Massage Therapy Career Studies Certificate Program
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.
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.
The curriculum includes anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system as preparation for the extensive coursework in massage and bodywork theory and application. The program also includes related business courses. Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application to the program and/or to enroll in any of the courses.