Massage Therapy

Career Studies Certificates

Code: 221-179-01

General Information

The Career Studies Certificate Program prepares students for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In Virginia, licensure is required for massage therapy certification and is regulated though the Virginia Board of Nursing. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork requires applicants have at least 750 in-class clock hours of formal training prior to taking the examination.

The Career Studies Certificate Program option enables students to qualify for the national certification. Classes are held at the DSLCC Rockbridge Center in Buena Vista.

Occupational Objectives

Massage therapists with national certification can work in a variety of health care, business, and recreational settings such as spas, hospitals, corporations, doctors’ offices and chiropractic clinics, sports and fitness facilities, beauty and skin care salons and personal wellness agencies.

Program Requirements

Program Information sheet


Classes are held at the DSLCC Rockbridge Center in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information


Careers in Massage Therapy

Massage Therapists

American Massage Therapy Association


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