The Massage Therapy program prepares students to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction, and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan. Coursework includes normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, and business practices. Employment opportunities may be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health agencies, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates will be eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
To become a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist in North Carolina, you must obtain a license from the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). The mission and purpose of the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy is to regulate the practice of massage and bodywork therapy in the State of North Carolina in order to ensure minimum standards of competency and to protect public health, safety and welfare.
The board regulates the practice of massage and bodywork therapy by:
- Determining the qualifications of persons seeking to practice massage and bodywork therapy and authorizing persons who have met the statutory requirements to so practice.
- Enforcing the provisions of laws governing the practice of massage and bodywork therapy and those duly enacted rules designed to ensure its safe and ethical practice.
Requirements for Licensure
Upon application to the board and the payment of the required fees, an applicant may be licensed as a massage and bodywork therapy if the applicant meets all of the following qualifications:
- Has obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
- Is 18 years of age or older
- Is of good moral character as determined by the board
- Has successfully completed a training program of a minimum of 500 in-class hours of supervised instruction at a board-approved school
- Has passed a competency examination that meets generally accepted psychometric principles and standards and is approved by the board
- Has submitted fingerprint cards in a form acceptable to the board at the time the license application is filed and consented to a criminal history record check by the North Carolina Department of Justice.
- Demonstrates satisfactory proof of proficiency in the English Language.
This program is designed to prepare students for both state and national massage therapy licensing exams through classwork and practical, hands-on training. Students will obtain a foundation for practice as an entry-level professional massage therapist. Topics will include education, anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, communication, client evaluation, technique, pain relief, stress management, professional standards, and practice management.
- Proof of age as 18 years or older
- Proof of a high school diploma (copy of diploma), GED (copy of diploma), or college transcript (official or unofficial)
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Meet the English Language requirement
- Complete the Technical Standards form
- Complete the COVID-19 vaccination form
- Attend a pre-enrollment telephone interview or attend an information session
For more information about the Therapeutic Massage program, please contact the Program Director, Nancy Harrell.