Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Therapeutic Massage Certificate*

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*This program is not currently admitting new students. 

Length: 39 credits

Purpose: The program is designed to prepare students with the skills and competencies necessary to enter into the field of massage therapy.

Employment Objectives: Obtain employment as a massage therapist in a variety of settings such as health care, business, recreational settings, and self-employment. Businesses using massage therapists include hotels, cruise ships, hospitals, corporations, doctor’s offices, and many spa or personal wellness agencies.

Potential Certification: A graduate may apply to take the MBLEX after successful completion of the education program, in addition the graduate may apply for licensure in Virginia as a Massage Therapist. A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for licensure as a massage therapist subsequent to completion of this education program must comply with the licensure requirements for the student’s state of residence. This education program may not meet the requirements for licensing or certification for the student’s state of residence.

Program Learning Outcomes: A student will be able to:

  • demonstrate practical ability to deliver massage at the introductory level;
  • demonstrate practical ability to deliver massages using specified techniques; and
  • identify all major systems within the human body and list each major organ with its primary functions

Curricular Requirements: Core therapeutic massage courses that are greater than five years old must be repeated for credit to be eligible for program graduation. This program starts a new cohort every third semester (contingent on enrollment), interested students should contact the Nursing and Allied Health office for specific program cycle start dates. 

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 24

Minimum Required for Certificate: 39 Credits

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Developmental Prerequisites  include placement of EDE 11 for English  and exceeds MDE 10 for math. 

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