Program Objectives

The Therapeutic Massage program is designed to train students in the theory and technique of integrated bodywork modalities while developing skills in communication and ethics.  The objectives of the program are to:

§  Develop the personal and professional potential of students in the massage field.

§  Enable students to develop professional skills for placement as a professional massage therapist or in related field

§  Prepare students to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx)

§  Prepares students as entry-level massage therapists. 


General Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

·         Be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program.

·         Possess a high school diploma or GED.

·         Pass a criminal background check that demonstrates no recorded felonies.

·         Demonstrate the academic ability and the motivation to complete the program.

·         Complete an admissions interview and essay that demonstrate a willingness to participate in both the school and the wider community.

·         Be healthy and able to carry out the techniques or procedures that are necessary to be a massage therapist.

Enrollment Procedures

To enroll at NTC, you must complete the following steps:

1.      Submit an Enrollment Agreement

Complete and mail the Enrollment Agreement to NOVA Training Center, or complete the form in person with an Admissions Representative, or complete the form online on the school website.  All parts of the agreement must be completed.

2.      Submit the Registration Fee 

A non-refundable $45 Registration Fee is paid after finalizing the Enrollment Agreement

3.      Provide the Required Documents

§  Official diploma showing graduation from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university or the equivalent as determined by the School;

§  State or federal ID; and

§  Documentation of disabilities (if applicable).

4.      Pass the Admissions Test

All enrollees starting in 2019 must pass the Wonderlic admissions test with a score of 15 or higher

5.      Meet with an Admissions Representative.

Students must schedule a personal interview with an Admissions Representative, so the school can certify that they meet the entrance requirements and are a good candidate for the therapeutic massage program. For applicants who reside outside of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, a telephone interview may be arranged.


High School Diploma (or Equivalent)

NTC does not accept Ability-To-Benefit (A.T.B.) students for admissions. Therefore, to be accepted for admission, the school must have evidence on file that a student has received a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.



Transfer of Credit from Another School

NTC may accept transfer clock hours for previously completed training that was completed at other schools or colleges if the institution is accredited with an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The student may be granted transfer hours up to 25% of the total program credits from an outside institution. The following steps are taken by NTC: 

1.      The Director of Education will review transcripts to determine what hours, if any, will be granted. This determination is made before the student starts.

2.      The student must submit an Official Transcript (signed with the school seal); a catalog from the transferring institution, which describes the courses for which transfer hours are sought, and a syllabus from the transferring college. 

3.      Transfer hours/credits will be considered for credits toward graduation if the following criterion are met before starting at NTC:

§  Official transcript and catalog with course descriptions are approved

§  The course content is adjudged equivalent in content, hours and credits

§  A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better was achieved

§  The course was completed no more than three years before the transfer request is made

4.      NTC will review the transfer information within 14 calendar days.  An email notice is sent to the student regarding the transfer decision.

5.      All courses transferred from another institution will be marked as “transfer” in the student management system and on the corresponding transcript.

6.      Students will be charged on a pro-rata basis on the number of hours remaining in the program.

7.      Students may appeal the transfer decision by submitting a written notice to the Director of Education.


NTC makes no representation or guarantee regarding the transfer of hours/credits to other institutions. Acceptance of transfer is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students planning to attend another institution should check the policy of that institution regarding a transfer of hours/credits. In the event, a student is considering transferring to a new institution NTC will provide guidance and assistance.