Hawaii Healing Arts College and Massage Professionals incorporates a competency-based training approach which is built on actual career expectations and applications. We include performance activities as early in the program as possible, and require students to think and perform as professional massage therapists.
We accept a limited number of students per year to ensure that each individual receives the direction they need to become a confident, highly-skilled and effective therapist.
We are a licensed vocational school with the Hawaii Department of Education, we have designed a curriculum that is approved by the American Massage Therapy Association and we are a member of the Council of Schools.
600-HOUR PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY
The 600-hour Professional Massage Therapy Training Program at HHAC is a certificate program. Completion of this program will enable graduates to apply for the Hawaii State Massage Therapy Licensing Exam, as well as the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
Prospective students are asked to call for an appointment time before visiting the administration offices or classrooms. Appointments may be made by calling (808) 266-2462 or by EMAIL.
Prospective students will be required to submit a copy of their high school diploma or equivalent.
Once accepted into the program, the prospective student will be required to submit a TB skin clearance test.
INTENSIVE & PART-TIME CLASS SCHEDULES
We offer two programs with varying schedules to accommodate. Each program has 3 trimesters or levels.
Our INTENSIVE program is approximately 8 months long. Classes start off on Monday - Friday's from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Days and times will vary throughout the program.
Our PART-TIME program is approximately 11.5 months long. Classes are two weekday evenings (either Monday & Wednesday's or Tuesday & Thursday's) from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and Saturday's from 9:00am - 5:00pm. The Saturday class time will adjust during the last trimester/level of the program.
There is a Spring, Summer, and Winter Break throughout the calendar year. Some holidays will be observed.
1st Trimester: Fundamental Massage Therapy
Students will begin to explore their relationship to massage therapy and their own bodies through learning the basics: how to use the massage equipment; body mechanics; how to give a full body massage; hygiene and sanitation; professionalism and confidentiality; and how to articulate the benefits of massage therapy. Students will begin to explore basic anatomy and physiology and learn about the human body and its systems in both health and disease.
2nd Trimester: Advanced Massage Therapy and Special Populations
Students are now confident in their ability to provide a therapeutic relaxation massage, and will enter the Massage Professionals teaching clinic providing massage to the public. Throughout the second and third trimesters, the intern therapist will be exposed to special populations such as athletes, pregnant women, the terminally ill, the elderly, those with traumatic injuries, and physically and mentally challenged individuals. They will be exposed to complementary bodywork systems and study medical terminology, indications and contraindications for massage therapy, range of motion and stretches to teach the client and support their bodywork. Advanced studies in anatomy, physiology, and structural kinesiology will grant the student the opportunity to better understand structure and function related to the body in health and disorder. Students will continue to learn about the different systems of the body in both health and disease and begin to articulate communication necessary for interaction in a client-therapist relationship.
3rd Trimester: Clinical Massage Therapy
Paralleling the clinical internship, this academic session is designed with a focus on the further refinement of palpatory and assessment skills. Emphasis is placed on the development of a massage practice, case studies, interaction with medical professionals, when and how to refer, common medications and possible implications for massage. The advanced science-based curriculum will support this session with information about the physical conditions and variety of pathology a massage therapist may encounter in his or her practice, creating a therapist confident to treat in any therapeutic capacity.
$300 Non-refundable Registration Fee
$600 Textbooks, Supplies and Student Insurance
Subject to State Sales Tax 4.712%
Our Admissions Manager
Marlena Ranney, LMT
Marlena Ranney is the Admissions Manager at Hawaii Healing Arts College and a 2010 graduate. She has a passion for the healing arts and feels grateful to be able to share her experience with others who are also looking to embark on this unique path.
She continues to practice as an LMT in the school clinic, Massage Professionals and also independently.