The Massage Therapy Advisory Board met recently and I was lucky
enough to be in attendance. One of the functions of this group is
to review evaluations filled out by our students at the end of each
trimester. Through this process, they acknowledge the successes
within the program and make suggestions for improvements down the
road. Dr. Randy
Swenson chairs this board and takes the students' responses
very seriously. One of the reasons that National University
students have a 91% pass rate on their national
board exams is because their feedback and suggestions are used
to improve the program and better their experience.
The results of the most recent evaluations completed by first
trimester students showed that they gave the highest kudos to the
fundamentals class. In this course, new students are taught a full
body one hour massage. Second trimester students indicated that the
chair massage and sports massage courses were their favorites.
Third trimester students overwhelmingly gave a high five to the
orthopedic and assessment course which they felt gave them
invaluable working knowledge of multiple syndromes which might
throw them off in future practice.
Students identified the chair massage course as a
Open to Suggestions
In addition to evaluating the program, current students are also
asked to comment on the university as a whole. One area where
students thought we needed improvement was to have the campus store
open a little later so that they can stop in before classes (which
start at 6:00 p.m.). I am happy to report that this request is in
It was also suggested that the CPR course be included in the
basic curriculum since it is required that students have this
training before their clinical rotation starts. Because many of our
students come to us with CPR already under their belt, the Advisory
Board didn't think it would be fair to put it in as a required
course at this time.
Watching the group in action is just delightful. They have
enthusiasm for the work we accomplish here and a true passion for
touch therapy. They are the guardians of our program and knowing
who they are and how they operate I am reassured that the massage
therapy program is in very good hands.
If you missed last week's Information Night, you missed a great
event with featured speakers Dr. Randy Swenson, our Dean, and
Massage Envy owner, Jan Gentner!
The hit of the night, as usual, was our cadaver demonstration.
Because our students spend a good deal of time studying anatomy on
cadavers, it's important for them to get to view a body and hear
about how instrumental this learning tool will be in their future
Our alumnus, Matt Clement, gives a guided tour of the body as he
shares the highlights of his experience as a student and as a
professional massage therapist--and Matt's got some great stories!
We invited our guests to put on some gloves and touch the human
body (if they dare) and we had a few takers. Each person that
donates a body to science is offering the ultimate gift to medical
and health students and we are most grateful and respectful of that
gift. This type of experience in a massage school is quite
We also visited Dr. Ed Bifulco's palpation class where his
students were poking and prodding the knee area to learn how to
detect abnormal pathologies. This is a class that is not teaching
any kind of massage technique but is one of the foundation courses
that make our students well prepared to detect areas of concern in
I can guarantee you will be well prepared for your board exam
and your career if you decide to choose National for your formal
education. Give me a call (1-800-826-6285) or email me if you'd like to visit
or just chat. Personal tours are offered every week day.
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