Massage Therapy: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Massage Therapy: Certificate

Thrive. Become a massage therapist.

Enhance your livelihood through improving the mind, body and spirit of others.

Program Description

Applications will be accepted for this health science program until further notice.

Beginning Fall 2018, the TCL Massage Therapy program will offer BOTH a Daytime and an evening/Saturday option! 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). The Evening/Saturday schedule is also full-time, and will be held four evenings per week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, avg. 4.25 hours per evening, plus Saturday daytime, 8.5 hours), completed in three semesters (Fall/Spring/Summer).

Our new schedule tracks will allow Daytime and Evening/Saturday students to complete the program within exactly the same length of time. Fall Semester is 14 weeks long, Spring Semester is 14 weeks, and Summer Semester is 10 weeks, so students can accomplish their goals efficiently, and can maintain their work schedules while enrolled. The application process and eligibility requirements are the same for Daytime and Evening/Saturday, and applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2018.

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,

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).


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

COMTA LogoThe 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.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
TCL’s Massage Therapy program is the region’s best and most affordable option.
Quick Fact 2
The 750 hour Massage Therapy program is completed within three semesters.
Quick Fact 3
Employment for Massage Therapists increased 19% between 2011 and 2015 (AMTA).

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 Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission Requirements

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.

What does this program cost?*

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.

Additional Career & Education Opportunities:

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.

Is this program for you?

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

Program Dean

Glenn Levicki

Division Dean/Health Sciences


Denise Van Nostran

Director of Massage Therapy / Instructor/Health Sciences/New River

Margaret O'Sullivan

Academic Program Coordinator/Health Sciences

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