Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, recently added an Associate of Applied Science degree in massage therapy to its growing list of degree offerings.

“We wanted to respond to the trend in the marketplace, employers’ outlook, and provide a broader educational experience,” said Dale Healey, D.C., dean of the School of Massage Therapy.

With employment options for massage therapists expanding into hospitals, chiropractic offices, and other health care environments, the demand for academic credentials beyond the certificate grows. “The associate degree reflects the growing sophistication of massage therapy careers these days,” said Michael Wiles, DC, provost.

“More than half the students in the School of Massage Therapy are enrolled in the new degree program,” said Healey. “The student response is overwhelming.”

The difference between the degree and certificate is the general education requirements for the degree. The degree requires 60 semester credits where as the certificate requires 41.5 credits. Students who pursue the degree will need to take an additional 15 general education credits, a half credit hydrotherapy course plus three elective credits.

Source: Northwestern Health Sciences University.