Massage Therapy: Certificate
Thrive. Become a massage therapist.
Enhance your livelihood through improving the mind, body and spirit of others.
Research demonstrates that massage relieves pain, reduces stress, and provides relaxation plus significant benefits for physical and psychological conditions.
Massage Therapists work to improve the health and well-being of their clients through the manipulation of muscle and connective tissues in a variety of techniques.
Licensed Massage Therapists may work as small business owners, as independent contractors or employees in spas or salons, in corporate offices, or in hospitals or other medical settings. The TCL Massage Therapy program prepares graduates to succeed on the paths of their choice.
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).
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A HEALTH SCIENCE ADVISOR PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. CALL 843-525-8267 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
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). TCL is already accredited as an institution through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 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.
What People Are Saying
“Because of COMTA accreditation and our successful track record, students are relocating here to enroll in the program.”
FAQs & Additional Informationtoggle all
All Massage Therapy credit hours must be in-class with supervised instruction; distance learning may not be applied to this program.
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.
31 credits x $170 per credit = $5,270.
This total out-of-pocket cost does not include S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. Pell Grants and Military benefits may be applied to this program. After financial aid is applied, many TCL students attend for no cost.
*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for massage therapists is $36,900, according to 2015 reports from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. That average includes both full-time and part-time massage therapists. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.
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.
Yes, particularly if you:
• Enjoy work that involves movement and fitness
• Have a compassionate, caring spirit for others
• Have an interest in holistic health
• Want to be part of a profession that is highly in demand
• Seek flexible employment options
• Division Student Handbook 2016
• MTH Student Handbook May 2016
• TCL Massage Therapy Program Cost
• MTH Curriculum Profile 2016
• MTH Application Checklist
• 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 & Bodywork
• American Massage Therapy Association
• Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
• Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Massage Therapy Certificate.