UA Rich Mountain in Final Stages to Offer New Massage Therapy Program

UA Rich Mountain in Final Stages to Offer New Massage Therapy Program

[October 5, 2018 – Mena, Ark.]  Dr. Krystal Thrailkill, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, has announced that UA Rich Mountain is in the final developmental stages of providing a new massage therapy program beginning in January 2019. Thrailkill said the college is currently awaiting final inspection by the Department of Health.

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). In Arkansas, the average median income for a licensed massage therapist is just over $45,000.

The program hours will be Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will be housed within the UA Rich Mountain Cosmetology facility currently located inside the Northside Shopping Center. The instructor for the massage therapy program will be Tammy Parnell, a licensed master massage therapist certified in medical massage.

Thrailkill explained that the profession is rapidly growing and there has been high interest expressed within the community for such a program. Minor modifications were made to the cosmetology facility to accommodate the additional program.

Registration will open November 12th and financial aid will be available to qualified applicants. There are only 15 slots available for the program so interested students are encouraged to apply online at, text RICHMTN to 34166, or contact Dr. Thrailkill by email or calling 479-394-7622 ext. 1300.

Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson said the college is committed to being responsive to the needs and interests of the community and is continuously working to develop additional programs.