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The faculty of the Massage Therapy Program upholds the mission of Arizona Western College by supporting educational and lifelong learning needs of the community through innovative partnerships. The faculty is dedicated to (1) providing excellence in massage therapy education and practice, (2) incorporating changes aimed at current and emerging healthcare trends.


We believe that excellent massage therapy education requires current therapeutic massage information, incorporates massage research, and uses multiple teaching modalities. We also believe the practice of massage must be in accordance with established standards of therapeutic massage practice and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Code of Ethics.

We believe that the students take ownership of their learning and that faculty members facilitate that learning through a commitment to providing learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse student population, including both traditional and nontraditional learners. Additionally, the faculty embraces the idea that using educational methods that are supportive of students in teaching/learning situations is essential and that recognition of the unique worth of each student requires individualized attention to assist students as they develop and work toward the attainment of their individual goals.


Graduates will demonstrate;

  1. basic knowledge of professional skills required in therapeutic massage
  2. appropriate application of modalities
  3. competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences
  4. fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.

What else will you learn?

  1. An introduction to complimentary modalities which include aromatherapy, flower essences, energy therapy, spa techniques, color therapy, music therapy and others.
  2. Enhanced learning through field trips
  3. Hands on experience in professional clinical settings, and active learning environments

Certificate or Applied Associate of Science

Upon completion of the certificate requirements, the student will be eligible to seek Arizona state licensure and national certification if desired.
As a certified massage therapist, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • use knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective massage therapy to clients in a variety of settings;
  • apply critical thinking in making assessments;
  • develop and implement caring behaviors for self and clients;
  • apply methods for integration of body, mind, spirit, and emotion for the purpose of achieving optimum health;
  • communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health care team;
  • implement learning-teaching to address client needs;
  • practice massage within the established ethical and legal framework.

The Massage Therapy Program is accepted by the Arizona State Massage Therapy Board and by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (school code number 410463).


Contact the Massage Therapy Program Office 

317-6056 or email us at for additional information


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Contact Us

Kate Turpin, LMT
Program Coordinator
(928) 317-6056

Lee Altman      
Faculty Division Advisor        
(928) 344-7749

Fax Number:
(928) 336-1311

Massage Clinic:
(928) 317-7529

Office Locations

Off Campus Location:

2451 S. Avenue A, Suite E101 (Last building in Kachina Medical Plaza - East side)

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