Massage Therapy Certificate

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Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. There is an ever increasing acceptance of massage as a holistic approach to health care and health maintenance.

A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, manual dexterity and ethical concepts prepare massage therapists to practice as health care professionals who are capable of addressing specific health issues and working in conjunction with other health care professionals.

Massage Therapists are prepared to deliver therapeutic massage which involves manipulation of the soft tissue structure of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms and stress. Therapeutic massage also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage has many forms, including Swedish, a gentle relaxing massage, pressure point therapy and sports massage.

Program Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 24 students to begin fall term. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Massage Therapy program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a grade of C or better or have appropriate placement test scores indicating readiness for ENG 101 and MAT 152. Once these courses have been successfully completed, a student may submit a Program-Ready Application to be considered for acceptance into a clinical semester. For more details about this progress, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Michelle Liggett


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

MAT 032 Developmental Mathematics (Non-Degree Credit) 3.0
MAT 012 Developmental Mathematics Workshop (Non-Degree Credit) 1.0
RDG 100 Critical Reading (Non-Degree Credit)
or appropriate test scores
ENG 100 Introduction to Composition (Non-Degree Credit)
or appropriate test scores
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
MTH 120 Introduction to Massage 4.0
MTH 121 Principles of Massage I 4.0
MTH 123 Massage Clinical I 3.0
MTH 113 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology for Massage Therapy 3.0
MTH 122 Principles of Massage II 4.0
MTH 126 Pathology for Massage Therapy 2.0
MTH 128 Clinical Applications of Massage 4.0
MTH 124 Massage Business Applications 3.0
MTH 127 Principles of Massage III 3.0
MTH 131 Clinical Applications of Massage II 4.0
MTH 132 Massage Therapy Seminar 1.0
Total Credit Hours: 40.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Massage Therapy Certificate requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 4/18/2012


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - To put touch back into health care through quality integrative educational and instructional experiences ancillary to traditional medicine by establishing competencies in collaboration with the workforce in order to further define and advance the highest standards in massage therapy and the bodywork profession.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper safe and sound therapeutic service delivery

  2. Perform routine evaluative client medical history intake assessing for indication and contraindication

  3. Document and chart therapeutic course of action and effect appropriate bodywork therapy

  4. Operate within scope of practice and refer out as deemed necessary

  5. Apply therapeutic ethics and laws specific to the practice of massage therapy

  6. Communicate professionally utilizing proper medical terminology

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function, and pathology

  8. Understand the process and procedures of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other potential physical and psychological contingencies

  9. Integrate technology and record keeping requirements specific to therapeutic service delivery and business practices

  10. Maintain integrity of therapy equipment and supplies

  11. Operate a therapeutic clinic in massage and bodywork

  12. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the National Certification Examination Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 


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Advisement Information

•  Students must attend a Health Science Information Session before initial registration. This is a mandatory college admissions requirement.

• Courses and clinicals are offered in the day only at the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood.

Requirements for Clinical Entry: To be eligible to apply for clinical entry, student must have successful completion of Developmental Mathematics (MAT 032/012), Critical Reading (RDG 100), and Introduction to Composition (ENG 100) with a 2.0 GPA or better. Students may place out of these courses with appropriate placement test scores. Successful completion of higher level courses such as ENG 101 and MAT 101 may be accepted as a substitution. It is recommended that the general education course Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112) be completed before program entry.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression in the program. Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Physical and Mental Standards: Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the Massage Therapy program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The current cost for these screenings, subject to change, is $82.50.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the Massage Therapy program will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine required.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, supplies, malpractice insurance, licensure preparation, and graduation fees. Students can expect to pay $300-400 for massage therapy equipment their second semester.

• Once students complete this certificate, they are eligible to sit for the National Board exam in Massage and Body Work.

Advisement Information updated 6/10/2014