Therapeutic Massage – Spa Specialist Degree

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Spa Specialist - woman in white coatAre you looking for a service-oriented career helping people achieve and maintain their wellness goals? Would you like to earn a versatile degree that would allow you to work for a healthcare organization or create your own private practice? Gaston College’s Therapeutic Massage – Spa Specialist associate degree program can prepare you for work in direct client care providing therapeutic massage services.

Careers as a Spa Specialist

Therapeutic massage has taken a more prominent role in people’s health and wellness routines, and the demand for licensed massage therapists in healthcare is growing. There are a lot of exciting possibilities for students who earn a degree in therapeutic massage. With this degree and a passing grade on the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam you could work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Health Departments
  • Home Healthcare
  • Spas
  • Health/Sports Clubs
  • Private Practice

Practice in a State-of-the-Art Clinic

As a part of the program, students are required to complete 50 one-hour massages in Gaston College’s state-of-the-art clinic. This supervised, hands-on experience allows students to learn what it’s like to practice at a professional clinic while providing an affordable community service to the clinic’s clients.

Curriculum Overview

The Therapeutic Massage curriculum offers three options: degree, diploma, and certificate. The degree program is highly recommended because it offers the most comprehensive overview of the practice of therapeutic massage. Courses in this program include:

  • Fundamentals of Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage Management
  • Ethics of Massage
  • Survey of Medical Terminology
  • Yoga
  • Developmental Psychology

Ready to Learn More?

Take the next step and learn more about Gaston College’s Therapeutic Massage Program by downloading our free program preview with a more in-depth overview of the courses offered in this program.



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