Clinical Massage Therapy


Offered day and night, this 10-month classroom and clinical program will prepare you to become a licensed massage therapist in South Carolina.

What is it like to be a massage therapist?

As a clinical massage therapist, you'll learn how to apply massage techniques to treat soft tissue injuries, chronic pain and myofascial injury, and structural and postural distortions. This is a very rewarding career as you're often helping people relieve pain through therapeutic touch.

Massage therapists can work in a variety of settings, including spas, gyms, and healthcare settings. Some massage therapists may prefer to operate their own independent practice. 

Demand is growing for medical massage therapists in healthcare. As this profession advances to include assessment and treatment of most soft tissue injuries, clinical massage therapists are becoming more crucial to physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. A skilled massage therapist incorporating massage techniques for specific anatomical and physiological considerations can create better health outcomes and improve the patient experience.

About the Program

What will my courses be like?

We are committed to a holistic, integrated approach to massage therapy. You'll learn a range of massage techniques including basic Swedish massage and clinical neuromuscular therapy, a form of deep tissue massage.

In your coursework, you'll cover: 

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical massage theory and practice
  • Allied modalities
  • Statutes and history of massage
  • Business practices
  • Ethics
  • Pathology
  • CPR

What happens after I complete the program?

After you complete this program, you will take the national MBLEx exam that is required for state licensure. 

After you pass the exam, you may submit your application to the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) to be a Licensed Massage Therapist in South Carolina. You will need to renew your license every two years by taking 12 hours of continuing education courses.

Please note that a criminal record may prevent you from finding employment in this field.

Why choose MTC?

MTC simply offers the best massage therapy program in Columbia at an affordable price.  Classes are offered at our Harbison Campus. Our courses are taught by licensed massage therapists with years of field experience. And our massage therapy students appreciate that our courses are hands-on, offering lots of opportunities for practicing skills.

How to Enroll

To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
65.00 650

Clinical Massage Therapy

Clinical Massage Therapy can take you into the world of healthcare and beyond. Sports medicine, chiropractic, neonatal, geriatrics and health spas have demand for these skills. Offered day and night, this 10-month classroom and clinical program prepares you to sit for the national certification exam and licensure in South Carolina. Major curriculum: anatomy and physiology; clinical massage theory and practice; allied modalities; statutes and history of massage; business practice, ethics, pathology, and CPR. Admission requirements: a high school diploma/GED, or a college degree; complete student health form and current SLED background check required. You must be able to perform physical tasks. Program qualifies for veteran benefits. Acceptance into this program is contingent on an interview with the Program Coordinator, Jamel Morant. Call 803.732.5218 to set up an appointment


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Massage Therapist

Massage therapy jobs are usually divided into two categories: location/setting and type of massage administered. Spa-type jobs are typically found in resorts, salons, vacation destinations, day spas, and hotels. Therapeutic massage jobs are usually found in hospitals, private homes, corporate settings, rehabilitation centers, and elder-care facilities.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Spas
  • Fitness Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Private Practices

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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