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2024-2025 SCC Catalog 
2024-2025 SCC Catalog

Massage Therapy Certificate

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Program Start Date: Fall Term/Spring Term 
Minimum Program Length: 42 academic weeks; 3 terms; 38 credits
Program ID:  CT.MT
Curriculum Code: 70795

Program Description

The Massage Therapy Certificate offers an entry-level training program for students interested in becoming a supportive health care provider in the Massage Therapy profession, or for health care providers looking to enhance their range of clinical skills and knowledge. During their training, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body and a high degree of technical skills with an emphasis on personal and professional development, along with increased self-awareness and sensitivity.

Therapeutic Massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress, and to promote health and wellness. The health care provider applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively effecting the health and well-being of the client. Graduates enjoy the benefits of being of service to others and having work that is meaningful.

Professional Opportunities

There are a wide range of career opportunities available in this rapidly expanding field. Licensed massage therapists may choose to work in hospitals, chiropractic offices, pain management offices, spas, health clubs, cruise ships, resorts, health care/healing centers, or private practice.

Unique Aspects

A criminal background investigation (CBI) and drug testing are required at student expense for each Health and Human Services student who has been accepted into a Spartanburg Community College curriculum program of study. For more information, please visit the Criminal Background Investigations and Drug Testing Policy section of the SCC webpage.

Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to apply to take the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards exam. After passing the national certification exam, students may then apply to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and regulation board of Massage/Body Work Therapy for state licensing to practice in South Carolina or will need to meet state licensure requirements if practicing in another state.

Practical Experience

During the clinical portions of the program, students will work in various clinical settings. During the spring semester, students operate an on-campus clinic during regular class hours. In the summer semester, students will be assigned to various clinical facilities in the area. These clinics operate mostly during the regular working hours of the day. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences.

EEDA Career Cluster

Health Sciences

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional responsibility and adherence to ethical principles.
  2. Identify common evidence-based indications and contraindications for massage, and discuss the benefits of massage with clients.
  3. Demonstrate active listening and critical thinking skills in interviewing and determining an appropriate treatment plan based on client goals.
  4. Provide a professional and effective massage using classic (Swedish) techniques for relaxation and clinical strokes to address client musculoskeletal complaints.

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