Massage Therapy Technology

Program Information

The Massage Therapy program is offered as a one-year certificate program or a two-year Associates of Applied Science program designed to prepare students for careers as professional massage therapists. The curriculum prepares students to develop knowledge and skills for practicing massage therapy. Core courses emphasize massage therapy principles, ethics, business application, pathology, anatomy and physiology, technique modalities, and kinesiology.

Location of Program:

Forrest County Campus

Program Instructor Contact Information:

Shannon H. Scharwath-Busby, LMT349
601.554.5556
sbusby@prcc.edu

Brief Description of Program:

The program will prepare students who wish to pass state and national licensure exams. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to pass the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT) approved exams and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The MSBMT is required for students to practice in Mississippi, MBLEx will allow students to work both in and out of Mississippi. In addition to preparing for the exam, students will also be expected to:

  • Attendance is crucial due to the nature of practical learning
  • Practice massage sessions are required outside of class
  • You will be expected to conduct these sessions professionally, using appropriate consent forms, intake forms, and feedback forms as required.
  • Students will need to understand that massage therapy requires standing next to a massage table during the majority of the session.
  • Students will need to understand that this job requires the lifting and moving of equipment, such as the massage table and massage chairs.
  • Students will be responsible for client intake forms, SOAP notes, and the organization of client files accordingly.
  • Students will be responsible for the setting up and breaking down of massage tables, massage chairs, and other equipment accordingly.

Possible careers in this program:

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

What a student can expect from a career in this field:

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

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Goals of Program:

This program is set up to prepare the student to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination in order to be a Licensed Massage Therapist within the state of Mississippi. Passing a Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT) approved exam is a requirement for a Massage Therapy license. This program will also prepare students who wish to practice outside of the state of Mississippi.

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