Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Overview

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The goal of the Massage Therapy program is to prepare students for an entry-level career in therapeutic massage as a Certified Massage Therapist (Virginia).

For more information about this program and its outcomes, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Massage Therapy Program Description

What You Can Learn in Massage Therapy

The program teaches the art and science of massage therapy while focusing on the medical and rehabilitative effects of massage. It is designed to teach sound business practices, thus preparing students for success in the workplace.

With the integration of clinical experience and hands-on work through an externship, the curriculum can provide the student with an opportunity to see and experience care as it is given to patients in various stages of health. Upon successful completion of the program:

  • Graduates may apply to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) to take the National Certification Exam.
  • After passing the National Certification Exam, graduates may apply to the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy for their license OR to the Virginia Board of Nursing for certification as massage therapists in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Where You Can Go in Massage Therapy

Licensed Massage Therapist (in North Carolina) or Certified Massage Therapist (in Virginia) entry-level employment opportunities include:

  • Spas
  • Private Practice
  • Private Industry
  • Wellness Centers
  • Fitness Institutions
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Health Care Environments (i.e. Chiropractor, Pain Management Centers, Physical Therapists’ and Physicians’ Offices, Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers)