Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy Program, located in Prater Hall at the Valley Street Campus, offers courses that are learner-centered with a combination of theory and skills to prepare students for the practice of therapeutic massage. Incorporating a program of learning, a variety of instructional methodologies and available resources, therapeutic massage education fosters competency, accountability and continued professional development.

Students who complete the Massage Therapy program will receive a short-term certificate, which requires 29 credit hours and 720 contact hours. The program prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them broad knowledge of western theories and techniques. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.

The Massage Therapy Program is approved by the State of Alabama Board of Massage Therapy and is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

Background checks will be required upon admission into the program.


Massage Clinic Appointments

If you would like to book an appointment to receive a massage as a part of student clinics, please call 256-549-8326. A current student will assist you.

Massage Therapy



A new class will be admitted to the Massage Therapy program every August, January and May. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements:

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply here
  2. Submit online program application prior to July 31.
  3. Submit supporting documents that are due in the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Passing TABE reading test score or successful completion of ENG 101. 
      1. Contact 256-439-6957 to schedule your TABE test.
  4. Must be at least 17 years old
  5. Must be in good standing with the College
  6. Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for Massage Therapy students. 
  7. Pass a criminal background check and drug screen upon admission to the program.
  8. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunizations records upon request by the program.
  9. Demonstrate proof of insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.
All fees are approximations and subject to change.
Item Cost
Background Check $35.00
Tuition (29 credit hours @ $134/credit hour) $4,698.00
Textbooks (entire program) $500.00
Liability Insurance $15.00
Accident Insurance $20.00
Uniforms $150.00
Application for MBLEX examination $265.00
Application fee for graduation $10.00
Total $5,693.00

 In addition, you will be responsible for getting a physical, immunizations/titers, & clinic supplies. Expenses for these items vary greatly depending on individual situations.




The Therapeutic Massage program is currently approved by:
State of Alabama
Board of Massage Therapy
2777 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-420-7233 or 866-873-4664
334/263-6115 (fax)

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440
Washington, D.C. 20015
Phone: 202-895-1518
Fax: 202-895-1519



Lacne Gilliland

Dr. Lance Gilliland, program director and instructor


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