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Massage therapy is a nine-month certificate program to prepare students for entry level careers in the growing field of massage, bodywork and somatic therapies. Graduates will be eligible for a Tennessee Massage Therapy License and eligible to sit for the National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Examination.

The focus of this program will be Swedish Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy with an overview of the many other modalities practiced by Licensed Massage Therapists. More than 100 different approaches to therapeutic manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and circulatory structures are available in the market. Most require advanced training beyond the scope of this certificate program.

Massage therapists practice in a wide variety of settings: health clubs and wellness centers; chiropractic and physical therapy offices; hotels, resorts and cruise lines; health food stores and sports outfitters; pain management and sports injury clinics; psychological and psychiatric clinics; and private homes and offices. Some work under the supervision of other licensed health care providers. Some are in business for themselves as private contractors. Many work part-time. Many work exclusively from their home offices.

All Massage Therapy courses are taught at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus. Enrollment is limited.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the Roane State Community College (RSCC) admissions process to become an admitted student.
  2. Complete the electronic Allied Health Science (AHS) application on RaiderNet and submit by the published application deadline.
    Note: When choosing the Planned Course of Study, select ‘Massage Therapy’. If ‘Massage Therapy’ is not selected as a Planned Course of Study you will not be considered for the Massage Therapy Program. 
  3. Complete the required program admission examination. See the TEAS V for AH webpage for registration directions, exemptions, and more.
  4. Complete all other entrance requirements detailed on the Massage Therapy webpage.
  5. Qualified applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance.

Note: Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents. 

Program Application Deadline

June 15.  Late applicants may be considered on a space-available basis.

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Massage Therapy Program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Massage Therapy Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.

Health Guidelines

Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.

Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Massage Therapy Program.


Students’ grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the Program Director. A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from the program:

  1. A grade of “C” or better in each specialty course.
  2. Completion of specialty courses as specified by the certificate checklist. A student must be able to complete courses with the class in which he/she was admitted. A student who cannot graduate with the class in which he/she was admitted will be dropped from that class and must re-apply to a subsequent class.
  3. Evidence of malpractice insurance and physical examination must be provided prior to clinical training.

The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.

Readmission Procedures 

A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at any time during the semester.

A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Students applying for readmission must meet all admissions criteria listed above.
    The applicant must submit a readmission request in writing to the Program Director at least thirty (30) days prior to enrollment. The request must be a detailed personal reflection of the reason(s) for the unsuccessful performance and a plan of correction.
  2. One (1) readmission to the program will be permitted.
  3. The applicant applying for readmission will be required to interview with the Program Director for consideration of readmission before the review date by the AHS Admissions Committee.
  4. An acceptable level of discipline-specific competency may need to be demonstrated prior to readmission.
  5. A student with previous unsatisfactory clinical performance must be recommended for readmission by consensus of the program faculty.
    Note: The AHS Program Director will verify that all readmission documents and criteria including licensure/credentials are current and valid.
  6. Readmission to an Allied Health Sciences program is contingent upon the availability of space.
  7. Students who are dismissed for reasons associated with academic misconduct or violations of a code of ethics will not be considered for re-admission.
  8. A student must repeat the specialty course or courses for which he/she was dismissed and attain a “C” or better in the course.
  9. A student may be readmitted to the program within two years from the semester they failed. Before being considered for readmission they will be required to take a competency exam for those course(s) which they previously successfully completed. Upon successful completion of those exams they will be considered for readmission to the program and be required to take only the course(s) they failed. If they do not successfully complete the competency exam(s), they can reapply for admission but will have to repeat all courses. Successful completion of a competency exam(s) would mean a grade of 70 or greater.


1st Fall   Hours
MAS 121 The Muscular System I 2
MAS 117 TN Massage Law & Practice Ethics 3
MAS 120 Swedish Massage 3
MAS 122 The Muscular System II 2
MAS 135 Massage for Special Populations 2
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor and complete Intent to Graduate  
  Nov Register for next term  
1st Spring   Hours
MAS 113 Massage Physiology, Pathology & Pharmacology I 3
MAS 118 Massage Business, Professional and Communication 2
MAS 114 Massage Physiology, Pathology & Pharmacology II 3
MAS 124 Student Massage Clinic 1
MAS 130 Medical Massage Therapies 4
Action Items    
  Mar Complete Ceremony Participation Form  
1st Summer   Hours
MAS 152 Clinical Massage Practice 2
MAS 123 Overview of Somatic Therapies 2
Action Items    
  June Begin job search using RaiderRecruit  

Students pursuing this certificate will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division. Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Massage Therapy should contact their advisor.

A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement.  contact your advisor for the requirement of your program.


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