THRIVE: BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST
The TCL Massage Therapy program offers a daytime schedule for courses. The Daytime schedule is a full-time course load organized within three full days per week (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, avg. 8.5 hours per day), completed in three semesters (Fall/Spring/Summer). Students build a strong academic foundation as well as developing refined technical skills, and the TCL Massage Therapy program has maintained a 100% completion rate for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) for over a decade.
Students interested in the Massage Therapy program are invited to visit the campus, speak with our current students, and schedule time to observe class in session. For more information contact Denise Van Nostran, Director of Massage therapy, email@example.com.
Technical College of the Lowcountry’s 750-hour, three-semester, 31-credit-hour Massage Therapy training program is offered entirely at the New River Campus in Bluffton.
Courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Swedish Massage Principles and Practice, Deep Tissue and Muscle Energy/Stretching Techniques, Pregnancy Massage, Aromatherapy and Spa Treatments, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Reflexology, plus Supervised Student Clinics and Professional Practicum (Internship).
The TCL Massage Therapy program may be included in a General Technology Associates Degree, allowing students to obtain a two-year degree if that is their goal. Please speak with your Health Sciences advisor for more information.
Certify Your Skills
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.
Accreditation & Accolades
The Massage Therapy program of the Technical College of the Lowcountry is the only program in the State of South Carolina to be awarded accreditation by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). COMTA program accreditation applies rigorous standards specifically for the Massage Therapy curriculum, program management, and teacher qualifications. Out of the nearly 1,500 massage schools in the U.S., fewer than 100 have achieved and maintain COMTA accreditation.
Program Director Denise Van Nostran serves as Vice-Chair of the South Carolina Massage Therapy Panel, and has been appointed to the 11 member Commission for Massage Therapy Accreditation, the governing body responsible for evaluating accreditation applications from massage therapy programs across the nation.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The application period for the Fall 2023 goes through May 25, 2023. Visit https://www.tcl.edu/academics/pathways/health-sciences/health-sciences-application-process/ for more information.
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TCL’s Massage Therapy program is the region’s best and most affordable option.
CAREER IN A YEAR
The 750 hour Massage Therapy program is completed within three semesters.
Employment for Massage Therapists will continue to grow.
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for massage therapists is $43,050 according to 2022 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That average includes both full-time and part-time massage therapists. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience. In addition, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations
Total Program Tuition: 31 credits x $214 per credit = $6,634.
Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.
*Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary; all subject to change.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Our graduates are in demand. Because of COMTA accreditation, our successful track record, and the employment opportunities in our area, students are relocating here to enroll in the program.”
Denise Van Nostran