Southern Union State Community College

Overview

The Therapeutic Massage Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to work as licensed massage therapists. LMT (licensed massage therapist) may be self-employed or employed at health clubs, medical clinics, chiropractor offices, athletic departments, spas, salons, and holistic health centers. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek licensure from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, along with individual state licensure. The field of Therapeutic Massage is vastly growing and constantly seeking outgoing, energetic individuals to fulfill the health care needs of client demands.

The Therapeutic Massage program is an evening program that admits new students one time each year and lasts three semesters.  Classes meet four evenings (Monday-Thursday) a week at Southern Union’s downtown campus in Opelika, Al. This program includes a variety of teaching methods; classroom lecture, hands on lab, clinical sessions, and outreach opportunities to ensure student’s success upon graduation. A separate application for admission to the program is required.

During clinical sessions on Thursday evenings, the general public may schedule massage sessions with students. These massage sessions are an important experience in the student’s learning process and are considered Live Work which is required in order to become licensed. It is important for clients to understand that students are in training and will be supervised by a Licensed Massage Therapist.

To schedule an appointment, call (334) 749-9100 Monday-Thursday after 4:30 pm ct.  Appointments are available for 5:00 and 7:00 pm sessions, as long as space will allow. These sessions take place on the second floor of the Southern Union State Community College Downtown Campus at 701 South Railroad Ave.

Program Information

Program Approval:  National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
                                Alabama Board of Massage Therapy
                                Georgia Board of Massage Therapy

Degree Earned: Certificate

Length of Program: 1 Year/3 semesters (29 Semester Credit Hours)
Note: Therapeutic Massage is an evening program. Students attend classes three to four nights a week for three semesters. Students must apply with the Health Sciences Divison to begin the program.

Program Application: The Therapeutic Massage program admits new students one time each year.  The next class will be admitted for spring (January) 2015.  To apply for admission to the program, applicant must be accepted for general admission to Southern Union State Community College, meet the admission criteria and apply to the Therapeutic Massage Program by the published deadline for the semester of admission.

Application Deadline: The priority deadline for spring 2015 will be December 1, 2014, however applications will be accepted until class is filled.

Special Note: During clinical sessions on Thursday evenings, the general public may schedule massage sessions with students. These massage sessions are an important experience in the student's learning process and are considered Live Work that is conducted when the training program requires such experiences for the acquisition of occupational skills leading to employment. The total charge for live work will be cost of supplies and materials plus 20 percent. It is important for clients to understand that students are in training and are not licensed therapists. To schedule an appointment, call (334 )749-9100 Monday-Thursday after 4:30 p.m. Appointments are available for 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. The massage session will take place on the second floor of Southern Union State Community College Downtown Campus at 710 South Railroad Avenue.

Program Location: Opelika Downtown Campus

Credentials Earned: Licensed Massage Therapist following successful completion of the NCBTMB examination and licensure through a State Board of Massage Therapy.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the College, admission to the Therapeutic massage program requires:

  • Health Sciences Information Session Attendance Verification (must attach ORIGINAL document of verification to massage program application).
  • Unconditional admission to the College on clear academic status.
  • Current or previous Southern Union students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Southern Union.
  • Transfer students must enter the College on clear academic status (minimum 2.0 cumulative gpa).
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
  • Official high school or GED transcripts.
  • Application for the Therapeutic Massage Program by published deadline.
  • Satisfaction of the College reading require­ment.
  • Ability to meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College Catalog and Student Handbook.
  • Ability to meet all health/ lab requirements as stated in current Therapeutic Massage Student Handbook.

Additional Information

Therapeutic Massage Program Brochure
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of Program
Essential Functions for Therapeutic Massage
Criminal Background Check
Therapeutic Massage Student Handbook
Health Requirements
Pregnancy Policy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Gainful Employment Information

Curriculum

Term 1 Fall Theory Clinical/Lab Credit Hours
ORI 101 Orientation to College or      
ORI 107 Student Success Skills 1 0 1
MSG 101 Introduction to Therapeutic Message 2 0 2
MSG 102 Therapeutic Message Lab 1 0 3 3
MSG 103 Anatomy and Physiology 2 1 3
MSG 104 Musculo-Skeletal and Kinesiology 2 1 3
  Semester Total 7 5 12
Term 2 Spring Theory Clinical Credit Hours
MSG 202 Therapeutic Massage Lab II 0 3 3
MSG 204 Musculoskeletal & Kinesiology II 2 1 3
MSG 105 Therapeutic Massage Supervised Clinical I 0 2 2
  Semester Total 2 6 8
Term 3 Summer Theory Clincial Credit Hours
MSG 200 Business and Marketing Plans 1 0 1
MSG 201 Therapeutic Massage for Special Populations 1 0 2
MSG 203 Pathology 3 0 3
MSG 205 Therapeutic Massage Supervised Clinical II 0 2 2
MSG 206 National Certification Exam Review 1 0 1
  Semester Total 6 3 9
Program Total     29