Massage Therapy Program

Health care is moving from a field devoted to treatment and focusing more on prevention. Skilled massage therapists can help clients deal with injuries, stress and a host of other problems, as well as promote well being. Respect for the profession is growing, and today many hospitals, physicians and chiropractors are recognizing the benefits of therapeutic massage.

The Massage Therapy program at Greenville Technical College, with 810 classroom and clinical hours led by experienced professionals, will prepare students for the certification exam and this high-touch career. Hands-on experience is included in the program and practiced at an offsite externship and in our massage clinics offered to the public.

A career you can count on

A career as a massage therapist is physically challenging, yet also very rewarding, because many clients experience immediate results. A therapist who continues to learn the latest techniques, uses discretion, and upholds high standards can build a financially successful and personally gratifying practice.

Employment opportunities include full-time or part-time options, allowing you to set your own schedule. Open your own business, establish a franchise, or find positions in:

  • Health clubs
  • Spas
  • Chiropractic offices  
         
  • Cruise ships
  • Salons
  • Yoga centers
       
  • Sports teams
  • Clinics

National employment and career information for the field of massage therapy is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

Students gain an understanding of how the structural, physiological and emotional components of the body are affected by massage, as well as the legal, financial and ethical aspects of the profession.

The program builds on a foundation of

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Swedish massage techniques
  • Structural analysis
  • Deep tissue and neuromuscular techniques
  • Optional sports massage, aromatherapy, somatic emotional release

Accreditation and Certification

In order to obtain a license to practice in South Carolina, massage therapists must pass a certification examination. South Carolina requires a minimum of 500 hours of classroom training to become eligible to take the NCE or MBLex exam.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Program details and courses

Massage Therapy
Certificate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as professional massage therapists with 810 contact hours offered in two different tracks:

  • Part-time Day Program (three semesters) (Fall or Spring start)
  • Evening Program (five semesters and may require some Saturday hours) (Fall start only)

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards licensure exam (MBLEx) or the NCBTMB’s licensure exam (NESL) as required for SC massage therapy licensure.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science 

 
The Massage Therapy certificate may also be applied to the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Technologies. This degree program offers students the opportunity to design a program of study to meet individual needs, combining major courses, general education courses, and additional hours.

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Massage Therapy Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Tech admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health Sciences and Nursing Division must also successfully complete the following:

Career Talk 
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health Sciences and Nursing Division students. Click here for the Career Talk monthly schedule.

Division Policies
The Massage Therapy program strictly adheres to all the Health Sciences and Nursing Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.

 

MISSION/OUTCOMES/MANUALS

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Massage Therapy.