How To Apply

Dear Prospective Student: 

We are pleased that you have shown an interest in the Massage Therapy Program at Pearl River Community College. Applications submitted after the June 14th deadline will be waitlisted and considered only if a spot becomes available. Please follow the steps below to ensure that your application is complete. 

The following items must be submitted on or before June 14, 2024:  

  • You must eScript, mail to the address below or attach to your application an Official High School/GED transcript and official transcripts from all previous colleges attended.
  • Applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 16 (an 18 or higher is preferred) and attach the ACT document to your application.

Pearl River Community College 
Office of Admissions 
101 Highway 11 North 
Poplarville, MS 39470 

You will find the PRCC Massage Therapy Program Application here. 


The Massage Therapy Program is a 12-month course of study beginning in the fall and ending in the summer. There are two-degree options: Technical Degree or with additional academic coursework, Associate Degree of Applied Science. The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, (MBLEx), will be taken after passing and completion of the program.  Upon passing the national examination, an application must be submitted to the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy. After all requirements are met, the MSBMT will review the application. More information can be found on

Admission Requirements* 

In addition to completing the steps above, applicants must also meet the following requirements:   

  • Be graduates of an accredited high school or the equivalent and be 18 years of age before the start of the program.  
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 16, preferred ACT score is 18 or higher 
  • Additionally, selection for admission into the Massage Therapy Program is based on the successful completion of a drug test, criminal background check, and slot availability. 

Applicants with the highest ACT and GPA will be invited for personal interviews. Applicants will be selected based on the following:  

  • Knowledge of the massage therapy field and duties of a massage therapist 
  • Interest in becoming a massage therapist 
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication skills


All statements related to admission criteria or announcements of present policies are subject to revisions. 

Any advice given by the Massage Therapy Program regarding coursework does not ensure acceptance into the program. 

Please note, if you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email concerning the dates and times of interviews.  

*Application submission and/or meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. 

Post Acceptance Requirements 

Upon acceptance into the Massage Therapy program, the applicant must: 

  • Complete CPR training for healthcare providers with an AED component 
  • Complete a felony background check 
  • Complete a drug screening 

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.