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    May 27, 2020  
2016-17 Gaston College Catalog 

Therapeutic Massage Practitioner I (C45750MA)

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Students must complete both Therapeutic Massage Practitioner I and Therapeutic Massage Practitioner II Certificates to be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.

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.

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. Upon completing Certificate I & II, graduates may be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam. Upon passing this exam 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. Refer to website: for details.

The Therapeutic Massage curriculum offers three options: a degree, diploma and certificate(s) 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Plan, organize and deliver an effective massage session.
  2. Perform within the ethical, legal and professional parameters set forth by the N.C. Board of Massage & Bodywork.
  3. Perform massage therapy and bodywork for therapeutic benefits.

Admission Information

Students applying to the Certificate(s) for Therapeutic Massage must meet all Gaston College admission requirements.  Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Therapeutic Massage program.

Additional Requirements to be eligible to submit an application to theTherapeutic Massage Program

  • Complete an online application to the Therapeutic Massage Program.
  • Must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better in required college courses.
  • Must have grades of "C" or better in all related courses.
  • All completed required Biology courses must be within five(5) years from the date of application to the program or required Biology courses can be taken in program.
  • Prior to entering the Therapeutic Massage program all development courses must be completed (DRE 098, DMA Courses 010-050).
  • Interview with Therapeutic Massage Program Coordinator.

Additional Program Requirements upon admission into the Therapeutic Massage Program

  • Proof of receiving a one hour full body Swedish professional massage.
  • A current Adult and Infant CPR certification.
  • Students must meet all compliance requirements such as Criminal Background and Drug Screen.
  • Students must complete an initial up-to-date 2-stepTB Skin Test and an annual TB Skin Test and drug screen for each additional year of program enrollment.
  • A completed Gaston College Health Division Student Medical Form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health is required.
  • Complete the immunization requirements required by the clinical agencies.

Step 1 Therapeutic Massage Practitioner I (C45750MA)


Graduates from the certificate series are eligible to earn a future diploma or associates degree in Therapeutic Massage. The additional course requirements will be completed after the certificates have earned.

Anatomy & Physiology: BIO 168/169 is not required for the certificate program. However, these courses are mandatory for students who wish to earn a diploma or associate degree from Gaston College's Therapeutic Massage program after completing the certificate series.

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