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. 

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

Therapeutic Massage Clinic Services


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.


Program Accreditation

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.


Estimated Program Expenses

Tuition^* $2,888.00 $10,184.00
Student Activity Fee $105.00 $105.00
Technology Fee $144.00 $144.00
General Education Course fees $0-75.00 $0-75.00
Malpractice Insurance $36.00 $36.00
Textbooks $600.00 $600.00
Materials and Supplies $150.00 $150.00
Uniform $150.00 $150.00
Admissions Physical $100.00 $100.00
Professional Massage $150.00 $150.00
National Certification Exam Application $265.00 $265.00
North Carolina Licensure fee $170.00 $170.00

*Program credit hours: 38 – $76.00 per credit hour in-state tuition, $268.00 per credit hour out-of-state tuition.
^These costs are associated with the Therapeutic Massage Diploma. Students are eligible for licensed work after completion of the diploma. We encourage students to continue an additional year to attain their associates degree at additional costs.

In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, physical exam, immunizations,
insurance, and travel.


Contact Information

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

For Clinic Services