CCTC’s Massage Therapy Program Showcased

Central Carolina Technical College’s Massage Therapy Program showcased by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Sumter, S.C. – Central Carolina Technical College’s hospital-based Massage Therapy program
is presently featured in the Spotlight on the website of the massage therapy industry’s highest
credentialing agency, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

CCTC’s massage therapy program is one of a handful of programs across the nation that
have embraced remodeling massage therapy education to meet healthcare-level standards and
expose students to a variety of advanced healthcare clinical experiences prior to graduation.
Brent Jackson, Program Manager for Massage Therapy and NCBTMB approved provider
said, “In accordance with Central Carolina Technical College’s mission to prepare students for
the workplace, our college’s leadership has instilled in us a responsibility to leave any industry
better than how we found it. For the department, the task is to transition massage therapy from an
educational platform to a healthcare setting. I also see this as an opportunity for massage
therapists to be recognized as collaborative members of the healthcare team in improving patient

CCTC is exposing massage therapy to members of the healthcare community who have
been reluctant to hire massage therapists. The program has contributed to economic growth as
more jobs and opportunities are opening for massage therapists in hospitals, long-term care
facilities, pain management centers and physical therapy offices in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and
Sumter counties. According to Miriam Laney, CCTC Dean of Health Sciences, “It is not a
question of whether the acute-care industry will accept entry-level massage therapy training, but
rather how we can best prepare students for a changing Massage Therapy profession.”
The NCBTMB is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. Their
mission is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork
profession. The NCBTMB serves the profession through board certification, approved providers
and assigned schools.

For more information about the Massage Therapy Certificate Program at Central Carolina
Technical College, contact Brent Jackson at 803-778-7857, or visit CCTC’s website at