Massage Therapy Continuing Education

women performing a back massage on a relaxed client This course is designed to prepare students for both state and national massage therapy licensing exams through classwork and practical, hands-on training. Students will obtain a foundation for practice as an entry-level professional massage therapist. Topics will include education, anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, communication, client evaluation, technique, pain relief, stress management, professional standards and practice management. Textbooks and student kit (with personal massage table) included. 650 hours $1,501.50

The tuition is paid in two parts: $1127.25 is due at the beginning of the first semester; $374.25 is due at the beginning of second semester.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The grant deadline is August 22.

65577 M-Th 2/4–11/19 6–10 p.m. DSN, room 1-102 January 30 registration deadline


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Completion of a high school diploma or GED by the first day of class
  • Proof of a current negative TB test
  • Proof of Hepatitis B immunization

Attend an Information Session

Duke Street North Campus
3404 North Duke Street, Durham, NC 27704

Thursday, December 6, 11 – noon
Thursday, January 10, 6 – 7 p.m.

The information session will cover specifics about the program, enrollment dates, costs, financial assistance, health screenings, and more. Adults 18 or older are welcome to attend. Attendance does not require an appointment, but the information session will begin promptly at the posted time.

Program and Career Information

Career Path

Individuals who are licensed massage therapists may work in a variety of settings including their home, hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, sports facilities, spas, or home health agencies. Massage therapists work in the day and evening hours. They may also work weekends or weekdays.

Many massage therapists become dual licensed in esthetics and massage. Additionally, a background in massage therapy is helpful for entry into most health care occupations such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic.

Licensed massage therapists work with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, sports teams, veterinarians and wellness programs within corporate businesses. They may choose to have a private practice or be employed at hospitals, athletic clubs, family health centers, and/or on cruise ships, vacation resorts, spas, and salons.

The job outlook for a massage therapist is excellent with an expected job growth rate of 26 percent from 2016–2026. Learn more about what they do, the job outlook, and salaries on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


Textbooks are required and are covered in the cost of the tuition.

Uniform requirements

A black uniform is required and black non-skid, rubber sole shoes.


Upon successful completion of the course, Durham Tech students are eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam and apply for Licensure in North Carolina.

Examination Requirements
Candidates must pass both a content examination and a jurisprudence examination. Examination instructions state that in-state graduates must take the Massage Board Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). It is a multiple-choice examination, delivered via computer. Candidates can register online or submit their materials by mail. They should be prepared to remit a $195 fee. Approved candidates can schedule testing sessions through Pearson VUE; examinations are offered at testing sites around the nation.

Additional Information
North Carolina massage and bodywork licensure are governed by statutes, rules, and guidelines. View more information at the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy web site. Individuals can verify information by contacting the Board.

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association is the state’s professional organization.


The program is located at the North Duke Street campus 3404 North Duke Street.

Contact Jacequeline Mitchell if you have questions.

Massage Therapy Clinic

Current Durham Technical Community College employees and current students 18 and older can receive full body massages through the Durham Tech Massage Therapy Clinic. The Massage Therapy Clinic is staffed by Durham Tech Massage Therapy students, and students complete 100 percent of the work.

Regular clinic hours are Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. beginning February 7, 2019. The clinic is located at the Duke Street North Campus.

Appointments can be made by calling 919-536-7222, ext. 4420. If the call is after 2 p.m., a message may be left for the staff and it will be returned.


Full Body Massage – 60 minutes: $25 (Best Deal!)

  • 10-minute consultation
  • 50-minute massage

Durham Tech employees and current students (College ID required): $20

Full Body Massage – 30 minutes: $20

  • 10-minute consultation
  • 20-minute massage

Durham Tech employees and current students (College ID required): $15

Only credit and debit cards accepted. Evening clinic hours coming soon!