Massage Therapy Associate in Science

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Over the years, Massage Therapy has become integral to conventional healthcare, complementary healthcare and alternative healthcare environments. Massage Therapy is frequently used in sports medicine, hospitals, physical therapy, physicians’ offices, as well as in the chiropractic offices, spa/resort settings, gyms, and acupuncture clinics. Massage Therapy also complements the Spa Management Certificate by providing students with additional skills which will make them more valuable in the spa industry.

The curriculum is approved by the State of New Hampshire Massage Therapy Board, The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education, Post-Secondary Education Division. The program is also a member of the Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals and the American Massage Therapy Association. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take either of the New Hampshire approved licensing exams.

Massage lecture teaches the theory of massage. The lab allows for direct application of the concepts covered in theory as well as proper posture and body positioning. Students will partner with each other to practice proper massage technique.

Requirements

Admissions Criteria
The application preferred deadline is July 1st for the fall semester, and December 1st for the spring semester. After the deadlines, applications will be accepted until the program is filled.

Admissions Requirements for both the Associate Degree and Certificate in Massage Therapy

  1. Complete an application to the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent and submit an official copy of college transcripts (if applicable).
  3. A personal interview with the program director is required.

Clinical Requirements
After acceptance and prior to the first week of classes, all Massage Therapy students must:

  1. Submit a form (provided by the college and completed by your Physician) stating they are in good physical condition and have no contraindications to receiving massage. Hepatitis B immunizations are at the discretion of the physician but are highly recommended.
  2. Complete a Level I criminal background check using an approved vendor ($60).
  3. Possess and maintain personal health and accident Insurance prior to internships.
  4. Possess and maintain professional liability insurance prior to the first week of any class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at the One Stop ($20/year).
  5. Possess and maintain certification in adult/infant/child CPR and First Aid prior to clinical assignments

 

Technical Standards
The successful Massage Therapist is emotionally and psychologically stable. He/she is sensitive to the needs of the client, is able to set priorities, and perform in emergency situations in a quick, accurate, detail-oriented manner should these arise. He/she should be flexible, and possess manual dexterity and physical stamina. The massage therapy program is physically and mentally strenuous and requires occasional heavy lifting such as assisting a physically challenged client in getting on and off the massage table. Massage Therapists work with a diverse clientele to include all cultural backgrounds, individuals of various shapes and sizes and personalities. Individuals who cannot meet the professional, mental, physical and customer service demands may have difficulty meeting course objectives and the requirements of the field.

Licensed Massage Therapists must be American Heart Association Heart Saver, or American Red Cross or National Safety Council certified for adult/infant-child CPR and First Aid. We highly recommend that Certification be obtained before entering the program or within the first term as it is required before beginning Clinical courses.  Student liability insurance is required and must be obtained by the first week of your first class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at a discounted rate of $20 for one year.

Massage Therapy Program Suspension Information
Students  matriculated  in  the  Massage  Therapy  program  who  are withdrawn from the program or do not achieve the required minimum grade of “C” in all MASS designated and science courses will not be able to continue in the program.

Massage Therapy Readmission Policy
Students matriculated in the Massage Therapy Program who withdraw or are suspended may be eligible for readmission consideration. A student may be readmitted to the program one time only. Students who have failed a course because of lack of professionalism or unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are not eligible for readmission to   the   Massage   Therapy   Program.   Readmissions   are   contingent upon space availability. The student applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission and must have maintained a C or better in all MASS designated and science courses. If two or more semesters have passed before readmission, the student will be required to successfully complete competency exams for prior courses.

In order to be reconsidered for admission the student must submit a written, dated letter requesting readmission consideration to the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator. In this letter, briefly outline the reasons you were unable to continue in the program and identify the massage therapy course and level to which you are requesting readmission. Students who have requested readmission consideration will be ranked according to their prior Massage Therapy course average, as space availability is determined. Students will then be readmitted based on their ranking order and at the discretion of the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator. Students will then be notified of the status of the request in writing by the Admissions Department.

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay Community College transfer credit policy, cred-it for Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists cannot be more than ten years old at the time of acceptance.  . Transfer credits for Massage Therapy courses must be from an accredited school and will be at the discretion of the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator

First Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
MASS111 Massage Anatomy & Physiology I 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS110 Foundational Massage Techniques 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
HOSP244 Introduction to the Spa Industry 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MASS220 Pathology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Second Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS112 Massage Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS120 Advanced Massage Techniques 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS131 Kinesiology for Massage Therapists 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS125 Supervised Massage Lab 1 0 2 1
Classroom 0, Lab 2, Total 1
Total Credits 15

Third Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS210 Eastern Body Work Systems 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS250 Related Modalities & Adjunct Therapy 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
MASS215 Supervised Massage Lab 2 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
MASS225 Supervised Massage Lab 3 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
MASS122 Ethics For Massage Therapists 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Total Credits 15

General Education

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 6 0 6
Classroom 6, Lab 0, Total 6
Humanities Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 23

Total Overall Credits : 69

Additional Information

Curriculum Recommendations

  • Students completing the Associate Degree, wishing to continue their education in the Allied Health field may choose to take BIOL110 and BIOL120, instead of MASS111 and MASS112.
  • The Certificate Program can be completed in 3 semesters during the day. Those who choose to attend part time and/or evening will take longer to complete the program.
  • It is highly recommended that after the first week of MASS110 the student purchase a massage table and massage chair in order to practice at home

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