A45750 Total credit hours: 66
The Therapeutic Massage curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan.
Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.
Employment opportunities include hospitals/rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas/health/sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Describe the physiological and emotional benefits of massage therapy.
- Execute an effective treatment plan based on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies as well as assessment of client information.
- Perform massage therapy for therapeutic benefit through application of techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration while utilizing the hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, and forearms and/or feet as appropriate.
- Develop successful and ethical client-therapist relationships.
- Demonstrate appreciation for the legal, ethical, and professional parameters essential to the profession of massage therapy.
- Model oral and written communication skills appropriate for establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with clients and interacting with other professionals.
- Develop employment strategies and/or a business plan that reflect(s) understanding of business practices, legal issues, and federal, state, and local regulations related to the practice of massage therapy.
In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of therapeutic massage. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. Therapeutic Massage Technical Standards (PDF)
Applicants for admission to the Therapeutic Massage program must have graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the High School Equivalency with an equivalency certification which meets minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina. Official high school transcript and copy of AHS Diploma/High School Equivalency Certificate and official college transcripts, where applicable, must be on file in the Admissions Office. Students must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the program.
Transfer Credit for Therapeutic Massage Courses
The decision regarding transfer credit for therapeutic massage courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.
A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all MTH prefix courses in order to progress in the program.
Criminal Background Check
The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy may deny a license to practice massage and bodywork therapy if an applicant has a criminal record or there is other evidence that indicates the applicant lacks good moral character.