Therapeutic massage achieves 100%

When the 2020 therapeutic massage graduates began the program in August 2019, their studies were interrupted by Hurricane Dorian. The last eight weeks of their final semester produced even greater educational struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In spite of those disruptions, the graduating class managed to complete all of their courses and achieve a 100 percent first-attempt passing rate on the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, the North Carolina State Board licensing examination for massage therapists. By passing the exam, the new graduates are eligible to apply for their massage therapy license, after which, they can enter the workforce.

“These students have had a lot to overcome during their time at Carteret Community College,” said Steven Koehler, Therapeutic Massage Instructor at Carteret Community College. “They managed to overcome the obstacles placed before them by natural disasters and a global pandemic, focus on their studies and successfully complete the program. We are so proud of their achievements. For all of these graduates to achieve 100 percent on the certification exam with so much uncertainty and stress around them is outstanding!”

By achieving a certificate in Therapeutic Massage, the graduates can enter the workforce as massage therapists and can work in health care facilities, chiropractors’ offices, spas, health/sports clubs and private practice.

Carteret Community College also offers several other degrees in the health field. These programs include:

  • Emergency Medical Sciences
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Radiography
  • Human Services Technology

“The instructors in the other Health Sciences programs also do very well at preparing students for the workforce and for their licensing exams,” said Dr. Tracy Mancini, President of Carteret Community College. “We are so proud of the graduating class for their hard work and their achievements. I know they will be successful in their careers and represent Carteret Community College well.”

If you are interested learning more about the Therapeutic Massage program, you can contact Sharell Allen at 252-222-6186. If you are interested in attending classes at Carteret Community College, please visit www.Carteret.edu or call 252-222-6000.

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