Therapeutic Massage

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What you can get

Therapeutic Massage
: Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Therapeutic Massage
: Diploma

What it's about

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.

Jobs available

Graduates will qualify for employment opportunities in spas, health clubs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, gyms, massage clinics, health and sports clubs and private practice. Graduates will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX).

Courses you'll take

Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.

What you'll gain

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.


Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment counselor.


Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the physiological and emotional benefits of massage therapy. 
  2. Execute an effective treatment plan based on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies as well as assessment of client information.
  3. 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.
  4. Develop successful and ethical client-therapist relationships.
  5. Demonstrate appreciation for the legal, ethical, and professional parameters essential to the profession of massage therapy.
  6. Model oral and written communication skills appropriate for establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with clients and interacting with other professionals.
  7. 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. 

Technical Standards: 

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 Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Therapeutic Massage program must have:

  1. 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.
  2. Completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores, or have been exempted from placement or satisfactorily completed all needed preparatory courses by the end of spring semester prior to acceptance.

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.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite MTH course requirements with a grade of “C” or better 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.