TCL first in S.C. to earn specialized massage therapy program accreditation | Technical College of the LowCountry

TCL first in S.C. to earn specialized massage therapy program accreditation

April 27, 2011

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The Technical College of the Lowcountry massage therapy program recently earned specialized program accreditation from the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), making it the first and only massage therapy program in South Carolina with this classification.


“We are extremely excited about this accomplishment for the College,” said TCL massage therapy director Denise Van Nostran, LMT, NCTMB. “We have always been dedicated to offering excellence in massage therapy education, and this accreditation adds another level of distinction.”


COMTA program accreditation applies rigorous standards specifically for massage teachers, the curriculum and program management.  The organization was formed to establish and maintain the quality and integrity of the profession. In 2002, COMTA was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency, an acknowledgement of its expertise in ensuring quality education and allowing programs to access federal student aid funds.


Out of the nearly 1,500 massage schools in the United States, approximately 100 have achieved and maintain COMTA accreditation.


TCL’s massage therapy program graduates have a 90 percent or better pass rate on licensing exams and are currently employed in medical facilities, spas, and in private practices in South Carolina and throughout the U.S.


Applications are being accepted for fall 2011 entry into the one-year, three-semester massage therapy certificate program. For more information, please contact  Van Nostran at 843-470-6020 or at


COMTA accreditation is TCL’s latest addition to a host of other specialized program accreditations that include:

  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • South Carolina Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


In addition, TCL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Technical College of the Lowcountry.


The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.

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