Massage Therapy FAQs

When are classes offered at Coastal?
Classes are offered during the day or in the evening for *9 months. Daytime classes meet Monday through Thursday, 8:00am – 12:00pm and evening classes meet Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm.
What do I need to do to enroll in the program?
First, you will need to take a 25-minute TABE test through the college to determine your reading level. All students who score a 10.0 or higher on the test are eligible to enroll. You will then need to fill out a registration form and pay the course fee at the time of registration. Students must complete Massage Therapy I before they enroll in Massage Therapy II.
What are the total costs for the program?
For Tuition and required insurance fees, please see the current Continuing Education OnCourse Schedule (there are 2 sessions). Additional costs would include uniforms, textbooks, and tools such as a massage linens, lotions, etc.
Are Coastal’s classes accredited?
Coastal’s classes meet or exceed both state and national requirements. As a community college, Coastal is in compliance with all state requirements set forth by the NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy. Additionally, Coastal has been identified as an Assigned School by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Can I receive financial aid for the program?
Some financial aid is available through the college however it is always wise to search for independent scholarships or programs that will pay for textbooks and supplies as well as tuition.
Can I transfer credit from another institution?
No. Since our program is operated through the Division of Continuing Education, coursework is nontransferable.
What happens after I graduate from the program?
Students who graduate from the Massage Therapy program at Coastal will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX). Once you have taken and passed the appropriate test, you would then apply to the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). Once you are licensed, you are eligible to work as a Massage Therapist in the State of North Carolina.
Where can I work as a licensed Massage Therapist?
Upon completion of the program and having acquired the necessary state licensure, students will be able to work in hospitals, clinics, chiropractor and doctor offices, wellness centers, fitness centers, salons, athletic programs, corporate wellness programs, as well as establish their own private practices.
What is the job outlook for licensed Massage Therapists?
All wage and employment outlooks are for a 100 mile radius of Coastal Carolina Community College.
Massage Therapy opportunities have grown by 7 percent over the last 2 years and are expected to grow by 16 percent over the next 10 years.
How much can licensed Massage Therapists make?
Entry Level – $22,272 / $10.71
Average – $34,885 / $16.77
Experienced – $56,175 / $27.01
Average North Carolina – $37,810 / $18.17