Nursing and Allied Health


Gina Puglisi
Instructor, Massage Therapy; Program Coordinator
Location: CA-113
Phone: 716-614-6851

Massage Therapy, A.A.S.


Once enrolled in the Massage Therapy program students will develop a keen understanding of the benefits of massage therapy. They will learn that massage therapy has many benefits including increasing the circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of muscles and decreasing pain while increasing range of motion. They will begin to appreciate the important role a Massage Therapist can play in the comprehensive healthcare of their client. The student will be introduced to various forms and styles of massage including relaxation massage, prenatal massage, sports massage, oriental massage(Shiatsu), etc.. They will gain experience in the hands-on treatment of clients in our Student Clinic. In the Student Clinic the student will learn how to interact with a client in a professional manner, formulate a treatment plan and take thorough notes. Upon graduation the student is eligible to sit for the New York State licensing exam. Once the graduate is licensed he or she has a variety of employment options including: self employment, medical offices, chiropractic offices, hospitals, cruise ships, salons, gyms. The opportunities are tremendous.

Massage Therapy

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for licensure in massage therapy.
  • To give students an opportunity to develop skills in both Eastern and Western (Shiatsu) massage.
  • To provide students an opportunity to work in a Student Clinic.
  • To prepare students for the various employment opportunities after licensure.

Expected Growth of Occupations

Data from the NYS Department of Labor predicts that New York will need approximately 15,560 new healthcare practitioners and healthcare technicians per year to meet the needs of the state's health care system.

Expected Growth of Occupations
*Data taken from NYS Occupational Handbook