ICC Graduates 3 Massage Therapists

Three new massage therapists graduated from Isothermal Community College with new certifications this week. Pictured are Collin Smith (left to right), Holly Hopkins, John Hood, and instructor Jane Cannon.

COLUMBUS  – Three new massage therapists hit the job market this week after they graduated from Isothermal Community College with new certifications.

The graduates are Collin Smith, Holly Hopkins, and John Hood.

Isothermal’s Massage Therapy program provides 660 hours of training combining lecture time with hands-on practice of massage techniques. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, business practices, ethics and specific massage modalities. Students gain hands-on experience by working with the public in a clinic setting through the program’s student massage clinic.

The Massage Therapy program graduates may sit for the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) and apply to NCBMBT (North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy) for their license to practice massage in the state of North Carolina.

Isothermal’s program prepares students for a career in massage therapy in hospitals, health & fitness centers, wellness centers, chiropractic offices, resorts, spas, nursing homes, cruise ships or provides the opportunity to start their own business.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information on the program or to register, please stop by or call the Polk Center at 828-894-3092.