Crosby Hall

Massage Therapy

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Campus

Brief Description of Program: 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. Students completing this program should be able to find jobs in employment settings such as spas, clinics, fitness centers, wellness centers, corporations, sports organizations, doctors’ offices, and private practices.

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. 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 release forms, health history 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.
  • Students will be responsible for looking for client files and re-filing them accordingly.
  • Students will be responsible for setting up and breaking down tables.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Applicants must meet all PRCC Application requirements plus:

  • Be graduates of accredited high school or the equivalent and be 18 years of age before the start of the program.
  • Additionally, selection for admission into the Massage Therapy Program is based on the successfully completion of a drug test, criminal background check, TABE or ACT score and slot availability.
  • Mississippi requires all Massage Therapists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved massage therapy program and then pass a state exam for licensure.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Shannon H. Scharwath-Busby, LMT349

Possible Careers in this Program: Licensed massage therapists can find jobs in a number of workplaces such as spas, massage studios, rehab clinics, cruise ships, hotels and resorts, health clubs, sports medicine facilities, private practices, and the offices of physical therapist and chiropractors.

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.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: There is a 31.91% increase in occupational demand for massage therapist at the regional level and a 45.59% increase at the state level. Median annual income for full-time massage therapists is $45,000 at the state level.