The Therapeutic Massage curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan. Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition and psychology. Employment opportunities in North Carolina may be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
For more information concerning the curriculum or the Therapeutic Massage academic department, please visit Therapeutic Massage web site.
All applicants must complete the following minimum requirements:
STEP 1: Complete a Wake Technical Community College Application by applying Online.
STEP 2: Provide official transcripts (transcripts in a sealed envelope) of ALL previous education, including high school and/or GED scores and all college transcripts (if college has already been attended). Applications will NOT be processed until ALL transcripts have been received by Wake Tech. Applicants can send a Request for High School or Prior College Transcript form to the schools they have attended to have their transcripts sent to Wake Tech. Unofficial transcripts (transcripts which have been opened or FAXed) will not be acceptable. High school transcripts must be complete, showing the date of graduation. You can call the Student Information Center at (919) 866-5500 to see if your transcripts have been received.
STEP 3: Meet appropriate requirements for Reading, English, and Math. These requirements can be met by any one of the following or combination of the following:
- Completion of a college-level composition course and a college-level math course with a "C" or better OR
- Minimum SAT score of 520 on Critical Reading (or verbal) and a minimum score of 600 on Math OR
- Minimum ACT score of 21 on the Reading, English, and Math sections.
NOTE: The college-level math class and math test scores must have been completed within the past 5 years from the date of your application.
STEP 4: If the Reading, English, and/or Math requirement can NOT be met by any of the options listed in Step 3, they can be met by completion of RED 090, ENG 090/A, and/or MAT 070 within the past 5 years. To enroll in these classes, a placement test must be completed first. Please visit the Testing Center website to schedule an appointment to take the placement test. If you do not have internet access you may call either 919-866-5461, 919-866-5462, or 919-866-5463 to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this test. Applicants must obtain a "Permit for Testing" card from a Health Sciences Counselor in the Student Services Building, Room 128. Applicants can only schedule a test time AFTER they have submitted an application. The results of the Placement Test will be given to you upon completion of testing, and you will be directed to the appropriate counselor for evaluation of scores and registration information.
STEP 5: Meet appropriate requirements for Chemistry. Chemistry proficiency may be satisfied by completion of one unit of a high school level chemistry course OR completion of a college-level chemistry course OR completion of CHM 090 or an equivalent class with a "C" or better OR completion of the chemistry tutorial unit in the Individualized Learning Center.
STEP 6: Submit a "Minimum Admissions Requirements" checklist with verification that you have received 2 (two) one-hour massages from a LBMT. You can receive a checklist from a Health Sciences admissions counselor or you can download a checklist here .
STEP 7: Acceptance into the clinical MTH classes is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Clinical classes begin in the Fall (August) semester.
Please note that Wake Technical Community College is constantly evaluating the admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as the need arises.