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Massage Therapy

Course number : 3020016   ID : 17854    Section Number : 31N
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This is a FastForward Program: FastForward programs are short-term training courses for industry credentials in high-demand jobs. FastForward pays $3,000 of the total tuition for Massage Therapy. Additional funding sources may be available to cover the student's portions of the tuition. To qualify, you must meet the Virginia domicile requirements. Virginia "domicile" means you have lived in Virginia and intended to stay here indefinitely for at least one year before the date of application. A domicile determination form will be part of your registration process. Complete this short survey to see if you qualify for financial assistance. Learn more about FastForward

G3 Initiative: The G3 program makes it possible for Virginians with low or modest income to pursue jobs in high-demand fields. Learn more about G3 to see if you qualify for additional funding to offset the tuition cost.

Instructional Mode: Learn@Home and On Campus (Hybrid – Instructor-led)
Admission Requirements:
  • Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or college degree.  Foreign diplomas need to have an official translation.
  • Students must complete the Healthcare Orientation before registering for this class.
Program Description:
  • Therapeutic Massage is a 500-hour course that will instruct students in the field of massage therapy. Topics include but are not limited to the history of massage, client-therapist relationship, draping techniques and procedures, business development, ethics, Western massage modalities, aromatherapy,  the indications, and contra-indications for massage. Students will also have on-the-job experiential learning in our newly built state-of-the-art Spa Skills Lab, where you will learn how to work in a fast-paced environment and provide effective treatment for each individual client. Massage Lab clients will consist of NOVA faculty, staff, and students as well as members of local communities.
    Through a combination of lectures, online coursework, laboratory, and practical clinic work, this course will provide the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience necessary to embark upon a career in massage therapy. Instruction will prepare students to sit for the national exam (MBLEx) and certify them to apply for a massage license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

     National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & BodyWork - Assigned School
Program Breakdown:
  • Students are expected to come to the campus lab 1 to 2 times a week. Lectures will be delivered via Zoom and in person.
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology: 125 hours
  • Pathology: 40 hours
  • Benefits of Touch: 60 hours
  • Client Assessment: 65 Hours
  • Ethics: 6 hours
  • Professional Practice: 4 hours
  • Hands-on practice: 200 hours
Technology Requirement:
  • All students need access to the internet and a computer with a webcam and microphone.
    Chromebooks, iPads, or mobile phones are not supported.
Included with tuition:
  • Bundled price includes the course, digital books, and industry certification exam (MBLEx). No other certification exam can be substituted in this program. Note: The digital learning materials are assigned to students on or by the first day of class and are non-refundable once assigned.
Registration Information:

For more information and to register for this program, please complete the Interest Form and a staff member will assist you with the registration process and available financial assistance.

This program cannot be combined with any other discounts/promotions.

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Class Details

84 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Wed, Fri.  
  Weekly - Thu, Tue.  

Location : Multiple Location : 
  NOVA Annandale (CFH)
  NOVA Workforce Online Class.

Instructor : Lori Vintilescu 

CEUs : 50



Please read:  Learn@Home & On Campus (Hybrid - Instructor-led): This class has multiple schedules and locations. Class meets on campus, on the days, times, and location listed on the class schedule. Please follow COVID-related health and safety guidelines while on NOVA premises. Please stay home if you feel ill.

The class also meets online in real-time via Zoom on the days and times listed on the class schedule as NOVA Workforce Online Class. Your instructor will facilitate live online lectures and discussions. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required. See Zoom Class Requirements for more details.

Note: Should local conditions change requiring restrictions related to COVID-19, the class will switch to fully-remote delivery or put on pause.

This class requires the use of your myNOVA account and the CANVAS online classroom. Please follow these instructions on how to activate your myNOVA account before the first day of class: How to access myNOVA and Canvas

Important: I am enrolling in this class as part of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program (WCG). As a condition to receiving a grant, I agree to the following terms and conditions as specified on this site: WCG Release Form.



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/08/2022, 11/23/2022, 11/24/2022, 11/25/2022)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/6/2022 - 12/2/2022 Weekly - Wed, Fri 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM Annandale, NOVA Annandale (CFH)  Map, Room: CFH-113 Lori Vintilescu  Laboratory
7/7/2022 - 12/1/2022 Weekly - Tue, Thu 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM VIRTUAL-ONLINE, NOVA Workforce Online Class  Map, Room: Online Lori Vintilescu  Lecture
12/6/2022 Tue 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM VIRTUAL-ONLINE, NOVA Workforce Online Class  Map, Room: Online Lori Vintilescu  Lecture

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