Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is growing in demand and in therapists.  As people are seeking good health, alternative and complimentary ways to prevent diseases and disorders of the human body. Touch is very healing especially when practiced by a trained and caring therapist.  Touch is also healing to the provider as well as the patient/client who is receiving the massage.  A good massage therapist will apply skills using a variety of massage techniques and knowledge based on human anatomy, physiology, and the pathology of human disease.

Massage Therapists can provide relief from all types of pain, including headaches, muscular-skeletal pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and injuries from sports or car accidents.  They also can reduce a person’s stress level, which will help a person improve in many aspects of their life, from home to work. Stress contributes to a multitude of diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, higher blood sugar levels, and anxiety, just to name a few.  Massage compliments many other forms of health care, including chiropractic, physical therapy, and modern medicine in all settings from cancer centers, to outpatient surgeries.

The Massage Therapy program is offered as a 1-year full-time day, evening, and weekend program.  Graduates of the program receive a certificate of completion, and are eligible to sit for the Mblex National Test.  To become a Licensed Massage Therapist in North Carolina you must pass the test and apply to the state for licensure.

Career Skills

Massage Therapists manipulate soft tissues of the body, to treat disease and disorders of the human body. Massage also helps to decrease stress and promote relaxation, relieve pain, and increase overall wellness.  You may work on the very healthy, active and physically fit athletes to average people of all age ranges including newborns, children, working adults, pregnant women, geriatrics, the unhealthy, and the terminally ill.  You must be comfortable with touch. To provide touch you must also be comfortable with receiving touch.  Touch is very healing and is an art form of which no two-massage therapists are identical, no two patients will require the same form of massage treatment, nor will the same person require the same treatment from one treatment session to the next.  Therefore, as a massage therapist you must be flexible, knowledgeable, caring and have compassion for other human beings because you are working on them, at a somewhat intimate level, where they may feel vulnerable.  Therefore, you must treat them respectfully and provide privacy and confidentiality.

 Career Opportunities

  • Spas
  • Day Spas
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Centers
  • Doctors’/Chiropractors’ offices
  • Hospital/Hospice setting
  • Cruise ships/Vacation resorts
  • Massage Clinics
  • Private Practice
  • For more information on career opportunities check out the Bureau of Labor Statics for Massage Therapist.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the massage therapy program is limited and is made on a first-come, first serve basis.

 Program Goals

  • Provide safe, competent, intentional, and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body to treat disorders as deemed in the North Carolina Practice Act for Massage Therapy and to promote a more holistic, rounded approach to wellness.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication, which will reflect your sensitivity to your patient’s individual and cultural differences.
  • Perform data collection techniques including health history, observation, and palpation of soft tissues of the human body to provide a basis for soft tissue mobilization of the human body.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional development, reflecting competencies and conduct expectations as outlined by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and the North Carolina Medical Board’s Code of Ethics.

For more information about our program and the admission process, please call for one of our application packets:  910-755-7378.

By state law, Brunswick Community College Therapeutic Massage Program is exempt from the school approval process of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). Students graduating from BCC’s Therapeutic Massage Program are eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and may apply for licensure from NCBMBT.

The following statement may be found on the NCBMBT website attesting to that fact.

“Effective July 1, 2006, massage and bodywork therapy programs offered by community colleges in North Carolina that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or massage and bodywork therapy programs offered by a degree or diploma granting college or university accredited by any accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is licensed by the North Carolina Community College System or The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, are exempt from approval by the Board.” NCBMBT


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