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Therapeutic Massage


According to the American Massage Therapy Association, one of the most frequent comments massage therapists make about their occupation is, “I feel fortunate to have found work I love.” Maybe massage therapists love their work because they get to help their clients in ways that other practitioners can’t: by relieving their pain and stress through a caring and expert practice of massage therapy.

Discover Work You’ll Love

Massage therapists work in settings like private offices, studios, hospitals, resorts, nursing homes, fitness centers, spas and sports medicine facilities. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide a massage. Massage therapy is used in treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries and promoting general health.

How long does it take to become a massage therapist?

The Therapeutic Massage diploma/certificate program at Virginia College takes about nine months to complete and is designed as a foundation for your massage therapy career.

Hands-on Learning for Career Success

You’ll only take courses that pertain to your success in the field of massage therapy, such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Review for the certification examination
  • Various massage techniques
  • Nutrition and health science
  • Medical law and ethics

All clinical massage technique courses include in-class bodywork. Students also practice techniques on real clients, under instructor supervision, in the on-campus therapeutic massage clinic to hone their developing skills. This practice is designed to improve and enhance the quality of bodywork.

What You Will Learn in this Massage Therapist Program

This program is designed to prepare graduates to be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in delivering classical and contemporary massage techniques
  • Identify the supporting role massage can play in many aspects of the medical field
  • Discuss the medical and therapeutic value of clinical massage with a client
  • Explain the connection of muscle movement and body mechanics as they relate to total wellness
  • Integrate the usage of complimentary therapies like aromatherapy and other spa services
  • Coordinate a job search

Growth of Massage Therapist Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, employment growth for massage therapists is expected to be about 23% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 This creates opportunities for those who are willing to get the right training.

Massage Therapist Licensure and Certification

Graduates must successfully pass a state board-approved examination to apply to become licensed to practice massage therapy in their state. The Virginia College Therapeutic Massage curriculum is designed to prepare students for this exam.2

Virginia College Prepares You to Find the Job.

Not only do we help you learn to do the job, we help you find the job. The Virginia College Career Development team can help you hone your job search skills like resume building, interview techniques, job market research and job-lead follow up. This team can also assist your job search through its relationships with local employers.

Get Started Now.

If you are looking for a hands-on career helping others, a career as a massage therapist may be for you. Complete the Request More Information form and take the first step toward your successful new career.

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014 Edition

2 The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of these certification examination, or any other examination, or acceptance by any state licensing board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy Establishment License E2883.

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