build a rewarding and successful career path.  

“Having a massage therapy program within a school dedicated to health sciences will ensure students receive a first-class health education experience and learn the best professional practices,” Miller said. “The facilities here at Northeast are second to none and validate massage therapy as an integral part of health and wellness.”  

For more information about Northeast College’s Massage Therapy program, visit 

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