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Students Evaluate the Massage Program

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.

Favorite Classes

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 favorite.

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 the works.

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.

Recap of Massage Therapy Information Night

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 studies.


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 unique.

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 the body.

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.

- Deb