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    Feb 15, 2019  
2014-2015 Gaston College Catalog 

Therapeutic Massage Video 2

Therapeutic Massage Diploma (D45750)

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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.

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. 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 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize and deliver an effective massage session.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform within the ethical, legal and professional parameters set forth by the NC Board of Massage & Bodywork.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to professionally perform massage therapy and bodywork for therapeutic benefits.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Therapeutic Massage Program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Therapeutic Massage program.

Additional Requirements to be eligible to submit an application to the Therapeutic Massage Program:

Complete an online application to the Therapeutic Massage Program.

  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 five (5) years from the date of application to the program.
  4. Prior to entering the Therapeutic Massage program all development courses must be completed (ENG 090, RED 090, DMA Courses 010-050).
  5. Interview with Therapeutic Massage Program Coordinator.
  6. Proof of receiving a one hour full body Swedish professional massage.
  7. A completed dental form documenting satisfactory dental health.
  8. A current Adult and Infant CPR certification.
  9. Students must meet all compliance requirements such as Criminal Background, Fingerprint, and Drug Screen.
  10. Students must complete a 2-step PPD test. In addition, students must have an up-to-date TB Skin Test and an annual drug screen for each additional year of program enrollment.
  11. A completed North Carolina Community College Student Medical Form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health is required prior to beginning the program.
  12. Students must meet the immunization requirements according to North Carolina law.

Therapeutic Massage Day Diploma

Total Program Hours: 39

Therapeutic Massage Evening Diploma

Total Program Hours: 39


The courses taken in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Therapeutic Massage.

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