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  Jan 23, 2018
2017-2018 College Catalog

Massage Therapy

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(West Harrison County Center)

Fall Entry

The Massage Therapy program is a one-year certificate 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.

The new Massage Therapy program at MGCCC is approved and licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT), P.O. Box 20, Morton, MS  39117, 601-732-6038, under Temporary License #1711.  MSBMT issues a temporary license for one (1) year to new schools with less than two (2) graduating classes.  Industry standards referenced are from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Content Outline.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards national certification examination, given by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT).   Students must pass the MBLEx 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.

Program Goals

The goals of the Massage Therapy program include:

  • Offer a curriculum consistent with the recommendations of the Mississippi Board of Massage Therapy, the advisory council and business/industry.
  • Prepare a program graduate to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam and other appropriate industry certification exams.
  • Assist program graduates to enter a career field that pays an average wage of $24,610 per year.

Admission Procedure

  1. Make application and be accepted to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Application can be completed online.
  2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all schools attended to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be reviewed by the Office of Admission for determination of course credits.
  3. Meet all Academic Requirements (listed below) and complete any program pre-requisites or Entry Requirements.
  4. After successful completion and submission of ALL academic and entry requirements (See section below), the student is eligible to complete the Massage Therapy Supplemental Application for Program Admission.

    To complete and submit the online Supplemental Application: 
    1.  Access the college's web page
    2.  Click on Web Services (top tab)
    3.  Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
    4.  Select Student
    5.  Select Health Sciences Division Supplemental Application

Thereafter, the applicant MUST read the guidelines carefully.  In order to complete and submit the application, college admission and ALL pre-requisite requirements are required.

Following successful completion of all academic and entry requirements,the student may submit an Allied Health Application for program Admission. You may schedule an appointment with the  Massage Therapy Program Director at the West Harrison County Center regrading completion of the  Massage Therapy program application


Supplemental Application Deadline Dates:                       

Fall semester – Extended to August 15th (If deadline falls on a weekend, holiday, or closing, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the next college business day).

(If deadline falls on a weekend, holiday, or closing, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the next college business day). ALL required test scores, transcripts, and entry items (CBC, pre-orientation, etc.) must be completed with results placed in Banner (MGCCC's computer information system) by the appropriate college employee prior to the deadline. In addition, any outstanding college holds must be clear in order for the applicant to complete and submit the supplemental program application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  (MGCCC reserves the right to review additional supplemental applications following the posted deadline).Too much space above previous information

Academic and Entry Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Achieve a minimum Accuplacer English Placement score of 175
  • Achieve a minimum Accuplacer Math Placement score of 53
  • Review the online mandatory Pre-Health Sciences Orientation Session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking.  The session can be viewed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet.  The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all health science programs at MGCCC.   Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a health sciences advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion.  In order to receive credit for viewing the session, follow the steps below.  The information is approximately one (1) hour in length.                                                              

    To complete this requirement do the following:
    1.   Access the college's web page
    2.   Click on Web Services (top tab)
    3.   Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
    4.   Select Student
    5.   Select Health Sciences Division Supplemental Application Orientation Session.                                                                                      
    6.   In order to receive credit, you must review the entire session.
    7.   Click survey complete so that your log-in information will be recorded in the college's BANNER system.    

  • Complete the Gulf Coast Work Ready Training class.  For additional information regarding this class, please call 228-563-2250.

Selection Process

Program openings are filled based on Selective Admission; applicants are ranked based on their individual achievement test scores and prior college course work. Student ranking for entry into the Massage Therapy program is based on a point system. Students are awarded points for the required ACCUPLACER and given extra points based on the grade earned for successful completion of any other college credit courses which could be used to complete degree requirements. Bonus points are also awarded to those individuals who currently a bachelors or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Program enrollment is a floating number which can fluctuate each year based on availability of clinical rotation slots.

Massage Therapy Program PoliciesOnce accepted into the Massage therapy Program, the following requirements must be completed.  Additional information will be provided by the Instructor.

  • Once a program opening has been awarded, the student will be required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police at JD, JC, Perkinston or the George County Campus/Center.  MGCCC's Criminal Background Check Policy can be viewed on-line at   Health Sciences Division Criminal Background Check Policy 17/18  
  • All Health Science students are required to submit to substance testing in accordance with the substance testing policy and procedures for the Health Sciences Division.  The testing policy can be viewed by clicking here: Health Sciences Division Substance Testing Policy 17/18  
  • A physical examination, immunization records, CPR Certification and completed health form, signed by a Medical Physician, are required prior to the first meeting of the program. The physical form can be viewed on-line at MGCCC Health Sciences Division Pre_Entrance_Health_Form  
  • Upon admission to the Massage Therapy program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on the required courses and complete each course with a C or better.
  • Adherence to additional clinical affiliation requirements may be necessary depending on clinical rotation placement. (i.e. hospital orientation, HIPPA training, CPR certification)

Massage Therapy Program Expenses – Non Refundable (Cost may be subject to change)

Prior to Entering Program

  • Initial Criminal Background Check $50 - $80 (MGCCC Campus Police)

Once Admitted into Program

  • Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $10 - $300
  • Substance Testing $29 - $35 per semester                           
  • Additional purchase items, supplies $50 - $150                    
  • Uniform, Accessories $150 - $200
  • Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy Exams and Initial Licensure Costs $581

Massage Therapy - Cost List (Estimate only)


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