Advanced Bodyworker Program

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Get an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Massage in 15 Months*

The Advanced Bodyworker program is an extensive study in Massage Therapy modalities with emphasis on wellness, pathology, massage protocols, and the business skills necessary to manage and maintain a massage therapy business.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive an occupational Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree and are prepared for an entry-level position as an Advanced Bodyworker utilizing advanced bodywork modalities. This program is designed to provide interested individuals with the in-depth massage training and advanced credentials it takes to be an advanced practitioner.

I knew I didn’t want the 4 year college life. Career Training Academy was my first choice. The advanced Bodyworker degree program was exactly what I was looking for. I love what I do, and I enjoy the people and I am proud of the help that I can give them.

Resa Bush, Massage Therapy Graduate

Schedule: Classes Just 4 Days Per Week

CTA programs are specifically designed to fit the needs of busy adult learners. Classes run just 4 days per week. Plus support is in place to help you balance work, family and other responsibilities while you pursue your new career.

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Student Clinic: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Note: Additional Clinics may be scheduled and substituted for the Saturday hours.

The Advanced Bodywork Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree program can be completed in 15 months*.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for massage therapist and advanced bodyworker positions. Many massage professionals even choose to work independently or set up their own practice. Massage therapy professionals work in a variety of interesting settings, including:



Fitness Centers


Healthcare Centers

Sports Organizations


Students in this program get the hands-on training, practical clinic experience and industry support it takes to pursue successful massage careers. Courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Aromatherapy/Homeopathic Remedies, Oils
  • Kinesiology
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Swedish Massage
  • Body Reflexology
  • Sports Massage
  • Chiropractic Assistance
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Shiatsu
  • Stretching/Acuyoga
  • Myotherapy
  • Chiropractic Assistance/Geriatric Massage
  • Acupressure
  • Intro to Marketing
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Business Principles
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Infant Massage
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Advanced Chair Massage
  • Trigger Points
  • Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Principles of Wellness
  • Introduction to Spa Techniques
  • Advanced Marketing
  • Orthopedic Assessment
  • Myofascial Release
  • Introduction to Polarity Therapy
  • Protocols for Specific Pain Dysfunction
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Medical Massage and Research
  • and more! 


Licensing & Certification

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Advanced Bodywork Degree program graduates are fully prepared and eligible for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX), offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board

Graduate Success Story

Benjamin Phillip, LMT, AST, Owner of Massage Life

Ben enrolled at Career Training Academy in February of 2010 in the Advanced Bodyworker Degree program. He graduated in September of 2011, passed his national certification test in November of 2011, received his license in January 2012 and opened his business, “Massage Life” in June 2012.

Ben stated his instructors were very helpful, giving him the extra push when he needed it! He enjoyed the clinic experience as well as the medical massage program. Ben’s Advice to new students: “You are worth it – Push yourself toward your goals.”

Is the Advanced Bodyworker Program Right for You? Get More Info… 

A helpful CTA Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

For immediate questions, call 1-866-673-7773

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, visit: Consumer Information (Lower Burrell Day / Lower Burrell Evening / Pittsburgh Day / Pittsburgh Evening)

* 15 month program length when completed in normal time.