Dec 04, 2021  
2021-2022 NOVA Catalog 
    
2021-2022 NOVA Catalog

Massage Therapy, C.S.C. Discontinued Fall 2021


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Discontinued Fall 2021

The Massage Therapy C.S.C. program is discontinued starting Fall 2021. However, NOVA Workforce offers other non-credit program options, and we want to inform prospective students accordingly. Additional non-credit programs are available through NOVA Workforce. For more information, please visit FastForward Massage Therapy. 

CIP Code: 51.3501

NOVA Code: 221-179-01

Offered through MEC

Purpose: This program is designed to prepare students for certification and employment as massage therapists in a wide variety of environments, including hospitals and clinics, doctor and chiropractic offices, sports and fitness facilities, corporate offices, and beauty and skin care salons and spas. Graduates will be prepared to take the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork requires all applicants to have completed at least 500 in-class clock hours of formal training prior to taking the exam. Successful completion of the exam and certification is required to practice massage therapy in Virginia.

Accreditation: NOVA’s Massage Therapy Program has been approved by the AMTA, American Massage Therapy Association, and the NCBTMB, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The NCBTMB certifies students to take their national exam, which is used by all states as part of licensing individuals to practice massage. Individual states may have additional requirements for licensure.

Program Admission Requirements: Unless otherwise specified, applicants must meet all of the following requirements to be admitted to the program:

  • Be admitted to NOVA.
  • Be 18 years of age or older, or have program director approval.
  • Qualify for or have completed ENG 111 .
  • Complete HLT 170  with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Complete NAS 150  or NAS 161  or BIO 141  with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Provide evidence of good physical and mental health, as substantiated by a completed Pre- Admission Health History and Physical for Health Technology Form (125-007) signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. This must be submitted prior to entering program courses. Applicants must be free of any physical and/or mental conditions that might adversely affect their acceptance or performance in the program. Students with pre-existing physical and/or mental conditions that might adversely affect their acceptance or performance in the program who do not self-disclose this information will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Provide full disclosure of any criminal background. Students with criminal convictions who do not self-disclose this information are subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Complete a program information session and/or interview with the program director/designated instructor and signed program guidelines.

Responsibilities of Massage Therapy Program Students:

  • Students must demonstrate absolute academic integrity both in the classroom and in clinical practice to prepare them for the high ethical standards required of massage therapists. Therefore, cheating, attempting to cheat, plagiarizing, lying, stealing academic work which includes secured tests or related materials, submitting papers purchased or written by others, or failing to report an occurrence of academic dishonesty or any violation of this honor code may subject the student to the College’s disciplinary procedures as defined in the NOVA Student Handbook.
  • Students in the Massage Therapy Program incur a variety of additional expenses. These include, but are not limited to, the cost of accessories and travel to clinical assignments. Students are also responsible for state certification and national accreditation application and testing fees.
  • Students are required to complete learning experiences at local hospitals and clinics, doctor and chiropractic offices, sports and fitness facilities, corporation offices, and beauty and skin care salons, and spas and other community-based programs. Students may be required to attend both day and/or evening and weekend clinical assignments.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments. Strict attendance is required at clinical sites.

Continuation Requirements: Program faculty and clinical affiliates reserve the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, withdrawal of any student who exhibits unsafe performance or non-adherence to prescribed clinical affiliate policies and procedures.

Completion Requirements: All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence and to satisfy graduation requirements.

Total 5 credits


One Year


Total credits for the Health Information Technology Career Studies Certificate: 20 credits (25 including prerequisites)


All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA. First-time-to-college students ages 17-24 must complete an SDV course within their first year at NOVA.

1 May be waived with proof of CPR certification. Another 1-credit course must be substituted.

Other Courses


Other courses not required but highly recommended for Massage Therapy students are

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