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Massage Therapy (550 Hours)

This program provides participants with the basic information and skills needed to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). Graduates who pass this exam may apply for licensure to practice in North Carolina. Students will be prepared to work in direct care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction, and kneading of the body’s soft tissues to support wellness throughout the lifespan. Graduates who become licensed should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals and other medical settings, rehabilitation centers, sport or health clubs, retirement communities, day spas, resorts, and private practice. 

 Cost of Class:  

  • Tuition/Registration: $180
  • Text: $300 (approximately)
  • Supplies: $150 (approximately)
  • Cost of CPR card: $5
  • Liability insurance: $13
  • Optional accident insurance: $1.20

Admissions Requirements:   

  • Must be at least 18 years of age   
  • Provide proof of high school completion (high school transcripts, copy of high school diploma, or copy of completion of GED requirements)   
  • Provide documentation of complete immunization records including proof of MMR 1 and 2 or individual titers, current TB test, varicella infection by medical record, varicella titer, or varicella immunization if titer is negative, proof of hepatitis B vaccine (completed dose 1,2, and, 3) or signed MCC waiver prior to clinical start date.  
  • Demonstrate reading proficiency either by college transcripts, a computerized placement test, or the CASAS reading test  
  • Provide two forms of identification (driver’s license, social security card) at registration   

Training Includes:   

  • Anatomy and physiology related to the practice of massage therapy   
  • Professional ethics   
  • Business management   
  • Fundamental theory and practice of massage and bodywork therapy including hands-on practice   
  • Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and other specific topics such as shiatsu   
  • Standard practices for hygiene   
  • Psychological concepts including client/therapist relationship/professional communication skills.  

Other Fees: 

  • Certification exam: $195
  • License application fee: $20
  • North Carolina license fee: $190

Students in the program may get help paying for class by calling 828.766.1297. 

Class Dates and Instructors:

10/03/23-8/01/24, TWTh, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
plus 12 Fridays or Saturdays for clinical midway through program.

Instructor: Thompson
Yancey 828.682.7315