Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program
Starts Fall Semester
Northeast Alabama Community College President Dr. David Campbell
recently announced that the college will open a new Therapeutic
Massage program this fall. The program was recently approved by
the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.
More than just a relaxation massage, therapeutic massage
involves manipulation of the muscles and tissues to alleviate
pain, stress and discomfort. Students will gain an understanding
of the anatomy and physiology of the body, especially the
musculoskeletal system, and will receive a minimum of 650 hours
of theory and practice in pursuit of the short term certificate.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of massage
therapists is expected to grow by 13% in Alabama and 19%
nationally between 2008 and 2018. In Alabama’s Workforce Region
2, which includes Jackson and DeKalb Counties, employment of
massage therapists is expected to increase annually by 1.44%.
Massage therapy also presents an entrepreneurial opportunity as
many licensed therapists open their own businesses.
“Like cosmetology, therapeutic massage is an excellent
opportunity for graduates to open their own business,” stated
Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at
Northeast. “This is an example of a business that can be started
without a large capital expenditure,” Kennamer concluded.
Kennamer added that college’s next step is to seek approval from
the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy so that program graduates
may take the state licensure exam upon completion of the
program. College officials expect to receive that approval by
The program, which was developed in response to requests from
the community and from input from NACC cosmetology personnel,
will be housed in the college’s recently expanded Salon
Institute, located in Scottsboro. This state-of-the-art facility
currently houses the college’s successful cosmetology program,
which includes a full-service salon that is open to the public.
A recent expansion increased the size of the facility from 5,600
square feet to 9,800 square feet in order to provide space for
therapeutic massage and a comprehensive cosmetology curriculum
that includes nail technology, esthetics, and hair.
“We are pleased to be able to
provide this training program for people in our area,”
Dr. Campbell stated. “Mrs. Clement and our staff at the
Salon Institute do an outstanding job in providing a
first-class training facility and this program further
adds to the opportunities for students there. We think
that the Salon Institute is one of the best and most
modern facilities of its kind in North Alabama and we
encourage anyone to stop by for a visit or an
For more information this or other
programs, call Office of
Workforce Development at college extension 254. To
register for classes, call the College’s
at ext. 222 or 325.
To make an appointment for hair,
skin or nail services, call the Salon Institute at
256-259-1512. Massages will be offered starting this
instructor Juli Roden demonstrates massage techniques in one of
the massage therapy rooms located at the NACC Salon Institute in