CIP Code: 31.51.3501.00
Program Description: Massage therapy is the systematic and scientific manipulation of soft tissue with the intent of positively affecting the health and well-being of a client. Although some aspects of massage are instinctive, modern massage therapy is also a profession that requires licensure in most states. As a health care profession, the education of a massage therapist requires basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, pharmacology, business, self-care, nutrition, hydrotherapy and many other related topics. There are dozens of massage therapy modalities ranging from therapeutic to relaxation (spa). Some of these modalities include Swedish massage, sports, reflexology, medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial massage therapy, and pregnancy massage. The program includes training in both scientific and therapeutic application of many of these modalities. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to work independently or work for others in performing a full body relaxation or therapeutic massage session. Upon completion of the massage therapy program the student will also need to pass a state licensure exam in order to begin the process of applying for licensure. The content in the program is designed to provide the required information for this examination.
Massage Therapy is a two semester certification program that requires 750 clock hours for completion. Graduates are prepared to take the State of Tennessee Massage Licensure exam. Class size is limited and students are required to have a face-to-face interview with the instructor before being approved to register for the class. Students must also be 18 years or older on the first day of class.
Program Outcomes: The mission of the Massage Therapy Program is to guide selected individuals through an educational experience to become personally, professionally, and socially effective massage therapists. This program is designed to train students in the techniques and skills of massage therapy in preparation for becoming a licensed massage therapist. In addition, students will develop skills and techniques. Upon completion of the massage therapy program the student will also need to pass a state licensure exam in order to begin the process of applying for licensure.
Professional Accrediting Body:
State Agency/Entity Oversight: State of Tennessee Massage Licensure Board
Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: Licensed Massage Therapist