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Therapeutic Massage - Admission Criteria


The Therapeutic Massage program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be complete and submitted by April 25 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by April 25 each year (deadline currently extended through Summer of 2021)

The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Therapeutic Massage (D45750) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to this program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school/GED and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College’s Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from the most recent transcript.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College's Placement Test requirement. This requirement may be met by one of the following:
    1. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
    2. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and the corresponding corequisite. This is a required corequisite for the program.
    3. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
    4. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
  6. Students must meet with Jennifer Burgess, Massage Education Coordinator for interview. To schedule interview, contact Jennifer Burgess at This must be completed before acceptance in to the program. The deadline for the interview is June 15th (this may be extended).
  7. All students admitted into a health science program may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student's ability to progress in the program.


Applicants who have successfully completed Phase I by the appropriate deadlines will be notified by email to attend a mandatory information session. Please ensure that the college has your current email and mailing address on file. Failure to attend an informational meeting will prevent students from being fully accepted in to the Therapeutic Massage Program.


  1. Students must be able to perform all required functions of the profession.
  2. Students must be able to uphold all professional standards.
  3. Applicants may take MTH 125 – Ethics of Massage and other general education classes prior to acceptance in to the program.
  4. All students who apply for a Massage Therapy license through the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy will be required to submit to a criminal background check prior to licensure. This is not conducted by Southwestern Community College and the results of such are only the responsibility of the applicant.
  5. Students will be required to pass a National Licensing Exam (MBLEX) as well as apply and receive licensure with the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy prior to being able to work as a Massage Therapist in the state of North Carolina.


This program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and
clinical performance in accordance with program policies. Failure to meet these standards will prevent
normal progression through the program. Upon completion of the program graduates will be eligible to
take the national exam and may apply for a state license to practice.

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