Massage Therapy Program

Trimester-by-Trimester Curriculum

The Massage Therapy curriculum will ensure graduates have competency in basic sciences, ethical practices, wellness, clinical assessment, massage therapy, and clinical internship.

The Massage Therapy Certification Program requires a grand total of 705 clock hours.

Trimester 1

Course 225 Clock Hours / 11.5 Credit Hours
BIOL211 Anatomy & Physiology I: Fundamentals
BIOL212 Gross Anatomy Laboratory I
MT121 Massage: Fundamentals
MT111 Assessment I: Palpation
TERM161 Medical Terminology
PM112 Assessment II: Clinical Pathology/Microbiology
MT141 Ethical Practice Management I
MT171 Interpersonal Communication & Ethics


Trimester 2

Course 225 Clock Hours / 11 Credit Hours
BIOL213 Anatomy & Physiology II: Systems
MT131 Non-Western Medicine and Evidence Informed Practice (EIP)
MT222 Massage: Chair/Trigger Point/Sport
MT224 Massage: Special Populations
(Geriatric/Cancer/Pregnancy/Infant/Pediatric)
BIOL214 Anatomy & Physiology III: Kinesiology
BIOL 215 Gross Anatomy Laboratory II
MT323 Clinic Internship I


Trimester 3

Course 225 Clock Hours / 10 Credit Hours
NU151 Wellness I: Nutrition
WELL126 Relaxation Therapies: Yoga/Qi Gong
MT313 Assessment III: Signs/Symptoms/Sytemic Conditions/Exam Procedures
PT352 Wellness II: Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Exercise/Hydrotherapy
MT142 Ethical Practice Management II
MT225 Massage: Orthopedic/Syndromes/Chiropractic Setting
MT325 Clinic Internship II


Electives

One of the starred (*) electives is required for graduation.

Course Course Title
MT226* Massage: Myofascial Release/Thai/Aroma
MT227* Massage: Lymph Drainage/Reflexology/Energy Fundamentals
MT228* Massage: Cranial/Visceral
MT229* Massage: Advanced Fundamentals/Variations
MT233 CPR (May be used to meet clinic entrance requirement.)
MT234 Graston Technique

The Chiropractic Assistant Program is offered at our Lombard campus only.

Students enrolled in the Massage Therapy program who are also enrolled in the Chiropractic Assistant Certificate program will only need to complete the Sunday Seminars listed below. The Evening Courses are satisfied through the Massage Therapy program.

Students enrolled in only the Chiropractic Assistant Certificate program need to complete both Sunday Seminars and Evening Courses for all trimesters listed below. The Chiropractic Assistant program uses the same academic calendar as the Massage Therapy program. 

Trimester 1

Sunday Seminars

Course 30 Clock Hours
CA233 History and Principles of Chiropractic (one 5-hour seminar)
Diagnostic Testing (two 5-hour seminars)
Chiropractic Assistant Fundamentals 1 (two 5-hour seminars)
Nutritional Products (one 5-hour seminar) 
* CA233 is offered in Fall Trimester 

Evening Courses 

Course 75 Clock Hours
TERM161 Medical Terminology
MT111 Assessment I: Palpation
MT121 Massage Fundamentals
(30 hours of the 60-hour course, attend through the midterm exam) 


Trimester 2

Sunday Seminars

Course 30 Clock Hours
CA234 X-Ray Technology and Safety (one 5-hour seminar)
Darkroom Procedures (one 5-hour seminar)
Physiological Therapeutics (three 5-hour seminars)
Chiropractic Assistant Fundamentals II (one 5-hour seminar)
* CA234 is offered in Spring Trimester 

Evening Courses 

Course 105 Clock Hours
MT142 Ethical Practice Managment II
BIOL213 Anatomy and Physiology II: Systems
MT225 Massage Therapy: Orthopedic, Syndromes, Chiropractic Setting


Trimester 3

Sunday Seminars

Course 10 Clock Hours
CA235 Practicum in Clinic (two 5-hour experiences during clinic hours)
* CA235 is offered in all three trimesters 

Evening Courses 

Course 60 Clock Hours
MT313 Assessments III: Signs, Symptoms, Systemic Conditions, Examination Procedures
NU151 Wellness I: Nutrition
PT352 Wellness II: Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Exercise, Hydrotherapy

 

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