Employment opportunities for entry-level licensed massage therapists exist in a broad range of settings such as: resort hotels, health spas, fitness centers, massage therapy clinics, chiropractic offices, plastic surgeon offices, physical therapy clinics, hospitals and wellness centers, cruise lines and sports settings. Additionally, many therapists develop their own private massage practices, and/or diversify their employment by working in a combination of these settings.
Through the massage therapy program, students develop the art of marrying science, assessment and massage techniques in a style that prepares them to practice in a variety of settings. The in-depth study of Western modalities, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue and Medical Massage, integrated with a strong core of anatomy, physiology and pathology provides the students with a multi-faceted foundation.
Courses in this program also include training in Hydrotherapy, Special Populations, Business and Professional Ethics, as well as Allied Modalities, an introduction to Eastern Modalities, including Thai Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. This curriculum contains a strong core of theory with an emphasis on practical hands on skills practiced in the classroom as well as in a supervised clinical setting.
Tennessee Career Institute prepares students to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Exam (MBLEx) or National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Exam (NCBTMB). Upon passing either examination the graduate may apply for a state license.
Please note: A high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma is required prior to taking the state board licensing examination. Tennessee Career Institute is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Tennessee Career Institute, please visit the THEC website and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.