Program Admissions

Admissions Procedures

All candidates seeking admission to this program must submit the following items to the ECC Records Department:


  • Apply with ECC - how to apply.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED score or equivalent from country of origin.
  • Official college transcripts from other colleges attended.
  • Complete and submit health professions application.

Students must successfully complete MAS 100 before submitting the health professions application and before taking any additional massage therapy classes. The Health Professions application is given to students at the final class meeting of MAS 100.

Students seeking application to this program must take the PSB-HOA exam after completing MAS 100 if they score under 85 percent on the final written exam. Applicants who take the PSB-HOA exam must  score in the 25th percentile. PSB-HOA testing information.

Special Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete MAS 100, Introduction to Massage Therapy, with a 75 percent or better and score a 68 percent of better on the written exam.
  2. Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam. (Note: Students who achieve an 85 percent or better on the MAS 100 final exam are exempt from taking the PSB-HOA exam; students who score in the 12th to 24th percentile after the second attempt may be granted conditional part-time admission to the Massage Therapy program)
  3. High school diploma, GED certificate, or 60+ college level credits

The deadline for applying to the Massage Therapy program is July 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.  After this date, applications will only be considered if space is available. Once the application has been delivered to the ECC Records Department, the student is contacted regarding their acceptance to the program. All admissions are subject to approval of program administration. An interview may be scheduled if requested. If the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of seats available (20 per program), admission to the program will be competitive and selective.

All students accepted into the Massage Therapy Program will be required to attend an orientation session, held before classes start. In their acceptance packet, students are notified regarding orientation, books, supplies, and official department scrubs.

Financial Information

Tuition and fee information.

Included in the fees for your courses are student membership and insurance in a professional massage therapy organization, your student name tag, and payment for your exam for state licensing. Books, supplies and uniforms cost approximately  $1,300 over and above program tuition and fees. Unless other arrangements are made through Student Accounts, each semester must be paid for before registering for the next semester.

Accreditation: The massage therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015, 202-895-1518, The program also holds school memberships in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP).