Therapeutic Massage

The Therapeutic Massage Curriculum prepares graduates 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.

Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.

Employment opportunities include hospitals/rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas/health/sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.

The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy may deny a license to practice massage and bodywork therapy if an applicant has a criminal record or there is other evidence that indicates the applicant lacks good moral character.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

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Unique Aspects

The Sandhills Community College Therapeutic Massage program is one of the oldest such degree programs in North Carolina, offering the highest level of training for Massage Therapists in NC since 2001.

Success in this field is tied to the theoretical understanding of the subject combined with clinical experience. Students in our program start serving clients in the student clinic sooner than any other community college, in their first semester. This marriage of clinical experience with a strong base of core knowledge ” including anatomy, physiology, communication, psychology, and energetic concepts ” creates a well-rounded and grounded student therapist ready to succeed in a variety of work environments upon graduation.

Traditional and Asian concepts are taught. For the student who wants to promote healthy living and serve others, the unification of the two methods can be a recipe for career success.

Special Program Requirements

Students with a criminal conviction may not be eligible for a state license, which is required for employment. Each situation is evaluated on an individual basis by the NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (919-546-0050 or

Students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, medical exam, insurance, and travel to clinical sites.

Admission Requirements

Admissions to Sandhills Community College does not guarantee admission to this program. Testing and placement criteria must be met.

Stage 1
During Stage 1 students will meet all general college requirements listed on the college admission section, including maintaining good academic standing (GPA 2.0), plus the following requirements:

Test Score/Class Requirements
Students must place into:

  • ENG 111 Expository Writing or higher
  • MAT 115 or higher

Checklist Review
Once you have completed all of the above steps for Admission, you must meet with the program coordinator to be placed into the qualified applicant pool (Stage 2). Failure to do so, may affect eligibility to enter the program.

Stage 2
All qualified applicants must:

  • Attend the Spring Therapeutic Massage orientation for early admission consideration.
  • Complete the Admission Summary Sheet (which will be distributed at the Spring Orientation).
  • Attend the Summer Therapeutic Massage orientation for regular admission.

Acceptance into the Therapeutic Massage program is based on a weighted entry system. The Admission Summary Sheet has been designed to weight co-requisite courses (such as Anatomy and Physiology) and/or your high school or college GPA.

Stage 3
All accepted applicants must:

  • Receive an Acceptance Letter from the Program Coordinator.
  • Complete all required medical forms.
  • Obtain and submit documentation of your current AHA or American Red Cross CPR registration.
  • Register for fall semester MTH courses.

Contact Information

Samantha Allen
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
116 Meyer Hall
(910) 695-3966