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Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional massage therapists. The curriculum prepares students to develop knowledge and skills for practicing massage therapy. Core courses emphasize massage therapy principles, ethics, business application, pathology, anatomy and physiology, technique modalities, and kinesiology. 

Graduates of the program can earn a Technical Certificate upon completion of Massage Therapy technical courses. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy will be awarded upon successful completion of the entire curriculum including academic core classes.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) or the Mississippi Professional Examination 1 and 2 (MPE-1, MPE-2). MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards as the MPE-1 and MPE-2 are administered by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT).  Both are accepted by MSBMT for licensure in the state of Mississippi and at least one of the two accepted exams must be taken and passed to obtain licensure in MS as well as successful completion of the Mississippi State Law Exam (MSLE) also administered by the MSBMT.

The one year, 720 hour Massage Therapy Program at Holmes Community College is approved and licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT), P.O. Box 20, Morton, MS 39117, 601.732.6038, under Non-Conditional License #1912.

Massage group


Liz McLain
Ridgeland Campus
Ridgeland Hall
(601) 605-3324