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 A growing body of research demonstrates that therapeutic massage relieves pain, reduces stress and provides the nourishing benefits of touch for mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to serve students and communities by preparing highly skilled massage practitioners to enter this fast-growing field.


 Massage Therapy is a branch of complementary health care that works to improve health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft body tissues. Successful completion of the Massage Therapy program, including coursework and supervised clinical practice, makes students eligible for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards fulfilling requirements for licensure in the state of South Carolina.



Licensed Massage Therapists work in a variety of settings. Nationally, approximately 56% of massage therapists work as small business owners in their own homes, rented offices or on-call in their clients’ homes. Others work as independent contractors or employees: 22% work in spas, resorts, salons or similar venues; 12% work onsite in corporate offices, health food stores or other business locations; 10% work in medical settings.

In 2009, the average annual income in South Carolina for Massage Therapists was $42,780.* Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.



 The Massage Therapy program of the Technical College of the Lowcountry is the first program in the State of South Carolina to be awarded accreditation by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).  TCL is already accredited as an institution; COMTA program accreditation applies rigorous standards specifically for massage teachers, the curriculum and program management.  Out of the nearly 1,500 massage schools in the U.S., approximately 100 have achieved and maintain COMTA accreditation.



  TCL offers a 750-hour, three-semester, 31-credit-hour training program for Massage Therapy. A certificate in Massage Therapy is awarded upon successful completion of the program. All Massage Therapy credit hours must be in-class with supervised instruction; distance learning may not be applied to this program. All courses in the Massage Therapy program take place at the TCL New River campus in Bluffton, SC.

Students receive hands-on classroom instruction in the following areas:

·  Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology

·  Body Mechanics and Injury Prevention for the Therapist

·  Swedish Massage Principles and Practice

·  Deep Tissue Therapy and Clinical Massage

·  Asian Massage Concepts and Modalities

·  Aromatherapy and Spa Treatments

·  Myofascial Release Therapy

·  Reflexology

·  Chair Massage

·  Sports Massage

·  Pregnancy Massage

·  Client Consultation and Assessment

·  Professional Ethics

·  Business Practices & Marketing

·  Laws & Regulations

·  Supervised Student Clinics plus Professional Practicum (Internship)
For list of required courses, please see course catalog.



   Applicants interested in the Massage Therapy program must first complete the college admission application process. The student will then make an appointment to meet with a Health Sciences Advisor. Acceptance into the college does not guarantee admission into a health sciences program. Applications for admission to the Massage Therapy program may only be obtained from Health Sciences Advisors.  Call 843.525.8267 for additional information and to schedule an appointment with an advisor.



Division Student Handbook 2016

MTH Student Handbook May 2016

TCL Massage Therapy Program Cost

Additional Financial Aid Awards




South Carolina Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for Massage Therapy

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworkdywork

American Massage Therapy Association

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals






  Maggie O’Sullivan

 Phone: 843.525.8326 / mosullivan@tcl.edu



  Denise Van Nostran, Program Director/Instructor

Phone: 843.470.6020 /dmvannostran@tcl.edu

Glenn Levicki, Health Sciences Division Dean

Phone: 843.525.8276 / glevicki@tcl.edu

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.