Southern Union State Community College

Program Overview

The Therapeutic Massage Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to work as licensed massage therapists. LMT (licensed massage therapist) may be self-employed or employed at health clubs, medical clinics, chiropractor offices, athletic departments, spas, salons, and holistic health centers. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek licensure from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, along with individual state licensure. The field of Therapeutic Massage is vastly growing and constantly seeking outgoing, energetic individuals to fulfill the health care needs of client demands.

The Therapeutic Massage program is an evening program that lasts three semesters. New students may enter the program in the fall of each year and graduate in the summer of the following year. Classes meet four evenings (Monday-Thursday) a week at Southern Union’s downtown campus in Opelika, Al. This program includes a variety of teaching methods; classroom lecture, hands on lab, clinical sessions, and outreach opportunities to ensure student’s success upon graduation. A separate application for admission to the program is required.

Please contact Kayla Whaley, Academic Advisor, at for more information.