Massage Therapy Certificate in Applied Science
This program prepares students for entry-level positions as professional massage therapists.
The mission of the Massage Therapy Certificate program at Greenville Technical College is to offer a stable, reliable, high quality, affordable program to train students in basic therapeutic massage techniques; to educate them about the wellness model and how the human body is affected by massage; to prepare them for their role in the health care community; and to promote professionalism, caring, high ethical conduct and continuing education among all massage therapists. All faculty associated with the program will maintain high standards of personal and professional integrity.
Placement into ENG 101 English Composition I*, plus high school diploma or GED; Student must be 18 yrs. (17 yrs. with parental approval form)
- Acceptance requires that students attend a Massage Therapy Career Talk session and provide documentation of having received a professional massage.
- Technical standards (physical and mental requirements) for the program are also covered in the Massage Therapy Career Talk session.
Type of Program
Type of Degree
Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science
Note: Students must meet with the Department Head to determine a specific roadmap for the General Technology degree completion.
This program is offered at Greenville Tech’s Benson Campus (Fall & Spring Start)
Total Hours Required for Program
This program consists of 630 contact hours (24 credit hours).
Requirements for Completion
- Once admitted to the program, students must
- Attend New Massage Therapy Student orientation. (Students accepted into the program will be notified of date and time.)
- Have a criminal background report with no violent or sexual related offenses. Some criminal offenses older than 7 years may prevent admission into and progression through the program.
- Have a negative 10-panel drug screen report.
- To complete this certificate program, students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses (Lecture, Lab & Hands-on Exams)
Licensed Massage/Bodywork Therapist must be 18 yrs. (17 yrs. with parental approval form) of age or older; subject to passing massage program and state-recognized national licensure exam.
- Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards licensure exam (MBLEx), as required for SC Massage/Bodywork licensure. Fees for the exam are included as a course fee in MTH 124 Massage Business Application.
Private practice, physical fitness facilities, hotels/resorts, sports medicine clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities, spas and cruise ships.
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/massage/.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for alternate schedules.
For fall start day students.
|MTH 120||Introduction to Massage||4|
|MTH 121||Principles of Massage I||4|
|MTH 136||Kinesiology for Massage Therapy||2|
|MTH 137||Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy I||2|
|Total Semester Hours||12|
|MTH 122||Principles of Massage II||4|
|MTH 123||Massage Clinical I||3|
|MTH 124||Massage Business Application||3|
|MTH 139||Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy III||2|
|Total Semester Hours||12|
|Total Required Credit Hours||24|
The Massage Therapy Department also offers several electives to enhance the massage student’s education. These courses are optional for the Massage Therapy certificate program and are electives for the Associate of Applied Science General Technology degree:
- MTH 108 Introduction to Aromatherapy
- MTH 110 Principles of Yoga
- MTH 129 Principles of Massage IV
- MTH 130 Aromatherapy I
- MTH 132 Massage Therapy Seminar (ex., Hot Stone/Qigong/Meditation)1
- MTH 133 Massage Clinical II
- MTH 135 Massage Practicum
- MTH 142 Sports Massage
- MTH 143 Applied Massage Therapy for Athletes
- MTH 144 Somatic Emotional Release
- MTH 146 Polarity Therapy
See program faculty to verify specific topics per semester.