June 16, 2011


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 fall.

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 appointment.”

For more information this or other programs, call Office of Workforce Development at college extension 254. To register for classes, call the College’s Admissions Office 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 fall.

Therapeutic Massage instructor Juli Roden demonstrates massage techniques in one of the massage therapy rooms located at the NACC Salon Institute in Scottsboro.