Massage Therapy


New Cohort begins August 23rd!!

Classes will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am – 4pm.

spa-like setup of candles, incenseAre you looking for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry with a rapidly expanding employment outlook?  Do you like working with, and helping, people?  Then Massage Therapy may be for you!  

Program Description

Essential Touch

Touch is as essential to a healthy and happy life as eating nutritious foods, getting proper sleep, and regular exercise. With the increase of technology used in our home and work environments, the need for healthy human contact becomes more vital. Massage Therapy offers an inviting, safe, healing refuge for people living in a fast-paced and overly stressed society.

The Alamance Community College Massage Therapy Program will give you the skills you need for success in this rapidly growing, dynamic profession. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to practice as a professional massage therapist in a variety of employment settings. After completing the program, you will possess a sound knowledge of and exhibit proficiency in the techniques and principles of Swedish massage and pain management techniques. You will also be introduced to a variety of advanced therapeutic modalities.

Mission and Philosophy

Our courses are designed to work consecutively and symbiotically. From the beginning, you will develop a solid foundation in Massage Therapy. As you progress, you will feel assured that you have acquired the essential skills and knowledge to effectively assist your clients with relaxation, stress, and chronic pain. The knowledge gained of western and eastern techniques will help address each client’s concerns and discomfort by using a multifaceted approach.

Upon completion of ACC’s Massage Therapy Program, students will be able to apply for the North Carolina Massage and Bodywork Therapy License required to practice in North Carolina. In addition, students will have training and practice in various pain management techniques such as , stretching, trigger point therapy, and neuromuscular therapy which will open doors in medical settings such as Orthopedic, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic care, and others.

Admission Requirements
  • Minimum age: 18 (before completion of the program)
  • High School Graduate or equivalent (must submit proof)
  • Students must provide a background check. 
  • Complete an entrance interview with the Massage Therapy coordinator.
  • Complete the Health History Form.
  • Once the above criteria have been met, you will be issued a pass to register for the program!
Completion Requirements
  • Students must comply with attendance requirements (see handbook).
  • Students will be required to wear grey scrubs and comfortable, close toed shoes to all classes.
  • All classes will require a minimum grade of 80% on all examinations, papers, quizzes, and practical (hands on) work.
  • All requirements for the individual classes and program must be met. All tuition must be paid in full prior to receipt of certification of successful completion of the program.
General Information
  • All graduates are required to pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBlex) as part of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy Licensing requirements in order to become licensed in North Carolina.
  • When applying for a license to practice massage and bodywork, a background check will be conducted by the NC licensing board.
  • For more information about the Professional Therapeutic Massage Program at ACC, please contact Nancy Triplett at 336-290-0543.

Please contact Nancy Triplett at 336-290-0543 for more information.



Module I  

Fall Cohort: 8/23/23 – 1/22/24

Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology I
Systems of the body are broken down into two classes, Anatomy and Physiology and Kinesiology. Anatomy and Physiology begins with the structure and function of a cell and advances to complete systems including nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic and more. Pathology of each system will also be included. There is no prerequisite. (45 hours)

Kinesiology  I
Kinesiology teaches the musculoskeletal system starting with names and types of bones, then advancing to the names and attachments of muscles. Students will learn the origin, insertion, action, and nerve innervation of the major muscles. Palpation is the hands-on learning of the location of bones and muscles. There is no prerequisite. (45 hours)

Massage Therapy I
Swedish, or relaxation, massage is the basis of Western Massage. From the initial strokes to a full body treatment, you will learn the essentials of Western Massage. Relaxation will be the focus as well as research on the advancement of massage. The class will also cover chair massage, self-care, and aromatherapy. There is no prerequisite. (153 hours)

North Carolina Law and Ethics
Ethics is the cornerstone of Massage Therapy. Students will explore ethics as they pertain to the practice of massage therapy and how they relate to the components included in the laws of North Carolina. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of behaviors and directives to practicing massage in NC. There is no prerequisite. (21 hours)

Student Clinic I
Students will be given the opportunity to practice newly learned relaxation techniques on real clients. Each clinic will last 4 hours and each student will service 3 clients during each clinic. Each student will be required to participate in 6 clinics. Prerequisite: Passing all Module I classes. (24 hours)

Module II

Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology II
This class is a continuation of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology I. More human body systems will be explored as well as their pathologies. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology I. (45 hours)

Kinesiology II
This class is a continuation of Kinesiology I. The muscles and their origins, insertions, actions, and nerve innervations that were not covered in Kinesiology I will be addressed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Kinesiology I. (45 hours)

Massage Therapy II
Students will move beyond the aspects of a relaxation massage and become familiar with various types of pain management. Students will also learn about massaging special populations such as pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with handicaps, infants, and children. Reflexology, hydrotherapy ,sports massage, and stretching will be included. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Massage Therapy I. (135 hours)

Student Clinic II
Students will be given the opportunity to practice newly learned relaxation techniques including hydrotherapy, joint mobilization, and other pain management on on real clients. Each clinic will last 4 hours and each student will service 3 clients during each clinic. Each student will be required to participate in 6 clinics. Prerequisite: Passing all Module II classes. (24 hours)

Module III 

Business Practices
Whether a student wants to go into business for themselves or join an existing practice, a viable business plan is a must. This class explores such subjects as taxes, insurance, marketing, and determining the right place of business for each student. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Module II. (30 hours).

Common Conditions
This class will address the most common complaints, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, that massage therapy clients  express. Students will gain confidence in treating various kinds of headaches, frozen shoulders, torticollis (stiff neck), low back pain, and hip/knee issues. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Module II. (30 hours).

Student Clinic III
Students will have real life experience with the public. Clients will present with various conditions, pains, and issues such as stress and students will massage them accordingly. After successful completion, students will be prepared to see clients in spas, clinics, doctors’ offices, or in their own practice.  Each student will be requires to participate in 8 clinics.  Prerequisite: Passing all of the previous classes and clinics.  (32 hours)


  Tuition/Insurance Estimated Cost Notes
Module I $204    
Module II $188    
Module III $204    
Books *   $450 May purchase from ACC’s bookstore or other source
Grey Scrubs (2 sets)   $100  
Total $596 $650  


  * Ethics of Touch, 3rd edition – by Cherie Sohnen-Moe and Ben E Benjamin PhD 
    Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition – by Andrew Biel
    Trail Guide to the Body Student Workbook, 6th edition –by Andrew Biel
    Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, 7th edition – by Susan G. Salvo EdD LMT BCTMB
    Business Mastery, 5th edition – by Cherie Sohnen-Moe

    Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 5th edition – by Susan Salvo


Register for the program here!