Massage Therapy Program

Course Descriptions

BIOL211 Anatomy & Physiology 1: Fundamentals
This course includes an introduction to anatomy and physiology and the basic structure and function of the muscular, skeletal and integumentary systems of the human body. Students will learn terminology and functional anatomical structures. Prerequisite: None

BIOL212 Gross Anatomy Laboratory 1
Under close supervision, students have the opportunity to observe and palpate prosected human cadavers. Tissues covered in A&P I will be specifically covered. Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: BIOL211

BIOL213 Anatomy & Physiology 2: Systems
This course includes the basic structure and function of the major systems of the human body with an emphasis on neuromuscular physiology. Also covered will be cell/tissues; integument; muscle physiology; nervous tissue; spinal cord and nerves, brain and cranial nerves; special senses, sensory and motor systems; autonomic nervous system; endocrine system and the stress response; cardiovascular system - heart, blood, vessels; lymphatic system; respiratory physiology; physiology of the digestive system and metabolism; physiology of the urinary system, and reproductive physiology (development and inheritance). Students will learn the terminology and functional anatomical structures. Prerequisite: BIOL211, BIOL212

BIOL214 Anatomy & Physiology 3: Kinesiology
This course includes the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. Students will learn terminology and functional anatomical structures with a detailed study of the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of the human body. Prerequisite: BIOL211, BIOL212

BIOL215 Gross Anatomy Laboratory 2
Under close supervision, students have the opportunity to observe and palpate prosected human cadavers. Tissues covered in Anatomy and Physiology II and III will be specifically covered.  Prerequisite: BIOL211, BIOL212. Corequisite: BIOL213, BIOL214

MT111 Assessment 1: Palpation
Students will learn through study and practical application the major superficial muscles and body landmarks. Basic palpation skills are developed in laboratory hands-on activities. Prerequisite: None.  Corequisite: BIOL211 and BIOL212

MT121 Massage: Fundamentals
This introductory course provides the student with a solid foundation of fundamental Swedish massage techniques and methods, along with proper biomechanics, posture and table management. Concepts in soft tissue physiology as they relate to massage also are stressed. Draping also will be covered in this laboratory. Prerequisite: None.  Corequisite: BIOL211, BIOL212, MT111

MT131 Non-Western Medicine and Evidence Informed Practice (EIP)
Massage therapy as practiced today incorporates various principles and objectives. Although a therapist need not be proficient in all types and styles of massage, an understanding of some of the more common variations utilized by therapists will assist a practitioner. This course provides an overview of some of the non-western approaches to medicine, as well as a brief overview of various energetically-based applications of massage. All health care professionals depend on research results for new information in their field. This course provides the foundation for understanding basic research methods, building research literacy skill, and learning how the application of research findings can strengthen one's practice. Prerequisite: None

MT141 Ethical Practice Management 1
Massage therapy students will learn about the scope of practice, use of client forms, the therapist-client relationship, developing a good working relationship with other health care practitioners including giving and receiving referrals, maintaining professional, ethical, sexual, and emotional boundaries with clients, recognizing potential problem areas, and providing guidelines for use in unclear and/or unsafe situations.  Prerequisite: None

MT142 Ethical Practice Management 2
Massage therapists commonly desire to start their own small business in providing massage therapy to clients. Information is discussed on the subjects of setting up and building a successful client base, bookkeeping, taxes, marketing, and compliance with local and state laws. Prerequisite: MT141

MT171 Interpersonal Communication & Ethics
This course teaches skills required as a speaker and listener as well as the basics of body language and non-verbal cues. The subject of ethical behavior is important to all massage professionals. In this course, participants will discuss personal and professional codes of ethics. This course focuses on different theories of ethics, ethical considerations involved in a massage business, and codes of ethics of professional massage associations. Corequisite: MT141

MT222 Massage: Chair/Trigger Point/Sport
This laboratory gives hands-on experience in the art and science of chair massage, trigger point therapy, and massage techniques for the chiropractic setting. Students builds on their previous hands-on skills and knowledge to begin to work with techniques for the structures of the body. Students will learn to adapt their skills to a wide range of client complaints by developing their ability to think critically and select appropriate courses of action with clients. Prerequisite: MT 121

MT224 Massage Therapy for Special Populations: Geriatric, Cancer, Pregnancy, Infant, Pediatric
This 30-hour course will explore the role of massage therapy as it relates to pregnancy, infant massage, cancer patients, AIDS patients, and the geriatric population. Other topics of interest will include massage for people with degenerative neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravies, Parkinson's disease, as well as other issues such as people with cerebral palsy, paraplegia or quadriplegia from stroke or trauma, respiratory or metabolic disorders, and hospice patients. This course may also include a field trip to a rehabilitation facility to witness first hand, the challenges and adaptations required by the massage therapist as they encounter various environments such as a hospital or clinic, as well as patients who may still be catheterized, connected to oxygen or intravenous lines, or have other physical limitations due to their condition. An extension of this course would allow students to offer massage to people with special needs as part of the NUHS Massage Outreach Program. The special needs of the pregnant female, the infant and the child also will be discussed with massage procedures being demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite: MT 121

MT225 Massage: Orthopedic/Syndromes/Chiropractic Setting
This laboratory gives hands-on experience in the art and science of orthopedics and sports massage. Students build on their previous hands-on skills and knowledge to begin to work with techniques for the structures of the body. Students will learn to adapt their skills to a wide range of client complaints by developing their ability to think critically and select appropriate courses of action with clients.  Prerequisite: BIOL213, BIOL214, BIOl215, MT222

MT313 Assessment 3: Signs/Symptoms/Systemic Conditions/Exam Procedures
This course will give students insight into what to look for and listen for during the history and assessment of the client to help them determine an appropriate massage therapy plan or to consider referral. This course also helps students to understand examination procedures used in health care offices and how those procedures help to determine conditions of the major human systems and how they relate to wellness.  Prerequisite: BIOL213, BIOL214, BIOL215

MT323 Clinic Internship 1
Students will participate in Internship I in the University's clinics. Students must complete the equivalent of 30 one-hour therapy sessions. The clinical experiences improve confidence and client interaction and provide opportunities to learn and experience a greater diversity of treatment plans. The experience includes orientations and on-site seated or table massage. The clinic and assigned clinic hours are matched to the request of each student when possible; students will be assigned when requests can not be accommodated. Second and third trimester internships comprise a minimum of 32 continuous weeks beginning with the second trimester and ending with the third trimester. Students are expected to maintain clinical internship hours during the course break between second and third trimesters. Internship I and II must be taken as one unit. Withdrawal from a second trimester course also requires withdrawal from massage internship.

Prerequisites:

  1. Successfully complete all courses in the first trimester. (Students who do not enter clinic immediately upon finishing MT121 must pass a massage competency assessment before scheduling clients.)
  2. Complete freshman physical.
  3. Present proof of a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers with AED card that will not expire prior to the end of the clinic internship.
  4. If taking full second and third trimester course loads: Concurrent enrollment in all second trimester courses. If any second trimester courses are NOT successfully completed, Massage Internship I (MT323A) must be repeated with the failed course.
  5. If taking a partial load in second trimester and planning to take the full course load in third trimester: Concurrent enrollment in all remaining second trimester courses. If any second trimester courses are NOT successfully completed, Massage Internship I (MT323A) must be repeated with the failed course. If circumstances change at the successful conclusion of second trimester, and third trimester is taken via partial load, the student must repeat Massage Internship I (MT323A) with the initial partial load of the third trimester courses (second-to-last trimester of attendance before graduation).
  6. If planning to take partial loads in third trimester: Internship I must be taken in the second-to-last trimester of attendance prior to graduation. Internship II must be taken in the trimester in which the student graduates (last trimester of attendance). If any third trimester courses are NOT successfully completed, Massage Internship I (MT323A) must be repeated unless all remaining courses are taken from the third trimester (unless the failed course was Internship I) including Internship II to finish the program.

Note:The use of MT323A on a transcript indicates than an additional 15 hours of massage have been added to the student's requirement for graduation due to extenuating circumstances.

Corequisite: BIOL213, MT222, MT224, BIOL214, BIOL215

MT325 Clinic Internship 2
Students will participate in Internship II in the University's clinics and a variety of sites in the community. Students must complete the equivalent of 60 one-hour therapy sessions. The clinical experience improves confidence and client interaction, and provides opportunities to learn and experience a greater diversity of treatment plans. The experience includes orientations and on-site seated or table massage. The clinic and assigned clinic hours are matched to the request of each student when possible; students will be assigned when requests can not be accommodated. Community sites are offered to provide experience outside the college campus and aid in job placement. These may include athletic clubs, rehabilitation clinics, senior centers, hospitals, corporate offices, police and fire departments, and sports and dance venues. Second and third trimester internships comprise a minimum of 32 continuous weeks beginning with the second trimester and ending with the third trimester. Students are expected to maintain clinical internship hours during the course break between second and third trimesters. Internship I and II must be taken as one unit.

Prerequisites:

  1. Successful completion of all second trimester courses.
  2. Concurrent enrollment in all third trimester courses.
  3. Must be taken during the last trimester of attendance (the trimester in which the student graduates). If any third trimester courses must be repeated, Internship II (MT325A) must be repeated.

Note: The use of MT325A on a transcript indicates than an additional 15 hours of massage have been added to the student's requirement for graduation due to extenuating circumstances.

Corequisite: NU151, WELL126, MT313, PT352, MT142, MT225

NU151 Wellness 1: Nutrition
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of human nutrition. Introductory topics include a description of the basic science aspects of the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins (macronutrients), minerals, and metals (micronutrients) used by the body to obtain maximal health status. Topics presented in this course include a discussion of the severe deficiency states for both micronutrients and macronutrients. Energy production and weight management are described. Food habits in the United States and nutrition for sports and exercise are introduced, as well as the clinical aspects of connective tissue disease and musculoskeletal and joint health is given. An introduction to the use of botanical medicines is also presented. Prerequisite: None

PM112 Assessment 2: Clinical Pathology/Microbiology
This course introduces students to the basics of inflammation and repair, infectious disease, universal precautions and conditions of the skin, muscle and fascia. Students will learn to identify skin, muscle and fascial conditions they are likely to encounter in a massage practice. Prerequisite: None

PT352 Wellness 2: Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Exercise/ Hydrotherapy
This course discusses the scientific application of rehabilitation procedures, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy for therapeutic purposes and wellness. Students will learn the correct uses of rehabilitation procedures, therapeutic exercise and applications of ice packs and hot packs. Prerequisite: BIOL213, BIOL214, BIOL215

TERM161 Medical Terminology
Students will learn terminology for use in the massage therapy environment and terminology necessary to communicate with other health care providers. Prerequisite: None

WELL126 Relaxation Therapies: Yoga/Qi Gong
Stress reduction is one of the main benefits of massage therapy. This laboratory teaches how to recognize stress and the physiological and psychological effects of stress. A variety of stress intervention techniques such as yoga and Qi Gong for the reduction of stress will be learned and practiced. Prerequisite: None

MT226 Massage: Myofascial Release/Thai/Aroma
This 30-hour laboratory gives hands-on demonstration and experience in the art of myofascial release and Thai massage. The students will also be introduced to aroma therapy. Prerequisite: None

MT227 Massage: Lymph Drainage/Reflexology/Energy Fundamentals
This 30-hour laboratory gives hands-on demonstration and experience in the art of manual lymphatic drainage, reflexology and basic energy procedures. Prerequisite: None

MT228 Massage: Cranial/Visceral
This 30-hour laboratory gives hands-on demonstration and experience in the art of cranial fascia technique and visceral massage procedures.  Prerequisite: None

MT229 Massage: Advanced Fundamentals & Variations
This 30-hour laboratory gives hands-on demonstration and experience in advanced general massage procedures and options due to body type and size. Prerequisite: MT121

MT233 CPR
This course is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support with AED for Health Care Professionals course for students who don't currently possess this certification card. Prerequisite: None

MT234 Graston Technique
This 15-hour hands-on laboratory course presents assessment and treatment procedures for soft tissue lesions throughout the body. The assessment procedures may include palpation, "Cyriax style" active and passive tissue evaluation, and other procedures that are specific to the application of Graston Technique. Treatment will be primarily via the use of Graston instruments. Manual myofascial release, manual trigger point therapy, soft tissue elongation techniques, stretching, and rehabilitation exercises may be included. Physical modalities such as ultrasound, hot packs and cold packs may be used if the venue permits. Visceral adhesions, intra-oral, and pelvic floor lesions will not be addressed. Prerequisite: MT12

Courses for Chiropractic Assistant Certificate

CA233 History & Principles of Chiropractic, CA Fundamentals, Nutritional Products, and Diagnostic Testing
This course provides the fundamentals of what a chiropractic assistant does on a day-to-day basis to help the chiropractic physician with the care and management of patients and the business/management needs of the office in 10 hours (two five-hour seminars).

This course provides five hours of instruction (one five-hour seminar) in the philosophy and history of manipulative care, identifying specific individuals and their contributions to the development of the modern practice of chiropractic.

This course provides five hours (one five-hour seminar) of instruction on the appropriate identification and categorization of botanical medicines, supplements, and other nutritional products used in the chiropractor's office. It provides information regarding labeling laws, standardization, and methods of extraction of nutrients and supplements as well as botanical medicine, chelators, glandular products, and glyconutrients. A description of dosage forms, dose scheduling, and types of preparations available is given. The positive and negative aspects of each type of product is discussed.

This course also provides 10 hours of instruction (two five-hour seminars) in an introduction to procedures and equipment used in making a diagnosis, including the taking and recording of vital signs. Laboratory procedures including urinalysis, venipuncture and hematology are discussed.

CA234 X-Ray Technology & Safety, Darkroom Procedures and Physiological Therapeutics
This course provides a continuation of the fundamentals of what a chiropractic assistant does on a day-to-day basis to help the chiropractic physician with the care and management of patients and the business/management needs of the office in 5 hours (one five-hour seminar).

This course provides 10 hours of instruction (two five-hour seminars) in the study of the basic principle of X-ray imaging, the safety considerations surrounding this technology, and the proper development of X-rays. This course also provides 15 hours of instruction (three five-hour seminars) in the procedures and equipment used in administering physiological therapeutics, including hands-on training.

CA535 Practicum in the Clinic
This clinic practicum provides 10 hours of experience in the University clinic system. The experience gives the student the opportunity to function as a CA in a clinical setting.

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