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Therapeutic Massage
|Associate Degree Program (A45750)



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The Massage Therapy 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.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.


Career Outline

Employment opportunities may be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs, and private practice.  Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination or National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Upon passing one of these examinations, a candidate may apply for North Carolina State License for Massage and Bodywork.  Licensure is MANDATORY to practice massage in the state of North Carolina.

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The Therapeutic Massage curriculum offers two options – a degree and a diploma program.

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The Therapeutic Massage curriculum offers two options - a degree and a diploma program.
Completion of the degree program is highly recommended as it prepares the graduate to be a practitioner with a broader knowledge base in the practice of Therapeutic Massage.


First Semester (Fall)
  Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
MTH 110 Fundamentals of Massage 6 12 0 10
    15 15 0 20
Second Semester (Spring)          
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 0 4
SELECT ONE: (BUS 137 OR 230)        
BUS 137 Principles of Management 3 0 0 3
BUS 230 Small Business Management 3 0 0 3
MTH 120 Therapeutic Massage Applications 6 12 0 10
MTH 121 Clinical Supplement 0 0 3 1
MTH 125 Ethics of Massage 2 0 0 2
    14 15 3 20
Third Semester (Fall)          
BIO 271 Pathophysiology 3 0 0 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3 0 0 3
COM 120 Interpersonal Communication 3 0 0 3
MTH 210 Advanced Skills of Massage 4 9 3 8
MTH 221 Clinical Supplement II 0 0 6 2
Total   10 9 9 19
Fourth Semester (Spring)          
  Humanities Elective* 3 0 0 3
MTH 220 Outcome-based Massage 4 6 3 7
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life 1 2 0 2
PED 122 Yoga 0 2 0 1
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3 0 0 3
Total   8 10 3 16

*Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select One) - Art, Literature, Humanities, Philosophy or Religion.

Total Required Minimum Semester Hours Credit:                75

*Graduates may be eligible to take th massage and Bodywork Licensing Examiniation for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Upon passing this examiniation, a candidate may apply for North Carolina State License for Massage and Bodywork. Licensure is Mandatory to practice massage in the state of North Carolina.

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Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Therapeutic Massage program MUST meet the following requirements for General Admission to the college:


  • Submit to the Admissions Office a completed Application for Admission.
  • Request that your high school mail an official high school transcript to the Admissions Office at Gaston College, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC  28034.  The documentation listed below can be submitted in the place of a traditional high school transcript.
  • Official Adult High School transcript
  • Official copies of GED scores
  • Official transcript from International Correspondence School
  • Official transcript from Home School
  • Request that all colleges previously attended submit official transcripts.
  • Schedule and take the placement test.  The placement test may not be required of any person who has scored 500 on the verbal section and 520 on the math section of the SAT.  Students who score a 21 or higher on the English portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Writing and Reading portions of the college’s placement test.  Students who score a 21 or higher on Mathematics portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Math portion of the college’s placement test.  (All test scores must be less than five years old.)  A transfer student who has earned a “C” in both college level math and English from a regionally accredited institution shall have the test waived.
  • Applicants from countries whose language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring no less than 540 (207 on the computer) on the Test of  English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). United States resident applicants whose primary spoken language is not English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency. This may be established by scoring no less that 540 (207 on the computer) on the TOEFL.


  1. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better in required college courses.
  2. Must have grades of “C” or better in all related courses.
  3. Must have completed the required Biology courses within 5 years from the date of application to the program.


The following criteria will be utilized by the Admissions Committee in the selection process of recommending applicants for admission to the program:


  • The number of related courses completed by end of the fall semester prior to making application.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) in related courses.
  • Interview with Therapeutic Massage Director.
  • Proof of receiveing a one hour full body Swedish professional massage.

The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the Department Chairman in consultation with the Dean of Health Sciences.  Required before entrance into the program by date to be announced by the Therapeutic Massage Chair:


1.  Criminal Background Checks, Annual Drug Screening and Finger Prints: In order to comply with current Student Facility Affiliation Agreements students admitted into the Therapeutic Massage Program will be required to complete successful Criminal Background checks and Drug Screens according to Gaston College procedures before being placed in a clinical facility.  The facility reserves the right to deny the student access to the facility. Completion of clinical experience is required for the satisfactory completion of the program.  More information will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the program.

 2. A completed Health Form documenting satisfacory Emotional and Physical Health

3. A completed Dental Form documenting satisfactory dental health.

4. A current Adult and Infant CPR Certification.


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First Semester

Estimated Cost

1. Physical Examination


2. Hepatitis B Vaccination Series


3. Registration Fees*


4. Malpractice Insurance


5. Uniforms


6. Textbooks


7. Individual Lab Supplies


8. Professional Massage


9. Criminal Background Check


10. Fingerprints/FBI


11. Drug Screen


12. CPR Course







Second Semester

Estimated Cost

Registration Fees









 Third Semester


1. Registration Fees


2. Malpractice Insurance


3. Textbooks


4. Individual Lab Supplies





Fourth Semester


1. Registration Fees


2. Textbooks


3. Examination & Licensure Fee


4. Graduation Fee






1. Additional costs include massage table which may range from $400.00 to $700.00


2. Fees for Examination and Licensure






Total Estimated Cost ** 3,887.00

*Registration Fees include tuition, lab fees, Student Activity Fee, and usage Fee.

Contact Us

Monica Phillips, MA, LMBT
Director, Therapeutic Massage Program
Phone: 704.922.2270

Faculty Member Office Phone E-mail Address
Secretary (704) 922-6377

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